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MEPs express support to the WIMUST project in Brussels

Added: (Sun Jul 01 2012)

Pressbox (Press Release) - Italian MEP Silvia Costa hosted the presentation of the European project WIMUST–Women in Music Uniting Strategies for Talent on the 19th of June 2012 at the European Parliament in Brussels, discussing on the WIMUST activities and objectives with Patricia Adkins Chiti (President, Fondazione Adkins Chiti-Donne in Musica), MEPs Antigoni Papodopoulou (Cyprus) and Britta Thomsen (Denmark), Alessandro Senesi (Deputy Head of Unit, Directorate General for Education and Culture) and Federiga Bindi (Director of Italian Cultural Institute, Brussels).

During the presentation MEP Silvia Costa gave also the floor to women composers Sophie Lacaze (France) and Tina Ternes (Germany) and the Italian Flute Quartett “IMAGE” performed commissioned works from both composers as well as from Pernille Bévort (Denmark), Marielli Sfakianaki (Greece), Silvia Colasanti (Italy) and Kristina Vasiliauskaite (Lithuania).

“WIMUST – Women In Music Uniting Strategies for Talent”, which is supported by the Culture Programme of the European Commission and administrated by EACEA, is undertaken by the Italian Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica in collaboration with Women in/for/and Music organisations, Conservatories and Universities in: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal Rumania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom.

WIMUST objectives are Information, Communication and Promotion of Slogan: “Culture development needs women and music” to European media and Stakeholders about the presence and ongoing activities of women composers; Advocacy for 2009 European Parliament Resolution to reinforce official recognition of the presence and value in public and cultural sectors of women making music; Investigation of mechanisms producing inequalities with production of statistics for works by women programmed by EU publicly funded institutions; Encouragement of trans-national mobility for women composers and practitioners to amplify professional skills, and life-long creativity; Updating of existing European composers archives in preparation for publication of a European Yearbook of Women Composers and Creators of Music”. Further information on the WIMUST project is available at http://www.donneinmusica.org/wordpress/wimust/

MEP Silvia Costa (rapporteur for the Creative Europe Programme):

“I am profoundly happy about Fondazione Adkins Chiti’s new project aimed to reinforce official recognition of the presence and value in public and cultural sectors of women composers”

MEP Antigoni Papodopoulou (Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality):

“I would like to congratulate Ms Adkins Chiti for her effort and work to gain visibility for women composers. The WIMUST project will have my full support”

Patricia Adkins Chiti (scientific director of WIMUST project):

“Obstacles to gender equality are particularly deep rooted and require specific steps to reduce inequalities. Talent alone is not sufficient for the artistic quality of a performance or the success of a professional career and better representation of men and women in the performing arts would reinvigorate the sector”

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Submitted by:Lorena Jiménez (International Press Officer)
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