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Highlighting Welsh traditions in Greece on the occasion of NATO Summit in Newport

On 4 September, to coincide with opening day of the NATO Summit, John Kittmer hosted a reception showcasing the best of Welsh cultural traditions

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Guests enjoyed an evening of Welsh music provided by Melisma Ensemble and Eleni Voudouraki, poetry read by Adriana Evans, Patrick Evans and Lilia Esipova and gastronomy inspired by Greek food bloggers.

In his opening speech, the Ambassador said:

Truly, Wales is a wonderful nation, with intensely beautiful landscapes and seascapes, with a rich history, a great culture and literature, a passion for song, for rugby and cricket. The great coal seams in the southern Welsh valleys were one of the two cradles of Britain’s industrial revolution. The country has a vibrant, modern commercial sector – from manufacturing to innovation, life sciences to cyber. It has excellent universities – popular among Greeks, and not only them.

Read the full speaking notes (MS Word Document, 28.3KB)

Guests included the Welsh community in Athens and representatives of NATO members as well as media, business contacts and the team of food bloggers , who enjoyed a variety of Welsh cultural elements.

View photos here and the programme of the evening programme (MS Word Document, 85.5KB)

Published 9 September 2014