European invasion for Aldeburgh
MORE than 300 people from across Europe will descend on Aldeburgh this weekend as part of its 'Cultural Village of the Year' celebrations.Visitors from France, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, Greece, Estonia, Germany, the Czech Republic and Hungary will be put up by local people and treated to a weekend of entertainment in Aldeburgh and its surrounding villages.
MORE than 300 people from across Europe will descend on Aldeburgh this weekend as part of its 'Cultural Village of the Year' celebrations.
Visitors from France, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, Greece, Estonia, Germany, the Czech Republic and Hungary will be put up by local people and treated to a weekend of entertainment in Aldeburgh and its surrounding villages.
Aldeburgh is a member of a network of twelve European small towns and villages known as the Cultural Villages of Europe (CVE), which was established in 1996.
On Saturday, the visitors will be treated to a day of entertainment at Snape Maltings concert hall, while on Sunday, the activities move to Aldeburgh where there will be a closing ceremony in the Moot Hall for the Mayors and other senior officials of the villages participating.
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This will be chaired by Alan Britten, and attended by John Gummer, MP for Suffolk Coastal. Following this there will be a street party where each nation will have a stall promoting their local produce and crafts.
Cllr Maggy Wilson, Suffolk Coastal's Cabinet Member for Culture & Leisure and Chairman of the Aldeburgh Cultural Village of Europe 2003 organising committee, said: "Aldeburgh has been a member of the CVE network since 1999 and we have thoroughly enjoyed hosting the programme of events which brings members together to celebrate and share their communities' diverse characters and lifestyles.
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"The festival will promote Aldeburgh nationally and internationally as a prime destination for cultural tourism. I would like to thank all those organisations who have supported us financially and local people for helping to make this event the success I know it will be."