Pejorative word for attending "ribbon cutting ceremonies, ribbon cutting ceremonies, Association parties and fests" by a country's missions post abroad who are meant to be engaged in welfare of country's diaspora in a foreign country but instead do the above activities.

Example: The Ecuadorian embassy in Poland is hopeless and indifferent, they are most involved in ___________ (ribbon cutting ceremonies, Association parties and fests)


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Dog and pony show

This is explained in Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_and_pony_show

...a colloquial term which has come to mean a highly promoted, often over-staged performance, presentation, or event designed to sway or convince opinion for political, or less often, commercial ends. Typically, the term is used in a pejorative sense to connote disdain, jocular lack of appreciation, or distrust of the message being presented or the efforts undertaken to present it.

So for your example,

The Ecuadorian embassy in Poland is hopeless and indifferent, they are mostly involved in dog and pony shows.


pomp (Ceremony and splendid display, especially at a public event.) and pageantry; razzmatazz

ceremony, ceremoniousness, ceremonial, solemnity, ritual, display, spectacle, pageantry, pageant

show, showiness, ostentation, splendour, grandeur, grandness, magnificence, majesty, stateliness, glory, gloriousness, sumptuousness, opulence, lavishness, richness, brilliance, radiance, dazzle, theatricality, drama, flourish, glitter, style, éclat, resplendence, splendidness
informal pizzazz, razzle-dazzle, razzmatazz

src: ODOL

Emphasis of select entries mine, to suggest as possible options.

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    I like the 'pageantry' - it captures both the splendour of such official occasions, the vacuousness and the parade-like circumstances.
    – loonquawl
    Oct 9, 2018 at 9:46
  • Most of these synonyms are not answering the OP's question. A pejorative term was specifically requested.
    – JDM-GBG
    Oct 9, 2018 at 9:47
  • @JDM-GBG Most of these are used pretty pejoratively and have a scathing effect on the target when delivered with a tone of sarcasm.
    – Kris
    Oct 9, 2018 at 9:50
  • @Kris, yes, anything is a pejorative when said sarcastically. But more than half of these can be used just as readily in a sincere and laudatory way. And the OP also specifically requested a word specific to a public ceremony; these are much more general in their usage.
    – JDM-GBG
    Oct 9, 2018 at 9:52
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    @loonquawl Pomp and pageantry is a common enough idiomatic phrase, though some may argue that it is an incorrect form of "pomp and ceremony."
    – Kris
    Oct 9, 2018 at 10:00

The Ecuadorian embassy in Poland is hopeless and indifferent, they are most involved in window dressing.

window dressing
noun [ U ] (DECEIVING)

DISAPPROVING things that are of no real importance and are said or done in order to make an attractive effect:

How many of the candidate's policies are real intentions, and how many are just window dressing?https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/window-dressing

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    This would be a better fit if the embassy was putting out flashy but content-less press-briefs or somesuch
    – loonquawl
    Oct 9, 2018 at 9:42

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