The European Union and EU member states in Pakistan celebrated Europe Day in a unique manner by setting up a ‘Eurovillage’ in Islamabad at Lok Virsa on Saturday.

It was aimed at increasing awareness of Europe and of European culture and values.

The general public was provided with a memorable experience of Europe as an interesting, culturally rich and friendly place.

The EU’s as well as the Member States’ stands showcased their countries’ culture and traditions, language, their relationship with Pakistan and general information about their country.

The premises of Lok Virsa were transformed into a veritable carnival with food stalls and information and activity booths for adults and children including quizzes, selfie walls and giant cut outs of famous landmarks of Europe.

The evening ended with live performances of the two European bands “Live Strings” and “Wild ManGoes” and the Pakistani artist Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch.

Ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan, Jean-François Cautain pointed that the year of the 60th Anniversary of the EU Treaty of Rome was also the first year that the EU was organising a Eurovillage with participation from the Member States to remind everyone of the EU’s cultural richness while also underlining our unity.

In order to further strengthen, EU-Pakistan relations, the two sides in 2012 adopted a 5-Year Engagement Plan with the common goal of building a strategic partnership for peace and development rooted in shared values, principles and commitments.

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