June 24, 2019

Embassy Festival 2016

By Joe Ray.

Food, music and the autumn sunshine were enjoyed by thousands on 3 September as the annual Embassy Festival returned to Laange Voorhout in The Hague.

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Ambassador of Russia, H.E. Alexander Shulgin, Ambassador of

Ambassador of Russia, H.E. Alexander Shulgin, Ambassador of Vietnam, H.E. Nguyên Vãn Doàn, H.E. Ittiporn Boonpracong, Ambassador of Thailand, H.E. Willys Delvalle, Ambassador of Panama, H.E. Dziunik Aghajanian, Ambassador of Armenia, the Ambassador of Japan H.E. Hiroshi Inomata, EH.E. Dr. Brett Manson, Ambassador of Australia, the Ambassador of Burundi, H.E. Vestine Nahimana, Judge Alexander Belaers, H.E. Tony Aidoo, Ambassador of Ghana, the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia, H.E. Abdulaziz Abohaimed and Deputy Mayor Ms Ingrid van Engelshoven.

The 2016 edition of this vibrant international event was bigger and more animated than ever. The festival strives to bring a wave of global culture to The Hague, and this year’s festivities did not disappoint.

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Forty-three embassies participated, each proudly showcasing the best of their national cuisine and culture. More than 50 artists performed across three stages, while dozens of national costumes formed a moving patchwork of colour beneath the trees.

Throughout the day, the famous boulevard heaved with visitors – some 35,000 came to enjoy the occasion.


Crowds thronged cheerily from stand to stand, enjoying ice cream from the Philippines or pausing to sample wine from Azerbaijan.

Hundreds gathered to appreciate an energetic display of traditional Rwandan dancing, while visitors to the Russian stand were treated to authentic pastila sweets from a traditional recipe unchanged for centuries.


In the afternoon, ambassadors and dignitaries gathered in a function room of the splendid Des Indes Hotel for a reception.


His Excellency Dr Brett Mason, Ambassador of Australia.

His Excellency Dr Brett Mason, Ambassador of Australia to the Netherlands, delivered a short address to guests in which he highlighted ‘Aussie Oktober’ – an embassy initiative which celebrates the close Australian-Dutch relationship and marks 400 years since Dirk Hartog became the first European to land on the West Australian coast.

The Ambassador added that Australians and Dutch enjoy shared futures and dreams, and that the countries’ bilateral relationship is strong and enduring.


Deputy Mayor of The Hague Ingrid van Engelshoven observed in her remarks that the Embassy Festival continues to grow each year. As well as providing entertainment, she explained, the festival helps promote The Hague’s ideals of peace and justice, which begin with people getting to know each other.

Ingrid van Engelshoven

Mrs Ingrid van Engelshoven, Deputy Mayor of The Hague.

Following the reception, invitees returned to the Laange Voorhout where the festival continued into the evening.dsc04855

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