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We want everyone to be as informed as can be at the Embassy Festival this weekend, so we thought we’d share some F.A.Q! Is the festival wheelchair accessible? What’s the address? When is the International Market? Can I bring my children? This and more is explained in this article. Q:Where is the Embassy Festival? A:The Embassy Festival is at the Lange Voorhout in The Hague Q: What times will the festival be open? A: On the Friday evening the festival will be from 17.00 - 23.30 and on Saturday from 12.00 - 20.00 Q:Do I have to buy tickets or pay in any way? A:No. The festival is freely accessible and the entire festival is free. Q: On what days will the International Market be open? A:The International will be there on Saturday. There will be no International Market on Friday evening. We do have other fantastic activities and performances on Friday night though. More about that in this article.
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For the first time ever there will be a Reyog Ponorogo Parade in the Netherlands. This traditional Indonesian parade portrays the manifestation of love with a spiritual lining. The parade is being presented by the Embassy of Indonesia, who have flown in 25 artists all the way from East Java, especially for this performance. Expect loud drums, traditional clothing, including a Barongan – a gigantic mask of a lion’s head with peacock feathers that weighs no less than 50 kilo’s – and a lot of dance. During the Embassy Festival you’ll also have the opportunity to see what’s involved when it comes to a Bengali wedding. In Bangladesh marriage stands for more than just the love between two people. It stands for a lifelong friendship between two families. What does this tradition entail? You’ll find out at the Embassy Festival, a cultural world-trip that takes place on Saturday 7 September at the Lange Voorhout in The Hague. On Friday evening 6 September a delightful opening night will commence in a more intimate setting. You could call the Embassy Festival the most colourful festival in the Netherlands. Maybe even in the world. Why? Not just because of the vast diversity of people visiting the festival, but also because of the many different countries that proudly present their cultural heritage. By wearing and showing traditional clothing for example. Bright colours and loud prints take the lead in this. This year two fashion shows will take place, with traditional clothing from Pakistan and Tanzania. The Embassy Festival also stands for dance and music. Fundación Xochiquetzal is a good example of this, presented by Mexico. This traditional dance can be enjoyed while you sip a Margarita or when you’re eating a Street Style Taco with Guacamole, perhaps. And that’s not all, because one of the most popular music movements from Morocco: Gwana, can take any festivity to the next level, so naturally, it had to be arranged for the Embassy Festival. Maâlem Reda Stitou combines the traditional Gnawa sounds with world music and western elements. With nearly 70 different participating countries, more than 45 performances on four stages, a Kids Compound and an International Market, it’ll be a wildly entertaining weekend at the Lange Voorhout.
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When we started the Embassy Festival, we initially focused solely on the Saturday. 'But why not start on the Friday Night?', we asked ourselves a couple of years ago. So we tried that out and it exceeded all our wildest dreams. It turned out to be a fantastic, warm and fun way to kick off the festival. So we're doing it again this year! In a smaller setting, we'll have two stages filled with exciting music from all corners of the world, with the same enthusiasm as we've created on the Saturday. We'll have a few food trucks to still your hunger and a bar that'll tackle your thirst.  We've got acts from Ghana, Mexico, Estonia, Haiti, the UK and several other fantastic countries. So, who will be performing?
 
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We cherish having visitors from all over the country - and many from abroad - visiting the Embassy Festival every year. We wondered though. Have our visitors seen the other treasures, beauty and historical places The Hague offers? Did you know, for example, that we're a city by the sea? That it's Royal? And that it's the International City of Peace and Justice? We wanted to tell you a little more about our city and recommend everyone to make a weekend of your visit, to make it even more special!  In The Hague, tens of thousands of people are working every day to build a more peaceful and just world. People come to The Hague from every corner of the globe to work together to tackle global challenges. With the Peace Palace at the centre of it all, The Hague is truly the international city of peace and justice. The Hague is a cosmopolitan city, and still remains liveable and personal. Everything in the entire city is barely more than a stone’s throw away. Including the seaside. Step on a tram in the historic city centre and within fifteen minutes you’ll find yourself on The Hague’s eleven-kilometre long beach. The ideal place to take a break from life’s hustle and bustle and to find the inspiration for new ideas.
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Fan of the Nordics? Or maybe you yourself are from one of these gorgeous countries? With Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland joining us at the Embassy Festival this year, you can take a Nordic stroll through the roadmap we’ve created for you on Saturday the 7th of September. Find Finland’s Santa Clause, Joulupukki, music from all over the Nordics, or sample some Nordic foods at the International Market. There’s so much to explore! SWEDEN | 13.00-13.45 | Contemporary Stage We have the wonderful Grapell performing on our Contemporary Stage, thanks to the Embassy of Sweden. Best friends Emil and Nils have created arrangements so thoroughly filled with romantic, soulful and sultry sounds, that it’ll be hard not to fall in love with them. This Swedish duo are a rare breed and their indie-pop sound will make everyone smile and dream. A perfect way to spend an afternoon, right?
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The Embassy Festival is a great place to bring your children to. Not only will they see cultures and customs from all over the world come to life, they will also be able to enjoy themselves at our Kids Compound. So, what do we have in store for them?
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With nearly seventy participating countries, the two-day Embassy Festival will be bigger than ever this year. There isn’t an event in the world where so many embassies unite to present and celebrate culture. Thanks to the collaborations with the embassies, the Embassy Festival is able to present an authentic and worldly experience with four stages offering music (classical, traditional and contemporary) and dance. There’s also an International Market present with many culinary and cultural discoveries to be made. The free festival will take place on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 September at the Lange Voorhout in The Hague. Although most embassies reside in The Hague – The International City of Peace and Justice – there are also more and more embassies from Brussels that have joined in. Mongolia, Nepal and Haiti will make their way to The Hague to participate in the colorful unity that the Embassy Festival inhabits.   A culinary adventure is a given when visiting the Embassy Festival. Cozonaci (Romania), Biko (Phillipines), Dolma (Azerbaijan), Banhm (Vietnam), Sirnica (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Khachapuri (Georgia) and Kürbiskernöl (Australia) are just some of the delicious treasures that can be tasted and discovered. And it’s not just one’s taste buds that are in for a treat. The countries participating have much more up their sleeve to tickle the curiosity of its visitors. Want to know more about Uzbekistan or Azerbaijan? The Embassy Festival offers that opportunity. And you can hop onboard this two-day trip of cultural adventures with more countries than ever before. Nearly seventy countries are represented this year, with eight new entries. Kuwait, Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Republic of Korea, Kosovo, Senegal, Nigeria and Denmark will make their debut this year.
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#EUANDME VIRTUAL REALITY CINEMA Want to know more about how the EU influences our daily lives? Come visit our #EUandME stand, watch various movies in our Virtual Reality Cinema and win limited edition #EUandME socks. During the Embassy Festival we will be screening the following 7 shorts, each with a duration of about five minutes:
The Shapedirected by Jaco van Demael (Belgium) A storm is on the horizon. When a jet-black cloud engulfs a small village, the residents discover that it could put an end to more than just blue skies. Oonadirected by Zaida Bergroth (Finland) A young girl gets lost in the forest and meets an unexpected resident there. The Keydirected by Valerie Muller and Angelin Preljocaj (Germany).
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Vloggers with videos reaching 800.000 views, the uniqueness of the festival, the way it started all those years ago. We thought we’d share a few fun facts ahead of this year’s (free!) Embassy Festival on the 6th and 7th at the Lange Voorhout in The Hague.