On the 29 October 2016, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), in partnership with Proudly South African hosted the annual Diplomatic Fun Fair at the Union Buildings, Pretoria, under the theme: “Celebrating the Life and Legacy of O.R. Tambo.”
The Diplomatic Fair attracted over 30 foreign diplomatic missions, United Nations agencies, government departments and Proudly South African businesses, as well as thousands of visitors and the public.
The United Nations was well represented at the UN stall with UN agencies displaying materials for dissemination to the public, a quiz and answer session where the winners were awarded prizes, a kiddie’s corner that catered for children with various kiddies activities like face painting and colouring.
The United Nations as a key partner to the South African government and the diplomatic corporations always partakes in the Diplomatic Fun Fair. Hosted annually since 2006, the event serves as a key platform to educate the general public about diplomacy and South Africa’s foreign policy objectives. It brings together embassies, high commissions and international organisations accredited to South Africa to showcase and promote cultural diplomacy through creative expressions such as arts, music and cuisine from around the world. The Diplomatic Fair affords government, business, the diplomatic community and other sectors the opportunity to engage and network. In this regard, DIRCO partnered with the Proudly South African Campaign to promote businesses that will be displaying local goods and services at the Diplomatic Fair.
The line-up of events at the Fair will include the opening of exhibition stalls, cultural performances and local headlining acts.