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Rwanda Embassy In USA Successfully Hosts Soft Diplomacy Gala

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On Saturday, May 6, 2023, The Embassy of Rwanda in Washington DC, USA, received approx. 2700 visitors for the ‘Around the World Embassy Tour 2023’ event.

Visitors eagerly lined up to explore sights and sounds of the beautiful Rwanda while also learning more about the Embassy’s daily work.

The Embassy opened doors to the public from morning to evening, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to learn more about Rwanda including exploring displays and exhibits showcasing Rwanda’s culture and history, including music, dances, cuisine, crafts.

Visitors at the event were captivated by Rwanda’s rich culture, including its unique music and dance performances, which prompted them to dance and clap along with the rhythm, creating a lively and enjoyable atmosphere.

Every year we have what is called ‘Passport DC’,” says Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana. She said that the event “is a unique opportunity for visitors to stop by and experience a glimpse of Rwanda through sound and taste all without stepping out of Washington”.

Passport DC is a month-long journey around the world highlighting DC’s thriving international diplomatic community and its lively and varied culture. Not all countries participate. Some African countries share space at the African Union.

The Embassy of Rwanda in Washington D.C., has continued to participate in “Passport DC” events for several years making the embassy a “popular and experiential destination” for visitors, noted Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana to Taarifa on Monday.

“The event is not only a chance to promote Rwanda but also to bring people together, to focus on, treasure, and celebrate the similarities, and develop people to people connections through soft diplomacy” she added.

Visitors are usually offered steaming cups of renowned Rwandan coffee, known for its exceptional quality. Additionally, they get the opportunity to learn about the detailed process of coffee growing and production in Rwanda.

Celebrated annually in May, which is International Cultural Awareness Month in Washington, Passport DC is 31 days of programming by embassies and some of DC’s very best cultural institutions.

Thousands of people enjoy the popular embassy open houses, street festivals, performances, exhibitions, workshops and more. Passport DC invites everyone to experience a trip around the world without leaving the city.

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