The official opening of the Vestdijk as International Boulevard is a good occasion for a big celebration for the international community of Eindhoven. On June 12 there will be three events in and around the VDMA: the international festival, the I Am Not A Tourist event and a get-together of Expatriate Spouses Initiative.

Carmen Panos, herself originating from Spain, has the overview of the three planned events. On a map of the VDMA-complex she has pointed out all the activities, and the participants behind them. She emphasises that everybody is welcome on June 12. “Of course this is a festival for the internationals, but this is also a day on which Eindhovenaren can learn about their new neighbours.”

The day begins with a parade that starts at noon from the Frits Philips statue on the Markt. Via Smalle Haven the parade will return to the Vestdijk – the international boulevard. There, at the VDMA, the Expat Center and The Hub for Expats are located. “The place where expats and internationals feel at home.”

Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 14.56.38The rest of the afternoon and evening there’s plenty of time and occasion to celebrate, through a combination of music, workshops and of course food and drinks from all cultures. In the courtyard of the VDMA visitors can get a taste of all the delights from countries like Spain, Italy, India, Venezuela and Mexico. Also, the international students from TU/e will present themselves. The workshops are both serious and relaxed: focus is for example on the Dutch school system, but also on crafts and drawing.

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