• Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bakir Sadovic, Ed Husic MP and Ambassador of Kosovo Sabri Kicmari

    Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bakir Sadovic, Ed Husic MP and Ambassador of Kosovo Sabri Kicmari

  • Dr.David Williams, CSIRO, Chief of Protocol Lyndal Sachs and Ambassador of EU Sem Fabrizi

    Dr.David Williams, CSIRO, Chief of Protocol Lyndal Sachs and Ambassador of EU Sem Fabrizi

  • Ivano and Janet Casella and Jason Collins

    Ivano and Janet Casella and Jason Collins

  • Tamara Meladze and Svetlana Sharapa Zazo

    Tamara Meladze and Svetlana Sharapa Zazo

  • Tas Sakellaris, Elizabeth Reed and Jon Shaw

    Tas Sakellaris, Elizabeth Reed and Jon Shaw

  • Norzanah Hashim and her husband High Commissione of Brunei Darussalam Zakaria Ahmad

    Norzanah Hashim and her husband High Commissione of Brunei Darussalam Zakaria Ahmad

  • Tim Vines, Kathleen Grant, Leonard Weiss and Monica Osuchowski

    Tim Vines, Kathleen Grant, Leonard Weiss and Monica Osuchowski

  • CSO's Sarah Kimball and Frances Corkhill

    CSO's Sarah Kimball and Frances Corkhill

  • Carolina Lambert with Dorothee and Bruno Scholl

    Carolina Lambert with Dorothee and Bruno Scholl

  • Ambassador of the EU Delegation Sem Fabrizi and his wife Rebecca

    Ambassador of the EU Delegation Sem Fabrizi and his wife Rebecca

Europe Day @ the National Museum of Australia

9 May 2016

Europe Day was celebrated at the National Museum of Australia with the requisite toasts and formalities and of course the hauntingly beautiful  national anthem best known as Ode to Joy in Beethoven’s final movement of his 9th symphony. It would be an odious comparison to our ‘girt by sea’ for Aussies all or the folksy swagman at the billabong we love to warble but there is something quite extraordinary about the Ode.

The NMA was resplendent in a colour palette of blue mimicking an endless sky and spectacular space images from the Copernicus satellite program with models of the ESA Sentinel satellites that are part of the innovative partnerships with the CSIRO, Geoscience Australia and the EU. There are many collaborations and partnership in other fields that encompass medical research, energy efficiency, climate action and defence and Europe is our biggest investor.

Interestingly on the other side of town an art installation for Europe Day, May 9 was created by Polish artist Gosia Wlodarczak in the foyer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Frosted Glass was the name of the installation and was an initiative of The Street Theatre and the ANU Centre for European Studies. Described as an ‘artist in residence’ event I don’t think that means Gosia has to camp there.