Argentine first lady to host G20 partner’s program, with participation of Chinese, US first ladies

Argentine First Lady Juliana Awada is to host a special Partners’ Programme to promote Latin American culture on the margins of the G20 Leader’s Summit in Buenos Aires. Head portraits of Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan and the US First Lady Melania Trump are printed on the program’s publicity brochure. Although both Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump arrived in Buenos Aires in the evening of November 29 local time, the time of the much-anticipated Xi-Trump meeting has not yet been released.

The G20 summit will be kicked off at the Costa Salguero Center at 10:30 am on November 30 local time. The leaders will first take a “family portrait” at the welcome ceremony and after Argentine President Mauricio Macri delivers his keynote speech, participants will proceed to the formal agenda.

Awada’s partner’s program will organize all spouses of G20 leaders to visit Villa Occampo, a historic holiday house which used to be home to multiple cultural celebrities like the writer Jorge Luis Borges, musician Igor Stravinsky and novelist Albert Camus. The partners of G20 leaders will be welcomed by Awada there and will enjoy a traditional Argentine lunch before a tour.

After leaders’ formal agenda is finished on November 30, they will meet their partners at the Colón Theatre. Built in 1904, and being one of the most prestigious and resplendent theaters in the world, Colón Theatre is to stage a cultural performance featuring 100 artists and 80 musicians. Then, all of the participants would have dinner together in the architecture’s Golden Room.

On December 1, the spouses of G20 leaders would visit the Buenos Aires Museum of Latin American Art, where the First Lady Juliana Awada would present a new initiative combining art and early childhood support. Multiple Argentine artists would join the activity and leaders’ partners get to DIY furniture for an early childhood education center.

Awada earlier said she hoped that the program could leave valuable “legacy” to boost the development of art and early childhood enterprises in Argentina, areas in which she had long been focusing.  

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