The European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) and the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) have the pleasure to announce the launch of the Third Edition of the Sea of Words Literary Competition.
We encourage the production of short stories that portray the different realities of the Euro-Mediterranean region from the point of view of the young people who live there, through the organisation of a Euro-Med short story competition.
This year, the theme is justice, equality and inclusion in the Mediterranean and in Europe in line with the objectives of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.
Applicants must be under 30 years of age and residents in one of the forty three countries of the Union for the Mediterranean, and write in one of the languages of the countries of the Union for the Mediterranean.
The short-stories should be submitted by e-mail before midnight (Spain Local Time) 15 September 2010.
For more information, please visit the competition website. For further queries, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Now and Become the Next Winner of the Sea of Words Competition.
Thank you for your involvement.
European Institute of the Mediterranean
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On Saturday night, European Televoters and Juries voted Germany the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. This is the second time in the History of Eurovision that German of won the contest, see a history on escireland.com.
It now falls to the German broadcaster ARD to host the contest next year.
Throughout the voting on Saturday night many comments were passed about the fact that Europe was rewarding Germany for bailing them out and to the fact that Germany was probably the only country able to afford the Eurovision Song Contest!
In my own view, I loved the German entry from the first time I heard it. Satellite is an amazing song and Lena is an excellent singer with raw talent! So we are off to Germany next year! Hopefully I will be there!
On the Irish entry, I agree with Diarmy.
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- Eurovision Song Contest 2010: ten reasons why Germany won (telegraph.co.uk)
So the time is upon us! Tonight sees the first of the live Eurovision Song Contest shows on our TV screens. It is starting at 8pm (RTÉ 2 and BBC3). The running order for Semi-final 1 is here.
ESCIreland.com will be running a live blog of the Semi and it should start around 7:30pm (Irish Time). Also take note to the changes to the voting this year! You can vote 20 times and voting starts with the first song!
Also do make your predictions on who will get through tonight and Thursday night! ESCIreland will be publishing the top ten countries and who ever selects the correct ten will be named!
Do join us for the Live blog, it will be fun!
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- The voting: How does it work? (eurovision.tv)
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This weekend Armenia and Poland selected their representatives for the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo this weekend. Its getting closer and each weekend now will see a good few chosen.
Armenia selected “Apricot Stone” which is sung by Eva Rivas. This to me is a very typical Armenian entry! Its not standing out from previous entries and the chorus is just random, then again she is singing about apricots….
Poland has chosen “Legenda” by Marcin Mrozinski. It is a traditional eurovision song in my mind, but Marcin is a powerful singer. It could do well.
Next weekend sees Malta, Macedonia, Slovenia and Spain pick there representatives
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After I finished my post last night, Cyprus and the Netherlands completed their selections for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010.
Cyprus went for Jon Lilygreen & The Islanders with “Life looks better in spring”. It is a nice gentle song. It doesn’t stand out for me though.
The Netherlands had all ready picked their song, ”Ik ben verliefd, Shalalie”, and was just matching it up with a band. They went with Sieneke. I am not sure what to make of the song, I will leave it up to you!
Armenia and Poland decide on their representatives this weekend.
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I found this Via John
From Slack Spaces to Creative Cities
Presented by The National Sculpture Factory for ArtTrail 09
St John’s College,
Main Lecture Hall.
Friday 20th November
Admission Free, no Booking required
Artists and creative practitioners have a rich history of co-opting ’slack spaces’, vacant, unused commercial units, to realise art projects, create ‘pop-up’ galleries and to establish studio spaces. Now City Councils, landlords, estate agents and universities are also embracing these opportunities in the post-Celtic Tiger recession era to develop new working strategies for the use, reuse and new use of these inner-city spaces.
National Sculpture Factory as part of Art Trail 09 will host a public debate on possible new strategies for the creative development of these empty commercial spaces, from existing working models like Creative Limerick, part of a Limerick City Council strategy, and those used by the Waterford City Council Arts Office among others.
It sounds like an interesting idea and there is a Public Forum afterwords. The use of unused commercial properties is becoming an issue in Cork and allowing artists to use them in the short-term could be a nice way to actually highlight their potential. I may go along to this!
More details on John’s blog
Someone filled me in on a little something at is happening on Staurday here in Cork! See below for the details!
Let Mr. Blue Sky in!
Who do we want? Everyone! No experience necessary.
For what? A flash mob to celebrate the arts in Cork.
When is it happening? Saturday 14th Nov. at 1.30pm
Where is it happening? Patricks Street, Cork
How long will it last? Around 3.5 minutes
Why? To stand up (and dance a little) for the arts. And to bring fun and bewilderment to Patricks Street punters.
What do you need to do to take part? You need to come to two rehearsals at the newly revamped Savoy Theatre, Patricks Street on Wednesday 11th November, 7.30pm – 9.30pm and Saturday 14th November, 10.30am Then let Mr Blue Sky in at 1.30pm
Sign up for it now RSVP to letmrblueskyin[at]gmail[dot]com
This sounds like a bit of fun and sounds like it will make a point at the same time. Fair play to the Campaign for Arts for it! It will be a marked contrast to the disruption cause by the Union Protest on Friday!
