MFA Gathers Embassies for Festival of Cultures
On May 10 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan organized annual Festival of Cultures-2014 at their Diplomatic Receptions House (“Дом дипломатических приёмов”). Foreign embassies and diplomatic missions accredited in Uzbekistan use this opportunity to present their culture to the guests of the event: diplomats, Uzbek officials, local counterparts.
It’s the time of the year when embassies gather on one ground, with their own booths, and are not divided by their political views (sigh!). For example, the U.S. embassy booth was right next to the Belorussian one, while the Iranians were sitting next to Italy and France.
People who were lucky to get access to the event, enjoyed variety of national dishes, drinks, art-installations, and overall a very positive environment.
Also, the Uzbek Foreign Ministry uses this opportunity to encourage embassies to sell their national food, drinks and souvenirs in their respected booths, collect the final sum and provide it to the MFA for a joint charity activism.
As I heard from few participants of the event, this year’s festival was a success in the name of charity.
Obviously, there was part for officialdom: First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ilkhom Nematov enlightened the guests about the efforts of Uzbek authorities to implement the program for 2014, Year of A Healthy Child. Luckily, this part didn’t take long. And to be honest, not too many people were paying attention to what he was talking about.
Disclaimer: I personally support this type of charity activities thru fun festivals, whoever is the organizer. And this post is not to say that by doing that the MFA is now a superhero in my eyes. There are many other issues out there, especially international ones, which should be addressed by the MFA. But, hey, they are also people and give them a break, at least once a year – for this annual Festival of Cultures.