Saturday, November 24, 2012

Georgia is the guest country at Strasbourg Christmas Market

24.11.2012 (HTN - Hvino Tour News) This year Georgia is the guest country of Strasbourg Christmas Market, which opens on November 24 in France. Founded in 1570, Strasbourg Christmas Market is the world's most famous one thanks to its size and location in the capital of Europe. This year, as Capital of Christmas, Strasbourg welcomes Georgia. Georgia's Minister of Culture Guram Odisharia will attend the opening  ceremony.

Georgia will set up Georgian Christmas Village on Place Gutenberg, in the city centre, where all the regions of Georgia will be represented, as well as Georgian products, traditional dishes and clothing. Georgian Christmas Village will be open from 24th November to 23rd December.

A programme of cultural and artistic events gives the opportunity to immerse in Georgian customs through traditional songs, folk dances and activities for children. The programme will include performance of Georgia National Ballet (Place Kléber), Exhibition on Georgia (parc de l'Étoile), and Georgian Film Festival (Odyssée Cinema, 3 rue des Francs Bourgeois).

Vice Mayor of Strasbourg Nawel Rafik said that when choosing guests of the Christmas market the Mayor's Office takes into consideration level of democracy and human rights in the country. “Respect of common European values is also important,” he said.

Tradition of Christmas market in Strasbourg has about a 450-year-long history. The first Christmas market in Strasbourg was organized in 1570. Every year various countries are invited to participate in the market. The number of tourists has exceeded 3 millions in Strasbourg last year due to the Christmas market.

© HTN (Hvino Tour News)

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