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ANTOR members celebrate the 2012 Olympics: DENMARK – FIJI & SAMOA - MOROCCO, EGYPT &TUNISIA - TRINIDAD & TOBAGO - JAPAN

13 July 2012

ANTOR Members are very much aware that all eyes will be on the UK and in particular London this summer which gives them a unique chance to show the UK and the rest of the world what their countries have to offer through free events across London.

ANTOR (Association of National Tourist Offices and Representatives)

 

ANTOR, The Association of National Tourist Offices & Representatives’ members are very much aware that all eyes will be on the UK and in particular London this summer which gives them a unique chance to show the UK and the rest of the world what their countries have to offer.

Below are just some of the exciting events that are being staged from 25 July to 13 August from a mini South Pacific Island and Viking Ships in St Katherine’s Dock to an African Village in Kensington Gardens and Trinidad and Tobago's Culture Fest at the Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn.

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Palm Trees, Grass skirts and Warrior Dances by the Thames! The South Pacific at St Katharine Docks for the Olympics  

For the duration of the Olympics, St Katharine Docks in London will host members of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and the Oceania National Olympic Committee.

From 26 July to 13 August the tourist boards of Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea will transform a large pontoon moored in the West Marina into a tropical South Pacific island. Against the backdrop of the Olympic rings on Tower Bridge, palm trees will swing in the breeze, a traditional thatched “bure” (meeting house) will be erected and the docks will echo with warrior war cries and South Pacific serenades.

Throughout the games visitors to St Katharine Docks will be able to get a taste of the rich cultural heritage of the South Pacific.   A wide range of traditional dancing and songs representative of the region will be showcased on the pontoon, as well as traditional crafts and skills demonstrations. Ambassadors in national costume from Fiji, Samoa and their South Pacific neighbours will be on hand to bring to life these exotic destinations, renowned as among the friendliest in the world.  They will talk to visitors about their islands, what to do and how to get there. 

For further information contact:

Kate Fenton

Sales & Marketing Manager UK & Ireland

Samoa Tourism Authority

Tel: 0208 877 4502

Mobile: 07831 496 961

Email: kate@representationplus.co.uk

 

INSPIRING MOROCCO LONDON 2012, at the Africa Village, Kensington Gardens, 27 July to 12 August

From its beautiful beaches and colourful Kasbahs to its tantalising tagines, magical music and sumptuous souks, bursting full of exquisite handicrafts, Morocco is a country which has inspired British travellers for centuries.

Now, this enchanting country is heading to London. From 27th July to 12th August, visitors to Africa Village, the first ever exhibition of the cultural and artistic diversity of the African continent during the Olympic Games, set up by ANOCA (Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa), will experience the traditional and contemporary wonders of Morocco in London’s Kensington Gardens.

Hosting athletes and visitors throughout the Olympic Games, the public is invited to take a journey of discovery to explore the cultural, artistic and sporting riches of Morocco and 52 other African NOCs (National Olympic Committees) within Africa Village. Showcasing the very best of Moroccan handicrafts and local products, artisan demonstrations will reveal the true craftsmanship this country has to offer, from kaftans, textiles and leather goods to ceramics and beautifully crafted filigree (copper-works).

Setting the scene, those who visit the Morocco stand can take part in a range of authentic experiences, including traditional henna tattoos, calligraphy and live ‘oud’ music. Three Moroccan bands are confirmed to appear amongst the line-up of African artists performing on stage every day between 1pm and 3pm and 6pm to 9pm.    

Meanwhile, food lovers can enjoy a taste of Morocco’s famed and distinctive cuisine, as cookery demonstrations showcase the region’s exotic spices and delicacies.

Finally, those who visit the stand at Africa Village and take part in the activities even have the chance to win a holiday for two to Morocco.

Demonstrating that it truly is a country offering a unique cultural experience, now visitors to London can enjoy inspiring Morocco in the heart of the capital city.

For further information please visit www.inspiringmorocco.com

MNTO: Tel: 0207 437 0073, Address: Moroccan National Tourist Office, 205 Regent street, 2nd & 3rd floor, London W1B 4HB

 

For further information or images, please contact Ketchum Pleon:

Daisy Pack: daisy.pack@ketchumpleon.com / 020 7611 3551

 

Notes to Editors:  Countries participating to the Africa Village*:
Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Central Africa, Congo Brazzaville, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Equatorial Gunea,  Libya, Morocco, Nigeria , Rwanda, Senegal, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda… (*as of 2nd july).

 Access to Africa Village is free. Opening time: from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m, 27th July- 12th August.

VisitDenmark’s - IMAGINATION - Discover the Danish Spirit, is a series of events which aim to showcase the country during the 2012 Olympics.

