Windows to the World returns this October

Released 19/09/2019

The ACT Government is giving Canberrans the chance to see the world without taking a long-haul flight at the Windows to the World event this October.

The popular event is a rare opportunity to see behind the gates of the Canberra's embassies and high-commissions.

Minister for the Arts, Creative Industries and Cultural Events Gordon Ramsay said the popular event provided an insight into world cultures and celebrated Canberra's success as a multicultural city.

"Windows to the World provides a great view into the world of international diplomacy," Minister Ramsay said.

"I encourage Canberrans to see, taste and experience cultures from across the globe while enjoying the beautiful gardens and architecture that the embassies and high-commissions have to offer.

"The event strengthens Canberra’s reputation as a global, connected city with strong international relationships."

Joining the 42 diplomatic missions participating in the event are Australia’s own Government House and Australian Parliament House.

In all, 27 foreign missions will be holding open days at their embassy or high commission residence across the weekends of 12-13 and 19-20 October.

Highlights include Crazy Finnish Games, a Filipino barbecue cook up, traditional Timorese food sampling, the chance to sample 27 different styles of Saudi Arabian dates, trying your hand at lacrosse and hockey (Canada) and behind-the-scenes tours at Parliament House.

"There's a diverse mix on offer and if you miss out on a booking a tour, there are a number of embassies open that you can visit without a booking," Minister Ramsay said.

Venues that don’t require a booking include:

  • Embassy of Ireland (12 October 10am-4pm)
  • Government House (12 October 10am-2pm)
  • Embassy of Philippines (19 October 10am-4pm)
  • Embassy of Turkey (19 October 11am-4pm)
  • High Commission of Canada (19 October 10am-1pm)
  • High Commission of Malaysia (19 October 10am-1pm)
  • High Commission of Pakistan (20 October 10am-4pm)
  • Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia (20 October 8am-5pm)

A taster event held at Floriade on 5 October called the Windows to the World Expo will feature 11 foreign missions, complementing Floriade's World in Bloom theme.

Program, booking and details of a shuttle bus service to run between the embassies over the two weekends can be found at

Windows to the World is another 2016 commitment delivered by the ACT Government through a $150,000 investment in 2019-20 and 2020-21.

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