Eastern European Festival in Nottinghamshire

This summer, a major cultural event – the Eastern European Festival – will celebrate the sights, sounds and smells of Eastern Europe, inviting visitors to savour the food, music and culture of 13 countries in one weekend. From Friday 21st August until Sunday 23rd August 2009, Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire, in the East Midlands of the UK, will be transformed for a three-day festival that will showcase the customs and cultures of 13 Eastern European countries, all of which have large communities living and working in Britain.

The festival will enable visitors from across the globe to walk through these countries, as if they were travelling Eastern Europe by train, stopping along the way to savour delicious, local cuisine; national costumes; traditional music and much, much more.

As well as a dedicated Kids Zone for children, there will be lots to keep the adults entertained, including sporting events – such as an Eastern European Football Tournament, complete with Eastern European Cup for the winners; a strong man event; national dress competitions and fashion shows; as well as market stalls selling foods and crafts from throughout Eastern Europe. Visitors will literally cross the borders from one country to the next, and be greeted by something new at every turn.

One of the festival organisers, Mr Gary Black, explains: “The Eastern European Festival will enable people from the participating countries to bring the customs and culture of their homelands to a part of middle England for one weekend. There is no other festival like this taking place in the UK.

“Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the sights, sounds, tastes and experiences of Eastern European countries without the need for expensive holidays. We will be paying special attention to children, sports and tradition, in order to make the festival a family event in the truest sense. There will be parties in the evenings, and music will play a big part in the weekend’s calendar – the atmosphere is bound to be fantastic; I talk from experience when I say that Eastern Europeans know how to party!”

The central location of Newark Showground makes it one of the most sought after events’ locations in the UK; it is easily accessible by road, rail and air, enabling visitors to travel in from outside of the UK to spend some quality time with friends and family who are now permanently based in Britain.

Equally, it is anticipated that people will come from throughout the UK to enjoy this family-friendly event and experience – in all its colour and splendour – the cultural heritage and richness of Eastern Europe.

The Eastern European Festival promises three days of non-stop fun and laughter. Traders will have the opportunity to showcase the very best their homeland has to offer, while visitors will be able to camp at the site and enjoy parties, barbeques and other events into the evenings. The refreshments on offer will cover an authentic selection of traditional foods and drinks from all the respective countries involved.

This is the first Eastern European Festival, but follow-up events are already planned for Christmas 2009 and summer 2010. The festival has the backing of the UK embassies for each of the countries represented, as well as involvement and support from the respective Chambers of Commerce. The Polish Chamber is planning to bring 50 traders from Warsaw to the event and the Baltic States are also very interested. With this in mind, the festival will build on the strong historical associations between the UK and the 13 represented Eastern European countries, acknowledging the lasting bonds that were built during the war years and in more recent times.

More information at: http://www.eefestival.co.uk/

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