Countries from all continents are represented until this evening, Place Bellecour.

The consular celebrations continue until this evening, place Bellecour. The opportunity to travel from Lyon and discover many games, sports and cultural activities from all over the world.

Poland, Brazil, Armenia, Morocco, Greece, Mexico… This Sunday, Place Bellecour, the destinations are legion. Behind the panels of each country, many stands line up with each other, for the second day of the consular celebrations. Organized with the consular corps of the region, the event aims to celebrate “the internationality of the territory” and the diversity of its communities.

This year, the edition gives pride of place to “sports and games in the world”. Sweden took up the subject with enthusiasm. At the beginning of the afternoon, two coaches invite the public to exercise on the central platform to test the Swedish gym.

A giant piñata to celebrate Mexico

In Mexico, the artist Luis Alberto Gonzalez Mendez presents his paintings and his masks. A member of the Qu’artz association, he is based in the third arrondissement and offers this afternoon, with other entertainers, a Mexican lottery as well as a piñata, a large cardboard star that the children will have to beat to get out. the sweets.

Culinary discoveries also delight visitors. Under the barnum of the Dominican Republic, bread pudding is tasted. “It is the sweet version of French pain perdu, usually made with cinnamon, vanilla and rum“, indicates one of the animators. You can also add raisins, pineapple or banana“. Béryl Maillard, honorary consul of the Dominican Republic, is a regular at consular parties: “I have been participating for at least 22 years. The Dominican Republic is not just white sand beaches. Golf and baseball are played a lot“.

On the Thai side, initiations to Thai boxing and Sepak Takraw, a team sport similar to volleyball, are offered this afternoon. In terms of games, it is the Mak Keb that is in the spotlight. “It’s a traditional game that is played with five pebbles, with which you have to create combinationsspecifies Bulan Pini, of the association of Thais of Rhône-Alpes. You have to succeed in combinations that become more and more complicated“.

Poland, Pakistan, Mali, Nicaragua, Ireland, Belgium, Albania, China, Guatemala… About fifty exhibitors are mobilized to show the typical activities of their regions, until 6 p.m. For the second consecutive year, Russia is not among the participants. Ukraine is represented and will organize, at 4 p.m., a demonstration of hopak, the national martial art.

Other activities are planned this afternoon, and the program promises to be busy:

3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Greece / Longboard downhill
3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: Association The Burmese community of France
3:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Morocco / Sports songs
4:05 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.: Mexico / Piñata
4:10 p.m. to 4:25 p.m.: Algeria / Boxing
4:35 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.: Mexico / Lutcha libre (wrestling)
5:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Ivory Coast / ASSOA (tufting game)
5:30 to 5:40 p.m.: Brazil / Pétéca (ancestral game)