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OPEN WALLS EMBASSY DAY

This is an annual international exhibition where all embassies and UN Agencies in Zimbabwe exhibit and interact with Zimbabweans outside embassy walls. Open Walls Embassy Day provides guests a tour of the world without jetlag. The various embassies assist with information on education, employment, travel and investment. They also showcase their culture and tradition through cuisines, music, fine art and dance.

 

Objectives

  • Present the generality of Zimbabweans access to embassies without security restrictions, outside walls, and enquire about education, travel, employment, investment, arts and culture etc.
  • Present embassies an opportunity to showcase their culture, tradition and cuisines.
  • Present a platform for networking.
  • Create an arena to advocate and address some of the issues affecting the world today.

 

What

Event name: The event is called Open Walls Embassy Day, meaning unhindered access to all embassies accredited to Zimbabwe.

Food and Beverage menu: The event offers diverse food and beverages as each country showcases its cuisines.

Guests Profile: Open Walls Embassy Day is targeted at diplomats, UN Missions, students, business people, travellers, professionals and artists. Though it is not limited to these people only.

Type of entry: The is free and open to all though future editions will have an entry fee which will not discriminate against the poor.

Event highlights: Besides the exhibitions the event also feature:

  • World Music Tour – a musical performance of 20 classic songs from all over the world performed by a local school band from submissions by embassies.
  • Embassy Food Fair – an exhibition of different cuisines from different countries.
  • Global Agenda – a forum for discussions by Ambassadors on various issues affecting the world today like; Human trafficking – People for Sale; Solutions for Refugee Problems in Today’s World; Protection and Assistance for Internally Displaced people in the world – Return, Resettlement and Reintegration.

Where

The event and all the side programmes are held in the Harare Gardens. The exhibitions are held in the open air whilst the music concert and discussions are held at Theatre in the Park. Organisers are also looking at spreading the event to other parts of the country like Bulawayo, Mutare and Masvingo

When

The event is held annually during the last week of September. Build up to the event is the Global Agenda discussions which start on a Wednesday and end on Friday. Exhibitions takes place on Saturday from 9.00am to 4.30pm and the music concert closes the event 5.30 to 7.30pm.

2018 Event will be held from 27 to 29th of September 2018, whilst the 2019 edition is scheduled for 25 to 28th of September 2019.