The United Nations South Africa at the Diplomatic Fun Fair 2015

Collaborative dance from India & South Africa. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Collaborative dance from India & South Africa. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

United Nations South Africa participated in the Diplomatic Fun Fair 2015 which was held at the Union Buildings on Saturday, 31 October 2015. The Fair is an annual event through which Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) aims, amongst other things, to provide the public with information about countries accredited to South Africa and afford government, business, the diplomatic community and other sectors the opportunity to learn and network. It offers a unique opportunity for all missions to showcase and promote cultural diplomacy through arts, music and cuisine.

A lot of people visited the UN stand and were highly interested in the work of the different agencies in the country. The stand offered an opportunity for the public to learn more about the UN. UN exhibitors conducted an hourly quiz which focused on “knowing your UN”; there was also a kiddie’s corner for hand painting and a pictorial exhibition depicting the work of the UN around the globe in the last 70 years.

UN in S.A stand during the Quiz. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

UN in S.A stand during the Quiz. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

The fair also saw different exhibition stands from various countries showcasing their exquisite traditional food, with Botswana decking out their morogo (spinach) which is normally consumed with bogobe (pap) and seswaa (stewed meat). There were also colorful tapestries and traditional attires from Pakistan, Guyana, Zambia and Zimbabwe exhibited on the day.

Different embassies and high commissions performed cultural dances from their respective countries, which set the crowd alight. Local artists like Crook & Ghost and K.O. performed to an energized crowed with some members of the public being invited to join them on stage. One walks away from this exhibition with a sense of delight because it broke down bearers between different cultures and races. It created greater understanding that all people can co-exist in one country.

Zimbabwe and Kenya stand. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Zimbabwe and Kenya stand. Photo: UNIC Pretoria