Graham Watson MEP
Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament for South West England and Gibraltar
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Published on Wednesday 25th April 2012
South West Euro-MP Sir Graham Watson will be opening Friday's workshop events as part of the SIMPLY HUMAN youth exchange between Bridport and the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in the town hall.
The project, part funded through the European Union's Cultural Grants funding stream, has been organised by Opera Circus, a theatre company based in the town.
Srebrenica was the sight of one of the worst atrocities in Europe since World War Two when over 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were murdered by the Serbian army. Opera Circus have attempted to develop leadership within the youth of Srebrenica and Bridport through the partnership, culminating in the final part of a two year cultural exchange programme.
Commenting, Sir Graham said,
''I am really looking forward to meeting these young leaders from the Srebrenica community and speaking to them about their experiences of growing up in an area that saw one of the most harrowing of events in post World War Two Europe. I also look forward to engaging with young people in Bridport to find out what challenges they are facing in these difficult economic times.
''Unfortunately too much of our history is darkened by events such as Srebrenica. But programmes such as Simply Human demonstrate how cultural exchanges between communities a thousand miles apart can ensure, through education, that such atrocities do not happen again. They discourage discrimination against others on the grounds of race, religion or nationality. Intolerance has no place in a modern, free society.''
The event will also be attended by West Dorset District Councillor Ros Kayes, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Bridport and the leader of Bridport Town Council.
Sir Graham is due to arrive at the town hall for 9am and will be on site until 10.30.