A taste of things Venezuelan

THE Venezuelan Week is back for the third time since 2006, and this year, more events are being introduced for the fun-filled week.

“We are adding some unique events to our celebration this year.

“We also realised that holding the Venezuelan Week in universities like Universiti Malaya and Sunway University was one of the most satisfying experiences as it allowed us to establish an important relationship with the public, especially students and the academic world,” said Venezuelan ambassador to Malaysia Manuel Antonio Guzman during the launch at the Sokka Gakkai Malaysia premises in Kuala Lumpur recently.

Handicraft:Venezuelan handicraftwere also exhibitedand sold during thelaunch.

Among the events lined up for visitors during the week-long programme are a food promotion, appearance by a Venezuelan band, a photography exhibition and cooking workshops.

Besides that, Guzman added, a business and investment seminar would also be held to promote commercial exchange between Malaysia and Venezuela, which he felt had not reached its maximum potential. The seminar was held on July 1 at the MIDA Hall in Kuala Lumpur Sentral.

Guzman also thanked all who had assisted the embassy in preparing for the event.

Feast for the eyes:Tourism Malaysiadirector-general DatukMirza MohammadTaiyab (right) lookingat photographs byGustavo Bauer whileGuzman (centre) andSokka GakkaiMalaysia assistantsecretary-general ProfDr Christopher Boeylook on.

Guests at the launch were given the opportunity to sample some of the activities that will be held throughout the week.

Among these was the La Cocina Venezolana (Venezuelan Flavours) by world famous Venezuelan chef Edgar Leal.

Leal prepared Salmon Ceviche and Reinas Pepiadas for guests to taste, while the complete line-up of dishes is available at the Westin Hotel Kuala Lumpur, which is featuring a daily a la carte menu. Leal will also be holding cooking classes there on July 5 and 6.

Latin sounds: A guitarist from the Venezuelan band Pecheche y su Melao performingLatin Music with his band members at the launch of Venezuelan Week. The band will betouring various parts of Kuala Lumpur to share their country's music with Malaysians.

Those who like Latin music are also in for a treat, as Venezuelan band Pecheche y su Melao will be performing at 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Qba The Westin Hotel, Sungei Wang Plaza, Universiti Malaya, Sunway University College and the KL City Library. The public can catch the performances for free.

Those into art and photography are not left out either, as works by Gustavo Bauer, Rodrigo Benavides, Tony Palacios, Esso Alvarez and Vladimir Marcano are being exhibited.

These activities will run until July 6 at various locations around Kuala Lumpur.

For details of the events, call the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at 03-2163 3444 (Zhaybel Cardenas).