Well we are just over a month away from the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow which takes place on May 14th. This semi final sees another 19 songs competing for a place in the Final. This is the semi that Ireland has been drawn in so it should be the interesting one for us. France and Russia will also be voting in this semi. As usual I have linked to the Youtube videos for you to make up your own mind. So lets get too it. I of course will attempt a prediction as well. Oh and the Preview for Semi-Final One is here.
1. Croatia: Igor Cukrov feat. Andrea with “Liepa Tena” (Beautiful Tena) Youtube
A ballad to start us off on the night from Croatia. As most of you know I am not a great fan of ballads, but this is a nice ballad. Its the first song so who knows, it may be remembered, it may be forgotten. The voice is a bit shake on the video I have linked I wonder will they have improved by the semi?
2. Ireland: Sinéad Mulvey and Black Daisy with “Et Cetera” Youtube
I must say that since I first heard this song, its has grown a hell of a lot on me. Its a cool rock song and certainly stands out compared to the first song. Come on Ireland!
3. Latvia: Intars Busulis with “Probka” (Traffic Jam) Youtube
This is another rock song, which could harm Ireland’s chances as its right after it. I’m not a great fan of this song but it could do well considering its in Russian.
4. Serbia: Marko Kon and Milaan with “Cipela” (Shoe) Youtube
This to me is your typical balkan song. Not really one that does it for me, but one that may elicit votes from neighbours. I don’t see it getting through though.
5. Poland: Lidia Kopania with “I Don’t Wanna Leave” Youtube
Poland are trying a ballad again this year, despite what happened last year. It is a lovely song, but are ballads past it with the public? Will the juries go for them?
6. Norway: Alexander Rybak with “Fairytale” Youtube
This is a cool song, mainly because I just love violins in pop/rock songs. So far this is the one that will have my vote on the night. Its cathcy and very listenable.
7. Cyprus: Christina Metaxa with “Firefly” Youtube
Cyprus have gone with a ballad this year. Its not a really catchy one. I think its quite poor in comparison with Norways entry in my opinion. Greece are in this semi so it may get through.
8. Slovakia: Kamil Mikulčík and Nela Pocisková with “Leť tmou” (Fly through Darkness) Youtube
Another ballad and this ones a duet to make it stand out slightly. This semi seems to be ballad heavy so it could be a long night! My usual sentiments for ballads applied here. Though the girl has some lungs on her! (My slovakian is useless so not sure which is the girls name!)
9. Denmark: Niels Brinck with “Believe Again” Youtube
Theres an Irish connection to this song. It was written by Ronan Keating which explains why it sounds familar. Its a nice song and up tempo compared to most songs in this semi so could do well. Is i just me or does Niels sound like Ronan?
10. Slovenia: Quartissimo feat. Martina Majerle with “Love Symphony” Youtube
More violins! and a chello or something (could be a double bass). Very classy song and perfomance. Martina has an amazing voice and this is a wonderful song.
11. Hungary: Zoli Ádok with “Dance with Me” Youtube
Finally something different. Its a bit of a pop song. It has a bit of disco feel to it. At first I wasnt sure what to make of the song,, but it has grown on me. Its one you will have to make your own mind up on.
12. Azerbaijan: AySel and Arash with “Always” Youtube
And then come Azerbaijan who have gone for pop song. Coming straight after Hungary won’t help either of them. Its a good song though and I think its better then Hungary’s entry.
13. Greece: Sakis Rouvas with “This Is Our Night” Youtube
Sakis is back! This is becoming one of my favourites of this year Eurovision (along with Finland). Sakis previously represented Greece in 2004 where he came 3rd with “Shake It“. He hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006. This is a song that will be around after the competition I think.
14. Lithuania: Sasha Son with “Love” Youtube
And Lithuania slow things down again. This is a nice gentle song from Sasha Son. Its a nice song, but will it do well in Moscow? Especially after three fast songs?
15. Moldova: Nelly Ciobanu with “Hora din Moldova” (Dance from Moldova) Youtube
And Moldova speed things up a bit again and bring a real Balkan feel to the contest. I prefer this song to the Serbian entry. The dance is a bit of fun too! Its lively and should go down well.
16. Albania: Kejsi Tola with “Carry Me in Your Dreams” Youtube
Albania keeps the tempo up with its entry. Its a nice song, but not one of my favourites.
17. Ukraine: Svetlana Loboda with “Be My Valentine! (Anti-Crisis Girl)” Youtube
Ukraine stick with the tried and tested fast tempo pop song. Its not as good as previous entries from Ukraine in my opinion. The chorus is good and catchy though and the trumpets are class. It will qualify though.
18. Estonia: Urban Symphony with “Rändajad” (Travellers) Youtube
And Estonia go for a poppy ballad, its a bit faster then most of the ballads in this semi, but will it qualify? Its a toss up for Estonia, and entering a song in Estonian is a bit of a risk
19. The Netherlands: The Toppers with “Shine” Youtube
To finish up we have The Netherlands. They were one of the first countries to select their entry, did they pick well? I think so. Its a nice song, which as you smiling and clapping along. It will do well in the final position I think.
So here is where I normally get everything wrong, but I have a good chance of picking at least 2 songs that will qualify! So here it goes
- The Netherlands
So you think I’m right?
So thats the second Semi-Final done. Only the final 5 songs left the preview are the big four and Russia’s entry which will be done in the next week or so!