Festival of Cultures

Event Date: 
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 5:00pm

Volunteers needed!  

(Note: the following text is from last year's event - it will be updated soon!)

The Festival of Cultures is co-hosted by Conant and Douglas Schools to celebrate our rich cultural diversity. Join us for an evening of international community building by "traveling" to various countries at the Ambassador Tables, sampling international cuisine at our potluck, and enjoying a multicultural performance from around the world!

See beautiful photos from last year.

Schedule :      

  • Visit Ambassador Tables (5-7pm)
  • Try new foods at the International Potluck (5:30 - 6:30 pm)
  • Enjoy a multi-cultural performance (7:15-8:30pm)

Ambassador tables and international potluck are free.   To defray part of the costs of running the event, a wristband is needed to enter the auditorium for the multi-cultural performance. Wristbands cost 5$ per person and are for sale at the entrance of the Festival.  We often sell-out by 7pm (auditorium has a maximum capacity of 500 people) so come early!

Volunteers needed: 

We need A LOT of volunteers to help with set up, serving food, doing registration, clean up, etc. Please consider helping so we can all enjoy this great evening! Jr High/Highschool Students get community hours awarded.   Sign-up at SignupGenius (no account necessary).

International potluck:

What better way to celebrate our rich and diverse ethnicity than by enjoying cuisines from all over the world? Feast on mouth-watering international dishes contributed by attending families. Bring a dish that your family will enjoy! Please follow these guidelines to help us host a successful Potluck,  use disposable containers and attach the guidelines form so that we can be sure to serve your entrée as you intend. Please do NOT use citrus in your dish. Thank you.

You can find the text and video of the song at the bottom of Mr Broggi’s webpage at https://sites.google.com/a/abschools.org/mr-broggi-s-music/kindergarten 

If your child from Douglas K-2 wishes to participate, he/she should go backstage (hallway next to the auditorium) at the Jr High School on Saturday, April 8th by 7 p.m, and pick them up again in the lobby after their performance (around 7:25pm).

Recipes:

Enjoy the favorite international recipes from our ambassadors.

Ambassadors: 

Thank you! We have had a great response to our request for Ambassadors for 2017 and signups are closed. If you are interested in participating in 2018, please check out the detailed information.

Performers:

Thank you! We have had a great response to our request for performances for 2017 and are no longer able to accept signups!   If you are curious about performing for 2018, please take a look at the info page for performances.

Tri-folds:

We are no longer able to accept signups for tri-folds, but if you will be in grades 4-6 next year and interested in sharing a tri-fold you have about a country or interested to create one to be displayed at the Festival of Cultures next year, check out the detailed information .

Emcees:

Emcees have been selected for this year’s Festival of Cultures.  If you will be in 6th grade next year detailed information  page.

For more information about any of the above, please contact the Festival of Cultures coordinators at festivalofcultures@douglasschoolpto.org


History

In 1998, the Festival of Cultures began. It was called Cultural Eve, and it was created to celebrate the Japanese program at Douglas. A couple of years later it became a joint event between Conant and Douglas schools held in either of the school's cafeterias. Since then, the festival, still organized by both schools, has grown and grown so much so that it has had to move to the Junior High to accommodate the families, typically 500+ people attend! There is a lot to do at the event. For the first half of the evening, families mill around, visiting tables that "ambassadors" have set up. The ambassadors are families from either school who have some connection to a country from around the world. The tables typically have items of clothing, books, music, photographs, artwork, and games. Children (and adults) are encouraged to participate in an activity at each station. Some years, for instance, we have had henna drawing, calligraphy lessons, learning how to wear a sari, and potato stamping to name a few.

At the same time the ambassadors are sharing their cultures, there is a potluck international dinner going on in the cafe. Each family who attends the event brings a dish that feeds 6-8 people--please bring a dish in a disposable aluminum foil container. Local restaurants also donate meals and drinks. This is a great opportunity to try new foods! Finally, at around 7pm, families are invited into the junior high auditorium to watch the performances. The performances spotlight music and dance from around the world. The quality of performances is pretty amazing - all done by Conant and Douglas students and their friends!