I’m glad to introduce a new edition of the European Film Festival.
Last year, the European Union and South Africa celebrated ten years of our Strategic Partnership, which enhances our long diplomatic, trade and development support relationship, initiated in support of the victims of Apartheid and strengthened during democratic South Africa.
Underpinning our strong Partnership there must be an increased understanding of each other, an understanding that cultural exchanges contribute to create.
In 2018 we celebrate the 100h anniversary of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu, two cultural icons that continue to inspire Europeans and that we are celebrating in Europe, including during the recent European Development Days or the coming European tour of MIAGI Youth Orchestra ‘Be the Legacy’!, to name but a few events. 2018 is also the year of European Culture Heritage, a culture of diversity and openness that I hope this year’s award winning, handpicked, film selection will contribute to showcase.
I would finally like to thank the British Council for leading the organisation, the Embassy of the United Kingdom, the Curators and our partners Ster-Kinekor and the National Arts Festival for their hard work and support.
Ambassador Marcus Cornaro
Head of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of South Africa