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Liverpool European Festival Celebrates European Unity and Community

MERSEYSIDE Polonia, in collaboration with European organisations and communities across the Liverpool City Region, have proudly launched the Liverpool European Festival.

The inaugural event, hosted at the Murphy's Gin Distillery, marked this significant moment in celebrating European unity and cultural diversity within the vibrant City of Liverpool.

The festival activities in May brought the City's diverse communities together in celebration at Mary Seacole House for the:- "Black Europeans" event and was packed with activities such as a German:- "Stammtisch," the History Ride through:- "Little Italy" and a series of European Film Screenings.

All across June, the Liverpool European Festival will provide a dynamic platform for European organisations and communities residing in the Liverpool City Region to showcase their rich heritage, traditions, and contributions to the local tapestry.

With a packed programme of community driven events, including:- the Dante Garden Party, the German Summer Fest and Merseyside Polonia's Birthday Party, the festival seeks to foster greater understanding, collaboration, and appreciation among residents and visitors alike.

Cosi Doerfel Hill, organiser of Global Liverpool, commented:- "It's important to showcase the diversity of our many European communities so that we can see and enjoy their brilliance!."

Notably, this year's festival holds special significance as it coincides with the 20th anniversary of Poland's accession to the European Union. In recognition of this milestone, the event received support from the Polish Consulate General in Manchester and the EU Delegation from London, further emphasising the importance of cross cultural dialogue and cooperation.

Dagmara Wojciechowicz Manager of Merseyside Polonia remarked:- "We are thrilled to inaugurate the Liverpool European Festival, a testament to the diverse and inclusive spirit of our City, This festival serves as a vibrant celebration of our shared European heritage and the invaluable contributions of European communities to Liverpool's cultural landscape."

The Liverpool European Festival boasts an event schedule of community driven cultural festivities, workshops, and culinary delights, promising something for everyone to enjoy. With a line up of events curated to highlight the richness and diversity of European cultures, attendees can expect an immersive experience that transcends borders and fosters meaningful connections.

For further information on upcoming events and to stay updated on the Liverpool European Festival, please visit the festival's social media channels.

Brits, Beware: New Crackdown on Customs for Cigarettes and Alcohol

"FINES can reach over £20,000 if you are not mindful of customs rules," shares Keira Rigby, Travel Expert at My Hotel Break. This is a wake up call for many Brits travelling back from Europe. Stowing away that extra bottle of wine or an extra pack of smokes isn't just casual fun; it could cost you dearly...
  • The Restrictions You Need to Know... The rules regarding cigarettes and alcohol when coming back from Europe have tightened. It's crucial to stay informed if you don't want to face hefty fines.
  • Cigarettes... You're allowed to bring back:- 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco.
  • Alcohol... You can carry back:- 4 litres of still wine, 16 litres of beer, 1 litre of spirits over 22% alcohol or 2 litres of fortified wine, sparkling wine, or other alcoholic beverages less than 22%.
  • The Fines... No Pocket Change.
  • Slap on the wrist? Think again. Customs Officials will hit you hard if they catch more items than you are allowed. The fines can skyrocket. Imagine a casual return from Paris, and bam! You're hit with a £1000 penalty for those extra bottles.
  • Repeat offenders? Brace yourself for fines exceeding £20,000. That's not just money; that's a new car or multiple vacations down the drain.
  • Know Before You Go... Be clear about what you can bring and what you can't.
  • Declare Honestly... If you have extra items, declare them. It might save you a fine or at least lessen the penalty.
  • Pack Smartly... Prioritise what you really want to bring back and leave enough space for souvenirs within allowed limits.
  • Keep Receipts... Helps prove the quantity you purchased.

Keira Rigby from My Hotel Break says:- "The fines are real, and they hurt, understanding and respecting customs laws helps ensure your holidays remain memorable for the right reasons. Next time you pack that extra bottle or carton, remember it's not just about what you want to bring home, but what's allowed."
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