STAFF REPORTER

MORE than 60 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which are taking part in a fair at Palma Arena on 18th and 19th December, will be donating their takings to the Balearic Food Bank, a regional store which distributes essential foodstuffs to the needy.

The presentation of the fair was held at the Palma Arena yesterday. A number of governmental figures attended including Palma City Councillor, Eberhard Grosske who is responsible for Social Welfare and regional Minister for Social Affairs and Immigration, Fina Santiago.

Because of budgetary restrictions, the NGO fair is replacing the Intercultural Festival which took place there last year. The occasion has been titled: “Helping unemployment and poverty confront the crisis.” A full schedule of events has been planned in the run-up to the fair beginning on Saturday, 12th December with a “Photographic Marathon” organised by the Federation of Argentina. The event will be followed by a street parade.

Meanwhile, the Palma Arena will open its doors on the 18th December at 5pm with demonstrations of folk dancing given by cultural associations of different countries.

Booths and marquees will be set up on either side of the cycle track and in the centre of the arena, trestle tables will be erected with samples of quality local produce for visitors to try. The following day, the fair will be open from 10am to midnight.

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