US Government Cultural Diplomacy Events
US Intercultural initiatives in China, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Thailand and Poland during 2017November 20th, 2017
This article gathers a set of cultural initiatives presented by the US Embassies and Consulates around the world. The goal is to spread continuously intercultural relations among countries in order to involve tourists and foreigners in general to share the main values and cultural issues of each country. All sorts of events are being organized even in the furthest corner around the Earth and they can be appreciated by everyone who participates in them.
In China, in May 30th the Tuen Ng Festival, known also as the Duanwu or Dragon Boat Festival, has been celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth moon for millennia. Celebrations symbolize the attempts of the friends and citizens who raced down the river to save the respected Chu Yuan. A dragon boat is a huge war canoe that has a dragon’s head carved into the bow and a dragon’s tail carved at the stern. A drummer accompanies all boats.
From July 7 to 9, in Tunisia, the Embassy participated in the second edition of Comic Con Tunisia, where nearly 8000 Tunisians in the comic industry share their passion and interests. The aim is to promote exchanges, recruitment, and supporting the nascent local animation and video game industry. During David Mack’s visit to Tunisia presented his artwork, shared his drawing techniques essential to excelling in the art world.
In Turkmenistan, August 14th-16th, 2017, U.S. H.E. Ambassador Allan Mustard celebrated the completion of a joint project with the Museum of Fine Arts in Ashgabat to conserve, restore, and reconstruct ancient mosaic panels from Turkmenistan’s archaeological site at Gonur Depe.
On September 16th, in Thailand, Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Haymond and Fulbright Board member Mrs. Dusadee Haymond hosted a “Meet and Grill” party at the Deputy Chief of Mission Residence to honor Thai Fulbright alumni. DCM Haymond highlighted the alumni’s hard work and recognized their contributions to advancing Thai-U.S. relations. U.S. H.E. Ambassadors Davies also welcomed the more than 60 board members, staff, and alumni and thanked them for their support for this important people-to-people exchange program.
In September 18th in Poland, in the heart of Warsaw, H.E. Ambassador Jones helped to open the innovative outdoor exhibition Tadeusz Kosciuszko called A Man of Vision. Designed by the Museum of Polish History. It is a fantastic exhibition, that brings together Tadeusz Kosciuszko’s silhouette, his dedication to the idea of freedom, his accomplishments and it is an opportunity to learn more about Kosciuszko’s fascinating life.