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Promoting Wales in Russia

St David’s Day, the national day of Wales, celebrations in St Petersburg

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Celebrations of the St David's Day in StPetersburg

The choir at celebrations of the St David's Day in St Petersburg

The distinctive Red Dragon Flag was flying at the British Consulate in St Petersburg on 1 March, as it is was all across Wales to welcome celebrations for St David’s Day, the national day of Wales. Consul General Gareth Ward engaged in a series of events to raise awareness about what Wales has to offer to Russia. At a local school in the town of Pushkin he launched a quiz – how much do you know about Wales? This was followed by a performance of Welsh-language songs.

In addition, the British Consulate in St Petersburg hosted a business networking event for 100 Russian and British business guests in honour of St David’s Day. Modern Wales was presented as: an attractive tourist destination with the Rhossili beach just voted the 3rd best in the world by Tripadvisor; as a high-tech investment destination, with the carbon-fibre wings for Airbus planes designed and constructed in North Wales; and as a source of fresh and healthy food – with Wales’ favourite beer ‘Brains’ enjoyed by the guests.

Published 24 March 2013