The European Union Delegation to Canada and the Diplomatic Missions of EU Member States joined Canada's sesquicentennial festivities on 11 June with Discover EU’s Capitals & Cultures, a day-long celebration of Europe’s rich cultural heritage, as part of Ottawa Welcomes the World series at Lansdowne Park. Participating Member States included Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.
"Europe's rich cultural heritage is remarkable and we are proud to be able to share this experience with our Canadian friends on this milestone anniversary year for both Canada and the European Union," said Marie-Anne Coninsx, Ambassador of the European Union to Canada. "This year the EU also marks the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the founding treaty of our European Union.”
Organized in partnership with Ottawa 2017, the event drew more than 6,000 visitors throughout the day. It featured a multimedia presentation on the history of Rome in Cinema, folk dance performances and live music, accompanied by sampling of European traditional foods and wine. The event also showcased photo exhibits and a photo booth, kids' games and European souvenirs for sale. Throughout the day, fairgoers had the opportunity to discover Europe's tourist and cultural treasures on display at the stands organized by the diplomatic missions.