On 18 February 2017, the High Commission of Malta and other EU member missions in Canberra, led by the EU Delegation, participated in the yearly National Multicultural Festival (NMF) in Canberra. 26 EU member information booths, collectively called the EU Village, showcased the best of the countries of the European Union.
At the EU Delegation booth, replica EU Passports were handed out to visitors for them to present to the other EU country booths for their stamp. A completely stamped EU passport is then presented to the EU Delegation to receive a gift for completing a tour of the EU Village.
The Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Ms. Rachel Stephen-Smith visited the EU Village and posed for a family photo with the EU Heads of Missions, which included Malta’s High Commissioner to Australia, H.E. Mr. Charles Muscat.
Malta’s booth welcomed hundreds of visitors who wanted to learn more about Malta and those who have been and wanted to share their experiences in Malta. Tourism information brochures and promotional items such as pens, key rings, Hello Kitty folders, stress balls, pins, flags, etc. were handed out and were readily accepted and appreciated by everyone. There was much festivity that, in spite of the noontime rain, visitors stayed to enjoy the diverse cultural performances, cuisine, and products.
An estimated 280,000 visitors from Canberra and interstate attended the 21st year of the Multicultural Festival in Canberra.