France, Germany Host Joint Open House
On May 10, France and Germany co-hosted an event for an all-ages public as part of the annual EU Open House in Washington, with over 4,300 visitors enjoying the best of both cultures.
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Held at the Embassy of France, personnel from each country’s Embassy displayed elements of its gastronomy, industry, and public affairs, all of which represent the diversity of the European Union.
- Frédéric Doré, Deputy Chief of Mission of the French Embassy and Philipp Ackermann, Deputy Chief of Mission of the German Embassy, visit the science booth.
Germany offered free consultations and materials at the booths of the German Information Center and Goethe Institute, among others. France shared resources about its agriculture, culture, military, science, and technology.
Both Embassies provided food, beverages, tourism information, and ran a joint German/French language school for those interested in expanding their foreign language vocabularies. Children’s events included balloons, face-painting, and storytelling.
Photography enjoyed a special focus this year, and each Embassy designed a backdrop related to national images. Visitors had their photo taken in front of a virtual Berlin Wall and virtual Eiffel Tower.
The Delegation of the European Union in the United States, which leads much of the yearly event’s planning, also launched an "#EUselfie" social media program. Visitors to participating Embassies were encouraged to post photos of themselves on Twitter for prizes awarded at the end of the day.