GHRD participated at the 26th Milan festival which was held between 30th July and 1st August at Zuiderpark in The Hague. The word ‘Milan’ means ‘meeting’ in Hindi.
Mr. Baldewsingh, Deputy Mayor for Public Health and the Escamp district, eloquently said: ‘It is a meeting between people, diverse cultures and the city’. Ms. A. Pardi from the Suriname Embassy, called it: ‘a place where “East meets West” and Mr. S. Chotoe, Chairman for the Milan Festival, described it as a meeting place for people of different ages and diverse cultural backgrounds.
Due to its popularity and success, the festival is hosted annually and still attracts thousands of visitors. The highlights of this year’s event were live cultural performances (by famous and distinguished artists from India, the Netherlands and Suriname). In addition to the live entertainment, there were numerous stalls that sold traditional culinary delicacies and beautiful handcrafted ornaments.
This year’s festival also focused on education and included an array of stalls that focused on enlightening the public about different sectors such as health and information about various projects from different organisations. GHRD was amongst one of these stalls displaying its work and creating awareness on its human rights activities and projects in South Asia.