For immediate release: 01 June 2010
World Premiere - A Resounding Success
The Hague, Netherlands - Thursday 27 May, HRH Princess Irene of The Netherlands inaugurated the World Premiere of the Outdoor Exhibition, "Wild Wonders of Europe" to much fanfare and celebration.
The Grand Hall of Knights, normally used once a year by Queen Beatrix to open the Dutch Parliament was the setting for this momentous occasion, attended by over 200 invited guests.
The underlying theme amongst the keynote speakers was one of celebration and inspiration, HRH Princess Irene emphasising the need for us all to re-connect with Europe's nature, whilst emphasising the sense of urgency required to ensure we protect this unique, shared natural heritage for future generations without losing it forever. Staastbosbeheer Director, Chris Kalden, encapsulated the importance of the message in three succinct words "Biodiversity is Life", and without this vital resource, human beings cannot exist on earth.
Whilst WWF Netherlands Director Johan van der Gronden took the opportunity to introduce the organisation's Wild Europe Field Programme, a ground-breaking project aimed at re-wilding vast areas of wilderness by utilising abandoned agricultural landscapes.
The invited guests accompanied Princess Irene across the short distance to the Lange Vijverberg where 50 children were assembled to unveil each of the 100 images in domino effect to a rolling drumbeat, following Princess Irene's cue. They revealed a breathtaking exhibition of the highest professional quality which will remain in situ now until 30 August.
Lining the avenue of trees along the Lange Vijverberg, the exhibition is freely accessible during the day or night to millions of visitors. The aim, to inspire a respect and awareness of their shared European natural heritage, and to demonstrate that conservation does work!
(All exhibition prints are printed by Epson printers on specialist Epson media, details below.)
About Wild Wonders of Europe and The Hague Exhibition
Wild Wonders of Europe reveals the stunning natural treasures of our continent to 700 Million Europeans and the world. Animals and landscapes, many of which most of us wouldn’t know exist. Wild Wonders of Europe, a unique pan-European initiative, is about the beauty of nature. About what we can admire now, but are at risk of losing. An exhibition that shows why European nature is important for us. And why we need to protect it.
100 life-size nature photographs taken by 69 of Europe’s finest photographers can be admired on the Lange Vijverberg in The Hague from May 27 to August 30. Selected from almost 200.000 images taken over a period of fifteen months for this unique project, the quality of these pictures brings to the exhibition an enormous emotional power. Each European country is represented with at least one photo and many more can be seen on the Wild Wonders of Europe website.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality,
the municipality of The Hague and Staatsbosbeheer made it possible for the Wild
Wonders of Europe Exhibition to come to The Netherlands. The Hague will host the World premiere of
this unique cultural event during the International Year of Biodiversity. As 2nd
UN-city in the world and greenest city of The Netherlands this Outdoor
exhibition fits The Hague perfectly. Wild Wonders of Europe is one of the
events during The Hague Festivals 2010 from 10 to 27 June (www.thehaguefestivals.com). The
outdoor exhibition is intended to then tour all 48 European countries and North
America in the coming years.
NOTE for journalists:
At www.wild-wonders.com you will find lots of background information about the project. Among other things latest news, blogs, videos, the photographers and the photos. A selection of more than 10,000 of the best images from the project are available from our exclusive agent Nature Picture Library.
Coinciding with the exhibition is the release of the photo book Wild Wonders of Europe published in ten languages with a Dutch edition by National Geographic and Carrera publishers. More information about this superb book can be found at http://www.wild-wonders.com/the_book.asp.
This press release and related material is available on
Photo: Photographer's name / www.wild-wonders.com.
Any other subsequent rights are not allowed and are subject to approval by Wild Wonders of Europe.
Individual photo credits are mandatory. Credit information is available from the IPTC file info of the downloaded images or you can download a separate text file with the relevant information.
Wild Wonders of Europe wish to thank our great partners:
…and our many other very important partners for their generous contributions and support! All without which this epic conservation photography project would never have been possible.
WWF - National Geographic - Epson - Nikon - Nokia - Groupe Bayard
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