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Culture and Press news

New cultural attaché club sets sail – Embassy 51
London’s Cultural Attaché Network (CAN) was launched in fine weather with its first field trip to the Royal Museums Greenwich...

DPAAL-London Press Club drinks – Embassy 51
London’s diplomatic press attaché corps enjoyed a lively networking drinks reception hosted by the London Press Club...

Sochi shines at start of Olympics – Embassy 50
The Sochi Olympics began in spectacular style with a celebration of Russia’s history and culture that included Tzars and Tolstoy...

Tale of Morocco, Magna Carta and a Muslim England – Embassy 49
England may have become an Islamic caliphate without the Magna Carta were it not for a wise Moroccan king, it was revealed at a celebration...

Eclectic collection – Embassy 47
From bling kings to Olympic rings, YDL members toured the vaults of Britain’s vast Government Art Collection...

Catch it while you can! – Embassy 46
A group of lucky Ambassadors were given an excellent tour of the first retrospective of works by American realist painter George Bellow...

Embassy hostage movie “twists facts” – Embassy 45
The Oscar-winning movie Argo has caused  dismay among former British, New Zealand and Canadian diplomats who accuse Hollywood of...

Not just horseplay – Embassy 45
Elizabeth Stewart went on a global couture tour at the International Fashion Showcase to discover why a dark horse ran away with fashion diplomacy’s top prize

A royal residence – Embassy 43
Pierre de Villiers visits the artist wife of the Peruvian Ambassador, Marcela Chavez and discovers a celebration of Peruvian art...

Olympic guide – Embassy 41
The London Olympics are finally upon us. Even if you didn’t manage to secure a ticket, you can still join in the frenzy of multicultural...

Eastern promise – Embassy 41
One of the most deprived areas of London, Stratford has undergone a remarkable regeneration. Kenya and Nigeria opted to be part...

Heart of gold – Embassy 41
Olympic fans arriving on the Eurostar step out into King’s Cross, the hip, urban heart of the Capital. Olympic Houses over here will be able...

Northern delights – Embassy 41
The arty north London neighbourhoods of Camden, Kilburn and Haringey provide a heady mix of multicultural communities, leafy parks and...

Park life – Embassy 41
Away from the Olympic Park in the East, London’s Kensington Gardens in the West will be a highlight of the Olympic Experience...

A river runs through it – Embassy 41
Sailing down the Thames from the Festival Pier in the west to the O2 in the east, Olympic fans don’t have to go far to find a party with a...

Best of the rest – Embassy 41
Casa Italia will be situated at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre just off Parliament Square and will bring a little taste of...

The Business end – Embassy 41
Drumming up business and investment will be a key part of all the Olympic Houses. Not to be left out, the UK and London will be...

Keeping it in the family – Embassy 40
Casa Italia will be situated at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre just off Parliament Square and will bring a little taste of Italy to...

All the world’s stage – Embassy 39
International productions of Shakespeare’s plays are taking to the stage across the UK. Elizabeth Stewart investigates how British cultural...

A special relationship – Embassy 39
Touring the treasure trove of art at the Portuguese Ambassador’s Residence, Pierre de Villiers uncovers a special bond between...

Going underground – Embassy 38
Pierre de Villiers finds out how the world’s most secretive and sought-after graffiti artist wound up doing a paint job on the Swiss...

Fun and the Games – Embassy 38
The Mayor of London is planning the party for the planet in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics and the diplomatic corps is invited...

Fashion with Seoul – Embassy 37
They’ve dressed Lady Gaga and their quirky designs have featured in Vogue, Elle and Dazed and Confused...

Weaving a new future – Embassy 37
In the heart of the Rwandan High Commission, Pierre de Villiers discovers a symbol of hope and healing...

Getting to the heart of Hajj – Embassy 36
Opening the blockbuster Hajj exhibition at the British Museum has been a journey in itself for HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al-Saud...

Portrait of an artist – Embassy 36
Ambassador Marija Efremova tells Pierre de Villiers about a lifelong passion...

The Diplomatic Code – Embassy 35
A fine example of Flemish tapestry in the Residence of Ambassador Johan Verbeke has a coded message that deiplomats would do well...

Something wild – Embassy 34
More often than not, embassy art is rather grand and imposing – but Finnish Ambassador Pekka Huhtaniemi...

Heaven and hell – Embassy 33
The High Commissioner for The Maldives uses shock tactics on her walls to remind visitors of the country’s struggle for freedom...

UK envoys taught to Tweet – Embassy 32
Senior diplomats are to be given training in Tweeting and social networking by the FCO’s Digital Diplomacy...

The art of diplomacy – Embassy 32
Visit any embassy chancery or ambassadorial residence and diplomats will tell you that the walls do speak...

Afghanistan’s cultural heroes – Embassy 31
Culture has been an abiding passion for Afghanistan’s Ambassador to London Homayoun Tandar, a Sorbonne-educated archaeologist...

Culture Matters – Embassy 31
Culture has the power to unify or divide, but however you look at it, culture matters...

