A discussion on Europe and what it means to be European from a cultural perspective with opinions from a diverse range of commentators.
- Title Culture of Europe
- 1st Broadcast 29/05/1992
- ContributorRichard Sinnot (Presenter)
Peter Mooney (Producer)
Sally Reynolds (Producer)
- Clip Duration 00:09:06
- Material Type Audio
- Series title Shaping Europe
- Clip title "A Sense of a Common Historic Past"
- Extended description
Pat Donlon, Director of the National Library of Ireland, and Martin Mack, a student at the Catholic University of Lublin, Poland, provide their views on Europe.
While current European debates centre on social, economic and political issues, for many commentators cultural issues are at the core of the debate. English poet Charles Thompson talks of the cultural merits of being part of Europe and the "civilisation of the individual". Pat Donlon views Europe as having a broader canvas than the narrow economic and political one.
Richard Sinnot asks the question "Is there such a thing as a common European culture?" and points to differences between east and west.
Magna Baranock, a student at Marie Curie University in Poland, and Ciaran Benson, lecturer at University College Dublin, provide their views on common and diverse cultural sensitivities across Europe. Donlan describes Europe as "a large umbrella, under which many separate, small pieces fit".
Both literature and language are identified as key in unifying common elements in European culture.
This episode of 'Shaping Europe' was broadcast on 29 May 1992.
This programme was broadcast just weeks before the Irish people went to the polls to vote on further European integration in the Maastricht Treaty. The referendum took place in Ireland on 18 June 1992, and resulted in 68% in favour.
- Local keywords Pat Donlon, Martin Mack, Charles Thomposon, Pat Donlon, Richard Sinnot, Magna Baranock, Ciaran Benson, Being European, Europe
- Geographical coverage Ireland
- Topic Society and Social Issues
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ Radio One
- Production year 1992
- Country of production Ireland
- Original identifier D00920
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- Item type part/extract
- Item sound Mono
- Language used English (eng)
- Original language English (eng)