By Eritrea EmbassyMedia
Thousands of people had the opportunity to celebrate and participate, the colorful Eritrean Festival in UK, which took place in London, from the 22 until 23 July 2017 in Harrow, magnificent arena, that would house the busloads that came from Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield, Nottingham, Coventry, Newcastle, Scotland & Ireland.
Festival Eritrea UK 2017 was officially opened by H.E. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs. The opening ceremony was attended by Eritrean Ambassador of the State of Eritrea to the United Kingdom & Ireland H.E. Estifanos Habtemariam, Ambassador Peter Ford, ONLF representative, Abduraham Mahdi, representative of various organisation, Friends of Eritrea, Community Elders & Religious leaders.
Among st the highs of the opening ceremony were the cultural performances by the traditional cultural group, which captivated the audience from each corner of the festival ground. Each and every face was filled with pride whilst the cultural group displayed a performance that was original overpowering the host culture. Asmara:City of Dreams exhibition that depicts the Eritrean culture was also open for the public. The exhibition also included paintings, photos and craft works from the diverse Eritrean culture and rich history, which depicted the exceptional history of the Liberation struggle in Eritrea
The Festival was organized across seven programs, which were children’s activities, family & community activities, arts & culture program, youth forums & ideas, sports competition. Thus, the main thrust of the program was focus on the activities of children, youth, families and communities in general. The above efforts have been very instrumental in consolidating national unity, national mobilization and organization, cultural transformation and the transfer of the values as cultural heritage to the next generation.