UIL celebrates the ‘Long Night of the Consulates’


© Lisa Krolak
6 June 2018

On 15 May 2018, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) joined the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) to take part in the Hamburg-wide ‘Long Night of the Consulates’, and present its mandate and work. Programme Coordinator Werner Mauch and the Head of the UIL Library, Lisa Krolak, were on hand to answer questions and provide insight into how the Institute promotes and supports educational equality around the world.

The event was an opportunity to engage the public in discussion about lifelong learning and to raise the visibility of UIL’s work within its host city. Until now, the public has had few opportunities for direct contact with staff from the Institute. Visitors were curious to learn more about UIL’s programmes and to explore the possibilities of working there or undertaking internships. ‘I now understand that UNESCO is about more than monuments and cultural heritage,’ said one participant. UIL’s new Director, David Atchoarena, intends to engage more with the local community in Hamburg and is planning to open the doors of UIL for next year’s ‘Long Night of the Consulates’.

The ‘Long Night of the Consulates’ was established in 2012 to celebrate the Hanseatic city’s multicultural heritage, and to showcase international traditions, customs and cuisines. It is an annual event that welcomes visitors to explore some of the many international consulates across the city.

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