 

All eyes will be on London this summer which gives a unique chance to show the UK and the rest of the world the best and the variety of what Denmark can offer anyone thinking of visiting the country as a tourist. IMAGINATION is not a come-and-watch event, instead it will be a place for a fun day out where visitors can engage in the activities, try and buy and have some fun whilst finding out about Denmark, from its Viking past to its green and environmentally friendly nation of today. The three week festival is full of interactive events and entertainment for all ages and will see cooking demonstrations, LEGO construction and even a real life Viking ship (plus Vikings) descend on St Katharine Docks.

For more information go to www.visitdenmark.com/en-gb/imagination .

 

IMAGINATION - Discover the Danish Spirit at St Katharine Docks in the heart of London

Open every day 27 July - 12 August 2012 from 11.00 am - 10.00 pm* Free admission!

 

Don’t miss our spotlight days with amazing events and competitions:

27 July: Opening Ceremony

27 – 29 July: Imagine a world of food

30 July - 3 August: The fairytale world of Hans Christian Andersen

4 - 5 August: LEGO®, the world's favourite toy!

6 – 8 August: The Vikings are coming!

9 - 12 August: We Love Bikes!

 

*Special opening hours:

27 July: Open to midnight

28 July: Open until 11 pm

12 August: Open until 11.30 pm

 

Kathrine Lind Gustavussen
Press & Event Coordinator
VisitDenmark
55 Sloane Street
London SW1X 9SY / United Kingdom
E-mail klg@visitdenmark.com
Web www.visitdenmark.com

Direct +44 (0)20 7201 3982 / Fax +44 (0)20 7259 5955

 

Trinidad and Tobago High Commission, London will be celebrating 50 years of Independence over the Olympic period at the Tricycle Theatre Kilburn London.

Trinidad and Tobago Culture Fest will host daily events including workshops, rum tasting, theatre productions, a film festival, music, art, food all based at the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural village, Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn, London.

The programme of events will run from 26th July – 25th August. Opening daily from 10am – 11pm. Free entrance for all.

 

ARIGATO in LONDON FROM JAPAN

"ARIGATO in LONDON," an event to show Japan's gratitude for the worldwide help, assistance and courage given after the Great East Japan Earthquake in March last year and also to show how Japan is recovering from the disaster, will be held for 15 days from 28 July to 11 August 2012, at London County Hall.

During the event, a video will be shown to express "arigato" (meaning "thank you" in Japanese) in 83 languages toward the 163 countries and regions that offered to help after the disaster. Also, a photo exhibition showing Japan working toward reconstruction will be held in cooperation with the Recovery Assistance Media Team and photographer Shinichi Sato.

On the terrace stage of County Hall, there will be, from time to time, traditional Japanese cultural performances such as Japanese dance, shamisen (three-stringed lute) and taiko (drum).

Community festival games such as ring toss and yo-yo fishing, reminiscent of the festivity of Japan's fete days, will be demonstrated. Handicrafts from across Japan will be put on sale and a sake bar will be opened in an effort to communicate Japanese culture to the rest of the world.

At an opening ceremony to be held at 12:00 a.m. on July 28, 2012, Executive Committee members Junko Koshino, designer, Hidetoshi Nakata, amongst others, will be present to talk about "ARIGATO in LONDON."

For details, please visit website TOKYO, July 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- "ARIGATO in LONDON," an event to show Japan's gratitude for the worldwide help, assistance and courage given after the Great East Japan Earthquake and also to show how Japan is recovering from the disaster, will be held for 15 days from July 28 to August 11, 2012, at London County Hall.

During the event, a video will be shown to express "arigato" (meaning "thank you" in Japanese) in 83 languages toward the 163 countries and regions that offered to help after the disaster. Also a photo exhibition showing Japan working toward reconstruction will be held in cooperation with the Recovery Assistance Media Team and photographer Shinichi Sato.

Furthermore, on the terrace stage of County Hall, there will be, from time to time, traditional Japanese cultural performances such as Japanese dance, shamisen (three-stringed lute) and taiko (drum).

Community festival games such as ring toss and yo-yo fishing, reminiscent of the festivity of Japan's fete days, will be demonstrated. Handicrafts and special products from across Japan, especially from the Tohoku area, will be put on sale and a sake bar will be opened in an effort to communicate Japanese culture to the rest of the world.  At the “ARIGATO” beer terrace Japanese dishes and beer will be served on an open terrace space with beautiful views of the River Thames.

At an opening ceremony to be held at 12:00 a.m. on July 28, 2012, Executive Committee members designer Junko Koshino, footballer Hidetoshi Nakata, amongst others, will be present to talk about "ARIGATO in LONDON."

For details, please visit (http://arigato-in-london.jp/eng/)

 

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