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Shortcut to Europe: EU Embassies’ Open House & Europe Week

 Fancy a visit to Europe this spring? Then join the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, the Embassies of the 27 EU Member States to the U.S. and future EU member Croatia (joining in 2013) on May 12, 2012 for the sixth EU Open House Day. The annual event, during which EU embassies open their doors to the Washington public, is part of Europe Week, which means seven days of Europe-related events all over the United States.

Each embassy will be open to the public from 10 am until 4 pm on Saturday, May 12, 2012, offering a rare look inside the buildings and providing a unique opportunity to experience the country’s cultural heritage and national traditions. Free shuttle bus service will be provided throughout the day with stops at embassies and select Metro stations. The EU Delegation and the Embassies will offer authentic music, dance, food, film, art and fun for the whole family.

“The EU Open House has become a highlight on the Washington, DC events calendar,” said Ambassador João Vale de Almeida, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the U.S. “This is the sixth year running that the 27 European Union member countries and the EU Delegation work together to present this fantastic event which draws thousands of visitors. We are particularly happy that our future member Croatia participates this year.

The EU Embassies’ Open House, the single biggest celebration of the EU in the world, demonstrates the EU’s motto of ‘unity through diversity’ by showcasing the range and richness of European culture and society.”

EU Embassies’ Open House occurs during Europe Week, a week long celebration of Europe across the United States with concerts, exhibitions, performances, and other activities presented by a wide range of consulates, universities, organizations and institutions. From fine art and photography to music and acting, Europe Week will offer an insight into European culture and society, from its rich artistic history to the latest works of its young artists.

May 9 is Europe Day, celebrated annually to mark the signing of the Schuman Declaration in 1950, which laid the basis for what today is the European Union.

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