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News - 9 February 2004
Estelle Morris MP

Arts Minister visits Brighton

Estelle Morris MP, Minister at the Department of Media, Culture and Sport, will visit Brighton on Tuesday 10 February to discuss the opportunities for Brighton's arts and creative industries within the expanding EU. Ten countries from central Europe and the Mediterranean will join the EU this May as part of Europe's biggest-ever enlargement.

The Minister will meet a range of organisations from Brighton's arts and creative media industries at the Komedia Theatre to discuss the opportunities and challenges of EU enlargement. These will include Same Sky, which organises a diverse range of community events, the visual art gallery Fabrica, and Lighthouse, the media arts centre working in film and video.

Estelle Morris said, "A bigger Europe will be a springboard for creativity in Brighton. Our 10 new neighbours have their own unique heritage and will contribute a wealth of new cultural diversity to the EU. We will be part of a continent of 450 million people, the largest single market in the world. This will open up huge new opportunities. We will be able to share new ideas and benefit from the talents of these vibrant nations more easily than ever before.

"Yet too few of us are fully aware of what an enlarged Europe has to offer - nearly half of people in the South East cannot name a single one of the new EU countries. What we do know is often based on outdated or negative stereotypes. Brighton's cultural sector will play a vital role in breaking down barriers and building partnerships between east and west."

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