October 22, 2011

Eritrean Festival UK 2011 Opened with Great Patriotic Zeal in London

Festival Eritrea UK 2011 was officially opened by Mr Zemhret Yohanes Head of Research & Documentation at the PFDJ (Peoples Front for Democracy & Justice).

The opening statement was read out by Mr Ahmed Mohamed, followed by Poems that communicated the state of mind of the Eritrean people. An exhibition that depicts the Eritrean culture and current developments in Eritrea was also opened for the public by the guest of honor.

The exhibition also included paintings, photos and craft works from the diverse Eritrean culture and rich history, which depicted the exceptional history of the Liberation struggle in Eritrea.

Amongst the highs of the opening ceremony were the cultural performances by the traditional Saho & Afar tribe, which captivated the audience from each corner of the hall. Each and every face was filled with pride whilst the cultural group displayed a performance that was original overpowering the host culture.

The opening ceremony was also attended by Eritrean Ambassador of the State of Eritrea to the United Kingdom and Ireland H.E. Tesfamichael Gerahtu, Embassy officials, Heads of various Eritrean committees in the UK, Community Elders and Religious leaders.

During the National Liberation Struggle, festivals constituted an important part of national mobilization, organization and creation of capacity for creation of an independent nation.

Eritrean Festivals in the diaspora are conducted to reflect and assimilate the Eritrean diverse culture, raise knowledge and consciousness, strengthen devotion and bolster collective responsibility.

The above efforts have been very instrumental in consolidating national unity, national mobilization and organization, cultural transformation and the transfer of the values as cultural heritage to the next generation has thus been crucial in the independence of the nation.

The festival will be open for the public from 11;00 a.m.till late Saturday 22ND October 2011.

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