Diplomatic parties this week: Africa Day, Cuban dancing draw crowds

Ethiopian Ambassador Birtukan Ayano, far left, and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, next to her, take part in a coffee ceremony at Ethiopia’s national day event May 28. Sam Garcia photograph courtesy of the Ethiopian Embassy

The ambassador makes a toast at the event at the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park. Sam Garcia photograph courtesy of the Ethiopian Embassy

As part of the Canada 150 “Ottawa Welcomes the World” series at Lansdowne Park’s Horticulture Building, the Cuban Embassy hosted classes of Cuban rhythms on May 19, including this salsa class. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Miraly González González, wife of the Cuban ambassador, her daughter Mailyn Garmendía, guitarist Aldo Rodriguez, and Cuban Ambassador Julio Garmendía. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Costa Rican Ambassador Roberto Dormond-Cantú, Mr. Garmendía, Ms. González, and Argentine Ambassador Marcelo Suarez Salvia. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

High Commissioner of Cameroon Solomon Azoh-Mbi, Greek Ambassador George L. Marcantonatos, and Amadou Adrien Koné, ambassador of Burkina Faso, at Africa Day celebrations on May 24 at the Horticulture Building in Lansdowne Park. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

A Burundian drumming group showed off their skills. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Former Canadian ambassador Gabriel-M. Lessard, with Constant Horace, ambassador of Madagascar, and Mr. Lessard’s wife Corinne Paollilo. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Egyptian Ambassador Motaz Zahran with parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs Matt DeCourcey. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

New South African High Commissioner Sibongiseni Yvonne Dlamini-Mntambo and Zimbabwean Ambassador Florence Zano Chideya. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia