By Roy Lie Atjam
The annual Embassy Festival took place in The Hague on a bright after a summer day, Saturday 4th September 2021. However, reduced in space and with fifteen participants, the atmosphere was as vibrant as could be.
Noteworthy at the festival was the Mayor of The Hague Mr. Jan van Zanen, September 4 is the mayor’s birthday.
Due to the Covid 19 restrictions, the festival consisted of two parts.
1.Embassy Festival Tour
2.Embassy Festival Experience
Furthermore, visitors to the festival had to choose a time slot of approximately 3 hours and purchase admission tickets in advance.
Part 1. An Embassy Festival Tour on
Friday 3rd September 2021. On the program, visiting a Chancellery, meet and greet with the Head of Mission and staff, food tasting, trying on national costumes, participating in national activities, games and much more. Participants in the Embassy Festival Tour:
Embassies of Azerbaijan, Estonia, Bolivia, Korea and Panama.
Part 2. The activities on Saturday 4th September 2021 had the theme, Embassy Festival Experience. A breakdown of the program, culinary and rich cultural entertainment, drummers and dancers from India, dancers from Palestine to mention a few. Food and beverages could be ordered by QR code from the embassy’s menus.
Participating embassies in the Embassy Festival Experience: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia Herzegovina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Moldovia Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Bolivia, Russia, Sudan, Tunisia, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates.
Embassy Festival Recipe Booklet
The second edition of the Embassy Festival recipe booklet was launched. The booklet contains more than 30 mouth-watering international recipes.
All in all, in spite the COVID 19 restrictions, Embassy Festival 2021 has again been a radiant success !