Embassy Festival 2016

On Saturday this past weekend, one of my favourite festivals held in The Hague took place for the fourth time – the Embassy Festival! It is an amazing festival, with so many embassies represented in The Netherlands collected together in Lange Voorhout, celebrating their diversity, cultures, and (most importantly for me) their food! The presence of all these embassies showcasing their beautiful countries in one small area of The Hague is wonderful, and promotes inclusivity and understanding so well.

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At the entrance to the Festival

As an international student living abroad, I love experiencing these cultures standing side-by-side in harmony and learning more about them each year.

This year, there were even more embassies being represented than before! They included Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Panama, Colombia, the Philippines, Egypt, and more than 20 others! Each of the stands had cultural and tourist information, friendly embassy staff members or volunteers to speak with, and most had traditional food available to purchase! The food from Egypt threw me back to Bahraini cuisine, including ‘kushary‘ and other Arabic delights. Not to mention the always amazing Indian ‘samosas‘ and ‘biryani‘.

Best of all were the cultural performances taking place all day long. I had the pleasure of witnessing a performance at the Classical Stage from Elodie Fonnard, who had the most amazing soprano voice I’ve heard in a long time. I also watched two wonderful Peruvian dancers performing a traditional dance, which uses handkerchiefs as part of their very complex dance!

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Elodie Fonnard and her amazing voice

The Embassy Festival has never disappointed since my first year here. I hope it continues to inspire and stimulate the international atmosphere for a long time in The Hague!

Thank you for reading, and have a good week!

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