The Mighty Quinn – Embassy 31
Those curious about the huge, brass works of art that have materialised around London gathered at the Italian Cultural Institute...

Diplomacy in 3D – Embassy 31
“This is better than a pyjama party!” smiled Slovene Ambassador Iztok Jarc as he greeted his colleagues, all donning 3D glasses...

Peace portraits – Embassy 29
Trafalgar Square has special significance for South Africans and for Norwegians. Every Christmas the City of Oslo...

Blitz Diplomacy – Embassy 28
On the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Elizabeth Stewart looks back at the life and times of wartime diplomats...

Golden Jubilee – Embassy 28
Celebrations for Cyprus’s Golden Jubilee began early with an exhibition and musical concert entitled 50 Years of the Republic of Cyprus...

First Lady inspires UK youngsters – Embassy 23
Ten talented Islington school children were entertained at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of an inspirational...

Chinese memento – Embassy 22
Departing Chinese Ambassador Fu Ying has donated her mother's food coupons to the British Museum as part of the exhibition...

The Year Ahead – Milestones... – Embassy 22
Whatever happens in the world out there will affect the missions here in London, so here Embassy gives you a quick heads up..

The Year Ahead – Culture & Sport... – Embassy 22
Whatever happens in the world out there will affect the missions here in London, so here Embassy gives you a quick heads up..

The spirit of Gandhi – Embassy 20
A priceless series of letters written by Mahatma Gandhi and a signed cloth were presented to the President of India...

What your embassy says about you – Embassy 19
The public has a rather warped view of the shrouded world behind embassy doors, as cultural attachés recently discovered...

EU heads wield pedal power – Embassy 18
It was a hot and steamy start to the Swedish Presidency. Putting a new spin on the institution, the Swedish Embassy launched its ‘green...

Pop tsar sings at Embassy – Embassy 16
They call her the 'Red Madonna' – and while Russian superstar Valeriya might be a platinum blonde with 100 million album sales under her tightly cinched belt, not even Madonna...

Wall and Peace – Embassy 16
To mark the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the German National Tourist Office together with the German Embassy and Lufthansa ran the clever 'Post-Wall...

The Ambassador and the Architect – Embassy 15
There is something missing from the Swiss Ambassador's Residence. Where the imposing riot of colours of a Le Corbusier tapestry once hung, is now an empty wall...

Slumdog diplomat – Embassy 14
A month ago Vikas Swarup was an unassuming Indian diplomat with a flair for writing. Now he is the toast of Hollywood...

Ciné Lumière reopens – Embassy 14
Following a major refurbishment, the Ciné Lumière at the Institut Français has reopened. Icon of the French silver...

A date for your diary – Embassy 14
Meet the movers and shakers in the Scottish cultural scene at the next Cultural Attaché event in collaboration with Visiting Arts.

Diplomatic Press Club launched – Embassy 14
A club for foreign press attachés was launched in December, on the initiative of Cristina Nita, press secretary at the Romanian Embassy...

Zaha Hadid unveils Freedom Square – Embassy 13
Zaha Hadid likes to push boundaries. But the task of uniting a divided city is one of the greatest challenges...

Cultural attachés visit Liverpool – Embassy 12
Twelve cultural attachés joined Visiting Arts on a tour of Liverpool, the European Capital of Culture 2008, while taking in the sites...

Interculturalism – a Spanish view – Embassy 9
The terrorist attacks in Spain on 11 March 2004 shocked the nation and caused a period of introspection about inter-cultural relations.

The Embassies Project – Embassy 9
It started with anonymous, intimate sexual confessions whispered inside the Residence of the Ambassador of Argentina...

Wurth seeing – Embassy 8
How does a diplomat endure the tedium of meetings in Brussels? Hubert Wurth, the Ambassador of Luxembourg, doodled...

Attachés visit new cultural quarter – Embassy 8
The transformation of Kings Cross into an emerging cultural quarter was the topic for the first event of Visiting Arts' cultural attaché programme for 2008/09.

Tuttle tattle – Embassy 7
Dick Custin and Anna Girvan from the US Embassy tell Elizabeth Stewart how embassies in London can reach out to a global audience...

Swiss on a roll – Embassy 6
This was a diplomatic reception with a difference – a garage rave in the subterranean carpark of the Swiss Ambassador’s residence with footballers, street dancing, Hip Hop...

Czechs rock – Embassy 4
Few embassies would risk hosting a gig for a British indie band – but the Czechs have always been a little different...

Art exhibition thaws relations – a bit – Embassy 4
It was business as usual as British and Russian officials put aside hostilities this week at the inauguration of the much-anticipated From Russia exhibition

Art becomes pawn in diplomatic row – Embassy 2
Icy diplomatic relations between London and Moscow got even frostier after the Roskultura, the Russian state culture agency....

Cultural attachés visit Oxford – Embassy 2
About 20 Cultural Attachés ventured beyond the M25 to spend a day being inspired in the City of Spires...

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