Culture & Press news Embassy 6 March 2008
Swiss on a roll
This was a diplomatic reception with a difference a garage rave in the subterranean carpark of the Swiss Ambassador’s residence with footballers, street dancing, Hip Hop and some of the most sought-after graffiti art in Britain as a backdrop not to mention Ambassador Alexis Lautenberg’s siren-red trousers.
The occasion? The launch of Your Game 2008, a social inclusion project run by the BBC and the Football Foundation.
The scheme involves youngsters from deprived communities who participate in a festival of football around Britain at the end of which, the Your Game All Stars young people who have made an exceptional contribution to their communities will be invited to the Euro 2008 football championships held in Switzerland and Austria.
Guests included huggable hoodies and a few “suits”, such as Arsenal football star Philippe Senderos, BBC chairman Sir Michael Lyons and Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell. All were thrilled by Residence’s hidden treasure: the garage walls are covered in graffiti, including works by the highly prized and elusive Banksy.
Philippe Senderos and Ambassador Lautenberg in front of a work by Banksy
To see more photos of this event please go to Court Circuit and click on Switzerland Your Game 2008 Embassy 6, March 2008