The Zimbabwe Embassy in Berlin Hosts the Celebration for the Independence Day
Ambassador Alice Mashingaidze Highlights the Importance of Cultural Diplomacy and Values at the Event Featuring Local Cuisine, Music, and Poems.April 29th, 2023
The Zimbabwean Embassy in Berlin hosted a celebration to mark the country's Independence Day on April 29th 2023. The event, attended by H. E. Ambassador Alice Mashingaidze, diplomats, students, and local community, featured a diverse range of cultural elements, including Zimbabwean cuisine, music, and poems.
Ambassador Mashingaidze delivered an opening speech to inaugurate the celebration, followed by a poetry recital by embassy members on the diversity and richness of Zimbabwe and its inhabitants. Attendees were treated to a variety of local delicacies, including sadza, Zimbabwean rice, Mopane worms, and beef tripe, while DJ Gody provided the soundtrack with a selection of local music.
The event also provided an opportunity for students and interns from the ICD to learn more about Zimbabwean culture and traditions while connecting with the Ambassador and diplomats. During an open discussion with the ICD team, Ambassador Mashingaidze emphasized the importance of staying true to one's own values and cultural heritage.
During the celebration at the Zimbabwean Embassy, Ambassador Alice Mashingaidze emphasized the significant role of cultural diplomacy in contemporary society. She explained that cultural diplomacy can promote human rights, respect, and collective well-being by fostering mutual understanding and appreciation between different cultures and nations.
The Ambassador stressed the importance of events such as the Independence Day celebration in bringing people together and promoting cultural exchange. By providing a platform for individuals to learn about and appreciate each other's cultures, such events can create a sense of unity and strengthen international relationships.
Ambassador Mashingaidze also highlighted the power of cultural diplomacy in promoting peace. By nurturing mutual respect and understanding, cultural diplomacy can facilitate cooperation and dialogue between nations and peoples. She also spoke about the importance of hard work and perseverance in achieving success. She emphasized the need to stay true to one's values and cultural traditions while also working towards a better world for all.
Finally, a raffle was held, giving participants the opportunity to participate jointly in the game.
Overall, the celebration was a valuable opportunity for the Zimbabwean and the local community to engage in intercultural dialogue and cultivate cultural diplomacy and promote cooperation.