Akiko Sensei Festival of Cultures

20th Anniversary
Saturday, April 28, 2018 – 5:00pm, Junior High School

Volunteers needed, sign-up here !  

The Festival of Cultures is co-hosted by the 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 amazing performances from around the world by our kids!

See beautiful photos from 2017 and  2016.

Schedule :      

  • Visit “Ambassador” Tables (5 – 7pm)
    • Look at local items and pictures on tables, talk to our “Ambassador” families
    • Kids can find scavenger hunt items and can do an activity at every table
  • Try new foods at the International Potluck (5 – 7pm)
    • Every visiting family brings a dish that is shared in the potluck
    • Local restaurants also donate food and drinks
  • Enjoy multi-cultural performances (7:15 – 8:30pm)
    • Kids from both schools and their friends bring amazing colorful group performances eg African, Chinese, Indian, Irish, Korean, Nepalese, Russian, Spanish dances and music, martial arts, sing along.

Entrance is $5 per person for the performances only, the rest of the event is free (don’t forget to bring your dish for the potluck).   Confidential financial assistance is available through the school principals and counselors.

20th Anniversary Drawing Contest

Draw, paint or sketch your favorite Festival of Cultures memory, or in general “Celebrating Cultural Diversity” on a letter size paper and submit to the office by April 23rd with your name, grade and teacher name.   All submitted artwork will be displayed in the cafeteria at the Festival and the winners (1 for each grade) will be called on stage ! More info here.

Volunteers:

Volunteers needed, sign-up here !  We need A LOT of volunteers to help with set-up, clean-up, etc. Jr High/HighSchool Students get community hours awarded.

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 for 6-8 people 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 and no soup-like dishes. Thank you.

Emcees:

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

Ambassadors:

Ambassador signups are in principle closed. Contact us at festivalofcultures@douglasschoolpto.org if you would like to still be an ambassador.   If you are interested in participating in 2019, please check out the detailed information.

Performers:

Thank you! We have had a great response to our request for performances for 2018 and are no longer able to accept signups!   If you are curious about performing for 2019, please take a look at the info page for performances.

African, Arabian and Sri-Lankan Dances:

Thank you !  The dance lessons have started, we’re looking forward to see their performance on stage at the Festival !

Recipes:

Enjoy the favorite international recipes from our ambassadors!

For more information about any of the above, please contact the Festival of Cultures coordinators at festivalofcultures@douglasschoolpto.org.  Carol Buysse DeSchepper is driving the event for Douglas this year, with the help of Katherine Huffman and Swetha Kapoor.  More volunteers to help organize always welcome !


History

In 1998, the Festival of Cultures was founded by Akiko Sensei to celebrate the Japanese program at Douglas. It was called Cultural Eve. 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 of Cultures, still organized by both schools, has grown so much that it needed to move to the Junior High to accommodate the families, typically 500+ people attend!

It’s a very colorful event, since not only the ambassadors and performers but also several visitors wear traditional clothing.  It’s amazing to see our kids being proud of their culture…  Kids love doing the activities and scavenger hunt, nowhere in town you find such an array of delicious food from all over the world and the performances are breathtaking…  Come join !

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