Delegation of the European Union to Australia

Exploring Europe at the National Multicultural Festival

19/02/2019 - 04:05
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Welcome to Europe! Tens of thousands of festival-goers made their way across Europe @ the National Multicultural Festival on Saturday 16 February in Canberra.

Stretching all the way down Bunda St. the EU Village, including 25 Member States and Norway, proved yet again to be a highlight of the festival. Festival-goers flocked to the EU Delegation stand to pick up their very own 'EU Passport' and have their passport picture taken. 
Stamping their way through all the country stalls, patrons discovered more about each country's rich and diverse cultural heritage, and what Europe has to offer as a top destination for travel, study and commerce.
The EU Village Square was a-buzz with activities and entertainment all day, including Spanish Flamenco, Irish and Nordic dancing, Estonian folk singers and performances by the historical Earthly Delights dance troupe.
Taste-testing national treats, country quizzes, virtual reality at the Nordic Village, Bulgarian Martenitsa amulet-making workshops, a children's coulouring-station and EU tattoos – there was plenty 'in stall' for all ages.
EU Ambassador to Australia Michael Pulch, EU Member State colleagues together with A.C.T Minister for Multicultural Affairs Chris Steel and International Engagement Commissioner Brendan Smyth officially opened the occasion.
The EU DElegation to Australia has been involved with the festival since 2007, when just nine Member States took part in the EU Village. 
More than 70% of Australians have European Ancestry, and both continents continue to offer great opportunities to each other's' expat communities.
Take a look at some of the festival highlights on the Facebook photo album here.
Photos by Peter Felker and Susanna Dunkerley, EU Delegation to Australia.
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