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The Swiss Embassy Will Celebrate the National Holiday

The Swiss Embassy fills the calendar with social and cultural events as part of the National Holiday Celebration

July 21st, 2016
Daniel Erhardt, Berlin Global
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The Swiss Embassy will organize a family picnic on the eve of the country’s National Holiday on August 1st, followed by a literary and musical evening at the Literary Colloquim Berlin

On Saturday, July 30th, from 2pm till 6pm, the Swiss Embassy will be holding a family picnic on the garden grounds behind the Embassy building. Ambassador Christine Schraner Burgener invites all Swiss nationals and their families and friends to join the musical enjoyment on the extensive lawns situated between the Swiss Embassy and the river Spree. 500 picnic baskets will be prepared for the guests’ welcome.

In addition, the event will coincide with the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland, the longest railway tunnel in the world. The tunnel will have a transcendental importance for the commerce and direct traffic linking the key ports of Rotterdam and Genoa.

Also, a garden train in the shape of the new Gotthard train “Belluno” will be installed on the embassy’s garden grounds, featuring a trip throughout Europe for enjoyment of both young and old. For young children, a face-paint station, soap bubble-blowing, and story-telling will be organized. The event will end with a lucky game of Tombola. The Berlin Alpine horn band will provide musical entertainment.

All the money gathered during the celebration will be donated on benefit of the Berlin Railway Mission and the Protestant Elisabeth Convent, that cares about godfathering for the refugees.

Two days before, on the evening of Thursday July 28th, the Literary Colloquium Berlin will organize the “Helvetic Fest” with the help of the Swiss Embassy. Reading of excerpts from books by Swiss authors Meral Kureyshi, Bettina Wohlfender, Arno Carmenisch and Jens Nielsen will take place. Musician Lucia Cadotsch will provide musical entertainment. An apéro comprised from cheese and wine will be offered by the Swiss Embassy and the event will be supported by the Pro Helvetia cultural foundation.

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