European culture, celebration of gastronomy today

Islamabad: The European Union and its Member States will organize a family-oriented festival, EuroVillage, at the Pakistan National Arts Council (PNCA) here today (Saturday).

According to an EU spokesperson, the event will give Pakistanis the opportunity to experience European culture, heritage, music and cuisine.

“After a three-year hiatus, the EU and Member States are resuming the EuroVillage tradition which offers a window into their rich culture and celebrates ‘unity in diversity’, a strong bond between the EU and the Pakistan. This year’s EuroVillage will be special as the European Union celebrates 60 years of diplomatic relations with Pakistan. Six decades of partnership in development, trade and political engagement show how much the EU and Pakistan are stronger together,” he told ‘The News’.

The spokesperson said that one of the highlights of the event would be the EU-Pakistan Friendship Truck, which would be displayed for the first time before touring the country to engage with Pakistanis in all provinces and present EU-Pakistan relations. everything on.

He said the EuroVillage would be organized by the diplomatic missions of the European Union as well as Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, from Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Sweden and would have information and activity stalls for adults and children with interactive games, selfie corners, food and the occasion to meet the diplomatic team and learn more about areas of partnership. Additionally, the event will feature live performances from European artists as well as popular Pakistani singers Asim Azhar and Shae Gill.

The spokesperson said that like previous editions of EuroVillage, which attracted over 8,000 enthusiastic visitors from twin towns and beyond, the upcoming event is expected to be a huge success.

On the European Union in Pakistan, he said that his organization and Pakistan were linked by a common history.

“The partnership has progressed since 1962 alongside the process of European integration. In 2019, the EU and Pakistan adopted a Strategic Engagement Plan with the common goal of building a strong partnership for peace and development, anchored in shared values, principles and commitments.plan facilitates cooperation on a wide range of issues, including dialogues on counter-terrorism, education, democracy, human rights, migration, climate change, energy, trade and economy, and culture,” he said.

He said Pakistan was a major EU development partner with one of the biggest programs in Asia.

Helen D. Jessen