EMBASSY PHOTOS
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March 2014

Japanese Ambassador Norihiro Okuda and his wife Keiko Okuda hosted a reception March 20 at their home to celebrate Washoku, a Japanese cuisine recently inscribed as a representative of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Diplomats donned green attire and headed to Irish Ambassador Ray Bassett’s house for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration on March 18 to mark Ireland’s national day.

The Aventa Ensemble presented Rolf Wallin’s Strange News at the Canadian Museum of History on March 13 in partnership with the Norwegian Embassy and the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative. The event featured an orchestral presentation focused on child soldiers.

Tunisian Ambassador Riadh Essid and his wife Chiraz Saidane Essid hosted a reception to mark Tunisia’s national day on March 19 at the Maison du Citoyen in Gatineau, Que.

Swedish Ambassador Teppo Tauriainen hosted a Nordic-Baltic Ski Day at his home on Feb. 28. Staff and families from eight Nordic and Baltic embassies gathered on a chilly day for the fourth consecutive year to compete in a ski-sprint relay.

Serbian Chargé d’Affaires Mirjana Šešum-Curcic and her husband Radojica Curcic opened an art exhibition at their embassy on March 5 in honour of International Women’s Day. Artist Marina Gavanski Zissis displayed her works in the show Women through Time and Nation.

The Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel hosted a lunch for the Women Ambassadors of Ottawa and chargé d’affaires on March 7 in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Swedish Ambassador Teppo Tauriainen hosted a “Music to Dine for” event at his home on Feb. 27 in co-operation with the Friends of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in support of youth music education programs.

Kuwaiti Ambassador Ali Al-Sammak hosted a reception to mark his country’s national day at the Chateau Laurier on Feb. 25.

Folk dancing and music filled the Hellenic Meeting and Reception Centre on March 1 as part of two weekends of the Ottawa Winter GreekFest organized by the Hellenic community.

CPAC hosted an advance screening of Afghanistan: Outside the Wire—End Game on March 4 at the Canadian Museum of History. The documentary features military journalists Scott Taylor of Embassy and Esprit de Corps magazine, as well as David Pugliese of the Ottawa Citizen.

Irish Ambassador Ray Bassett spoke to the Friends of the Canadian War Museum and guests at a Feb. 27 luncheon at the Army Officers’ Mess. 

Bulgarian Ambassador Nikolay Milkov and his wife Nevena Mandadjieva hosted a reception on March 3 at Ottawa City Hall to mark Bulgaria’s national day.

House Speaker Andrew Scheer hosted a reception on Feb. 26 in the Speaker’s Salon for the Pacific Alliance nations—Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru—to showcase their culture and food.

Sri Lankan High Commissioner Chitranganee Wagiswara hosted a reception to mark Sri Lanka’s 66th national day at her home on Feb. 26.

Canadian fans in Shanghai, China trekked to the Canadian-owned sports bar Big Bamboo on Feb. 23 to watch their home and native land win gold in men’s hockey at the Sochi Olympics.

Chinese Ambassador Zhang Junsai hosted a reception on Feb. 18 at his embassy to bid farewell to defence attaché Senior Colonel Li Daozhong and welcome Senior Colonel Zhu Haitao.

Lithuanian Ambassador Vytautas Žalys hosted a reception on Feb. 19 at the National Arts Centre to mark the 96th anniversary of Lithuania’s independence.

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