Greece was the honored country at this year’s Feasts of the Wallonia (Fêtes des Wallonie) that took place from September 8 to 16 in the city of Namur, Belgium.
Celebrating the active part the Walloons took in the Belgian Revolution of 1830, Minister-President of the Walloon Region, Rudy Demotte, expressed solidarity on behalf of the southern region of Belgium to the Greek people and the some 20,000 Wallonians of Greek descent.
According to Libre Belgique daily, the celebrations made extensive references to the crisis plaguing the Mediterranean country and its people, who are left to fight with the austerity burden. Demotte also commented that Greece is currently paying not only for its mistakes but the ones made by Europe as a whole.
In order to reverse the negative image Belgians have of Greece, the Greek National Tourism Organization branch in the country organized a pavilion at the Place d’ Armes Square to provide information on the tourist attractions and destinations of Greece. Moreover, visitors had the chance to taste traditional Greek products and enjoy a tribute to Theodoros Aggelopoulos’ filmography.