The Egyptian State Tourist Office (ESTO) has announced its participation in the Africa Village during this year’s London 2012 Olympics. For the very first time in the history of the Games, the 53 African NOCs (National Olympic Committees) are hosting the Africa Village at Kensington Gardens, from today (July 27) through to August 12.
The village, which is free to enter, will welcome athletes and visitors throughout the duration of the Olympic Games and will be made up of Africa Land and Africa House. Africa Land will be open to the public and will allow visitors to discover the cultural and artistic riches of the African continent. Africa House represents the official area for ANOCA (Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa) and the 53 African NOCs.
Visitors to Africa Land are invited to experience a taste of Egypt at the Egypt stand (number B7) and celebrate Egypt exclusively on Saturday August 4, when Egypt takes over the village for a day. The Egypt day will highlight the country’s cultural diversity including Egyptian dancers, belly dancers, musicians and a variety of Egyptian cuisine. Art lovers can also receive a traditional henna tattoo from a henna artist, while those interested in the African history of the Olympics can trace Africa’s participation in the Games through a photography exhibition of legendary African sportspeople.
UK director of ESTO, Omayma El Husseini, said: “This is a very exciting time for Egypt. During the Olympic Games, 112 Egyptian athletes will compete in 19 disciplines, including football, swimming and boxing. We are proud to be part of this and participate in the first Africa Village. Egypt will showcase its diversity, tourism offering, cultural heritage, art, cuisine and music. Kensington Gardens is a prime location in the heart of London and we are very much looking forward to meeting Egypt enthusiasts from all over the world.”
Live entertainment will be performed on the main stage every day from 13:00 to 15:00 and from 18:00 to 21:00. Acts include music, dance, fashion shows and theatre performances. African athletes will also be visiting Africa Land daily to showcase their medals and celebrate with fans.