Andrew Barr just launched Windows to the World, a Centenary program in which visitors will be permitted to go explore Canberra’s embassies and high commissions.
Over four spring weekends from September 21-22, 33 missions will showcase their nation and culture to visitors.
This unique event could only happen in Canberra, where missions form part of the suburban landscape. Visitors can plan their day and stroll around the globe without leaving the capital.
Every event is free, and each mission has its own activities to offer a special experience and convey the spirit of its homeland.
Examples include escorted tours of the United States embassy and a ‘Havana lounge’ experience with the Cuban ambassador that may include sampling a Cuban cigar, while some fortunate students will have the opportunity to meet the Ambassadors of Brazil and Argentina.
Today’s launch at the Botswana High Commission in Deakin was attended by the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of Argentina, His Excellency Mr Pedro Raul Villagra Delgado, and the Centenary creative director Robyn Archer.
Most of Canberra’s diplomatic missions have not opened to the public for more than 10 years. Bookings may apply and numbers are strictly limited at some of the missions. Visit www.windowstotheworld.com.au for detailed booking information.
Bookings will be managed by the Australian Institute of International Affairs, a not-for-profit, member-based organisation that works to educate and improve understanding of international relations. Security screenings will apply and visitors are asked to bring photo ID.