Viva Europa! Eastbourne joins operatic celebrations

EASTBOURNE is joining 58 cities from 18 countries across Europe to take part in a live screening of Puccini’s Tosca on June 13 (7pm).

The opera is being performed at the Opera House in Valencia and will be screened, for free, on the Wish Tower slopes.

Eastbourne is the only UK venue taking part in the event.

The cultural initiative was born out of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation in 2009 and this is the third consecutive year, within the European Year of Volunteering 2011 under the patronage of Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure councillor Neil Stanley said, “We are very excited to take part in Viva Europa for the first time with Eastbourne joining an audience across Europe for this world famous opera.

“The screening is completely free and we hope that residents enjoying the tennis, as well as visitors who have come into the town to watch the sporting action at Devonshire Park, will take the chance to extend their day out and enjoy this fantastic evening performance, in the natural amphitheatre of the Wish Tower Slopes.

“The giant screening went down really well for the Royal Wedding earlier this year and this is another brilliant opportunity to bring the whole community together.

“With the town well and truly behind the tennis this year, we hope this screening will add to the real buzz that Eastbourne is enjoying.”

For more information on the Eastbourne screening, which will also have bars open for refreshments, log on to the website www.visiteastbourne.com