Various cultures, customs, cuisines, and interesting stories and events – all of this from 25 countries during Passport Day at the Wroclaw Stadium.
2,500 Wroclaw pupils attended the only meeting of this kind in Poland, during which countries represented by children are presented to them by consuls. The event attracted so many people that the organisers want it to be held on the Wroclaw Market Square for two days next year, with open access to everyone.
Welcoming the participants, the Mayor of Wroclaw Jacek Sutryk recollected Olga Tokarczuk’s words: ‘we live in a city built on love, in the city that we make out of love every day.’ ‘Wroclaw is a tolerant and multicultural city, and this is what our energy and strength comes from. Thank you for being here,’ said the Mayor of Wroclaw to the children.
Kartikey Johri, the honorary consul of India in Wroclaw who hit upon the idea of organising Passport Day a year ago, said that he knew that the initiative would gain large popularity. Around 500 pupils took part in Passport Day a year ago; this year there were 2,500 of them.
This year’s event comprised regional delicacies, an artistic program, and a range of workshops. Children had special passports in which they collected stamps of states participating in Passport Day.
Wroclaw is a city where foreigners from over 70 countries live and work. The largest group are Ukrainians, whose community is estimated at around 100,000.
The consuls stress that it is an opportunity for them to show how large the international community is in Wroclaw.
Because of huge interest, the organisers want the event to be held on the Wroclaw Market Square for two days next year, with open access to everyone willing to participate.