This year, the International Christmas Festival will be taking place on 27 November in the Hilton Hotel in Prague and a large number of visitors are expected. They will have the opportunity to learn about cultures and products from other countries. Under one roof, it will be possible to purchase interesting and original Christmas presents and at the same time to support various charities in the Czech Republic. The festival is traditionally opened by the First Lady of the Czech Republic.
The Diplomatic Spouses Association (DSA) was established in 1997 as a non-profit organisation. Its aim was to strengthen relations with the cultural heritage of the host country, to present the spouses’ own countries and to share information, interests and ideas. The association works on a voluntary basis and places great emphasis on charity work.
The Hilton Hotel will provide 1,000 m² of space for this event, where the stalls of diplomats will be erected offering interesting products from more than 50 countries around the world. This project will also be run on internet auctions where private or corporate gifts are to be found. Proceeds from the entry fee and sale of products will be used to support Czech charities.
From the money collected thanks to the diplomats, a total of 34 projects will be supported, a few examples of which are as follows: school transport for handicapped children, a summer camp for children addicted to drugs, support material for hospice care at home, guide equipment for visually impaired skiers, rehabilitation facilities for children and senior citizens and much more. Every year, this festival contributes more than 2.5 million crowns to Czech charities.
Testament to the fact that this is one of the most prestigious of all Christmas events is also the traditional ceremony. Members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of all 34 charities met up at the Grand Award Ceremony which was held on 2.5.2016 in Žofín Palace. The guest of honour was Mr Hynek Kmoníček, Director of the Department of the President of the Czech Republic.
Since 2000, the association has provided almost 64 million Czech crowns to charities, making it one of the leading local benefactors.