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Published on 13-09-11

The Mayor's Thames Festival, which takes place every September on the Southbank, is one of the city's biggest free outdoor events, to celebrate London and the River Thames, including a European stand manned by a team from the Representation. There is a spectacular combination of dancing, music, street arts, food… ending in a fireworks display after the Night Carnival. Having attracted over 800,000 people last year, the event's popularity this year was no disappointment!.

    The Representation in London stand at the Thames festival 2011

    The Representation in London stand at the Thames festival 2011

    As part of the European Village located by the Royal Festival Hall, the European Commission Representation in London participated in the Thames Festival. The success of previous years served as an incentive to actively take part once again.

    We offered a wide range of free publications, addressed to people of all ages, with a great variety of booklets for the youngest visitors. There were also brochures for adults, explaining the EU budget, some about climate change or languages, all intending to explain the benefits of EU membership.

    The most popular activity was the quiz, giving the public the chance to test their EU knowledge. Both children and adults showed great interest in taking the test, with several prizes to be won, from the sought after cotton bags to the rain ponchos that would later come in so handy.

    The event began with the early arrival of part of the EC Representation's team to prepare the actual stall and open the very many boxes, which would be completely gone by Sunday. Once the preparation time was over, the stand was quickly overrun with visitors keen on getting information about the EU. There were several people interested in understanding the EU budget, but also many teachers who were provided with an order form  to request the EC's publications for their schools. The younger visitors were generally students looking for brochures about languages or studying abroad and the many children attracted by the different colourful booklets offered, storybooks, sticker books and, of course, the rulers and rubbers.

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