Festival of Cultures

Event Date: 
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 5:00pm

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)

Ambassadors: 
Have you lived in another country, or want to share more about the USA?   Would you like to share your knowledge about a different culture, a culture that you love, or that your family or ancestors are from?  Please consider being an Ambassador!   Check out the detailed information and sign up here (ideally before end of January). 

This year’s optional theme is “The Arts” (in the broad sense, including music and musical instruments, movies etc).   Bring some items and information to your table, wear traditional clothing if applicable and involve your kids to share our wonderful diversity!

Performers:
Do you have a talent or tradition from your country (incl. USA) that you would like to share on stage? A Dance, Music, a Skit, or eg martial arts performance?   See the info page.    Sign up to perform here.
 
Tri-folds:
Are you in grades 4-6 and interested in creating a tri-fold for your country, or sharing a tri-fold you might have made for a project previous years? Check out the detailed information and sign up here

Emcees:
Attention Douglas and Conant 6th graders : Sign-up now (latest by Tuesday January 17)  to audition as Emcee - Introducing all the performances on the Jr High stage!   Check out the detailed information  and sign up here.

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.

Recipes:

Enjoy the favorite international recipes from our ambassadors.

Volunteers needed: We need A LOT of volunteers to help with set up, clean up, etc. Please consider helping so we can all enjoy this great evening! Jr High/Highschool Students get community hours awarded.   Sign-up here to be alerted when Volunteerspot is available.  You can use the same form or contact us if you’re interested helping with 1 or more tasks to organize the event.

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: Lion Parade and Japanese Songs, Tibetan Dance, India Folk Dance, Chinese Chorus, Russian Dance, Irish Step Dance, Filipino Instrumental, Korean Dance, and the sing-along with Dr. Whitbeck and Mr. Broggi. The quality of performances is pretty amazing - all done by Conant and Douglas students and their friends!