Culture has an important role to expose half-truth politics
Comodini Cachia hosts exhibition by Tanti Burlò at the European Parliament
“Theatre and artists can play a role to expose the reality of what is happening around us and help society grow and understand the realities we live in. When we have politicians saying half-truths, or outright avoiding the truth to say instead what favours them, theatre and artists can play an important role to expose the truth.”
MEP Therese Comodini Cachia made these remarks during the opening ceremony of the exhibition iwEU Observed - Narrative of Governance, Narratives of the Public Sphere as part of a series of events, which included Forum Valletta, a debate held in the Maltese parliament that brought together issues such as governance, politics, culture, artists and theatre. While thanking the artist and the team behind the series of events including Davinia Galea, Mario Frendo and Fabrizio Mifsud Soler, MEP Comodini Cachia said that the exhibition brought the debate on culture from the Maltese Parliament to the European Parliament.
H.E. Ray Azzopardi, Ambassador of Malta to the Kingdom of Belgium said that the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU is also serving as a platform for Maltese artists to display their artistic work and promote it.
Jens Nymand Christensen Deputy Director-General from the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture at the European Commission said that culture is increasingly recognized as being the heart of Europe in terms of importance. He also remarked about the role culture plays in society "There are voices around that speak of divisions, that make differences a way of separating ourselves, looking down at other people, what they are, their culture, their histories, their background rather than finding these differences and this diversity an inspiration of a wealth of culture in Europe. And therefore, I am convinced, that down the road, culture will increasingly be seen as a unifying element for the member states who choose to stay together and share their future destiny”.
Concluding the event, political cartoonist Sebastian Tanti Burlò explained how his work translates subjects and issues, debated during Forum Valletta held at the Maltese Parliament, into artwork to bring them to the European Parliament so that everyone can experience and follow the discussion. Emphasising the importance of culture’s role in politics, Tanti Burlò said that artistic expression can help shine a light on truth in politics by giving a perspective through the lens of society.
The exhibition iwEU Observed was hosted by Therese Comodini Cachia, MEP as part of the official programme of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union with the support of the Arts Council Malta and the EPP Group in the European Parliament. MEP Comodini Cachia is member of the Culture and Education Committee (CULT) in the European Parliament.
The ARC Research & Consultancy team managed this series of events, which have placed artists at the centre of political discussion on a European scale. Other notable fringe events included a round-table discussion with artists on ‘The Role of the Arts in Times of Political Challenge’.