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Schuman Lights Up: Green energy nights illuminate the annual festivities
Schuman Lights Up kicks off for a fortnight of festive winter cheer from 5 to 19 December with a new programme of eco-friendly activities.
The illuminated marquee installed in the middle of Schuman roundabout hosts three green-themed evenings, each presenting aspects of the European Green Deal, on 12, 13 and 19 December.
During this trio of events, Toyota Europe provides the prototype Toyota Mirai Full Cell Vehicle to produce the electricity needed to light up the Christmas trees and the illuminations in the marquee.
As ever, the annual event organised by nonprofit Schuman Square shows off the cultural diversity of the EU quarter aimed at fostering a community spirit. It invites partners to host colourful international initiatives, from Italian, Czech and Ukrainian to Welsh, Scottish and Congolese.
Various embassies, regional offices and NGOs lay on a feast of food and drink specialities. Additional entertainment in the form of dance and music ensure that this sparkling venue is the place to be in the EU quarter in the busy pre-Christmas season.
The majority of events are free and open to the public, but space is limited, so it’s best to arrive early.
7 December, 10.00-22.00 People in Need For Ukraine NGO: exhibition Polina, life of a young Ukrainian girl. Hosted by the Czech presidency with Commission DG ECHO
8 December, 17.00-22.00 Ceilidh and Celtic songs: foot-tapping fun on the dancefloor. Hosted by the Scottish and Welsh regional government offices
9 December, 17.00-22.00 Congolese artists meet Europe: dance, fashion, food, and music with Junior Fataki (Rumba: UNESCO heritage)
10 December 10.00-17.00 Taste of European Flavours: food and music
11 December 14.00-22.00 Youdance academy: Sunday ball, salsa, food and drinks
12 December, 16.30-18.00 Exhibition and public debate on the green deal: Towards a European hydrogen ecosystem. With the participation of energy commissioner Kadri Simson; hosted by the Representation of the European Commission in Belgium in collaboration with the European region offices of Netherlands, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
13 December, 17.00-22.00 Enjoy a tour of European gourmet specialities, hosted by embassies and representative offices
19 December, 17.00-21.30 Eurochanukah: lighting of a Menorah candle (pictured above), music and buffet, hosted by EJCC European Jewish Community Center