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International children’s festival bridges cultures
by Tribune Staff
Apr 20, 2012 | 1118 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print


RENO­ — Coral Academy students will have an opportunity to taste the local food of Germany, see the Korean Shinee pop dance and will be thrilled with seeing Native American dancing from 6 to 8 p.m. today as 23 countries and cultures will be represented at the third International Children’s Festival. Each country will have a booth and it will have stage performances with singing and dancing.

“It is great to learn about other cultures,” said Arlene Santiago, the president of the National Junior Honor Society.

“I like to participate in this festival; it gives me first-hand information,” added Arjun Khosla, whose family is going to manage a booth representing India and who will sing in Hindi. Jana Andrion, another volunteer and performer for the festival, has been working for weeks on a Korean Pop dance.

Ozlem Idil, the Turkish Club supervisor and the co-organizer for the festival said, “I am happy to see all cultures performing in harmony. This is what makes America.”

The festival will begin with the national anthem of the United States, sung by Danielle Mudd of Nevada Opera Youth Choir, and will continue with the performances of more than 15 countries.

“We had 12 countries at the festival last year, and we doubled the cultures this year and we are planning to add even more countries to our festival next year,” said Zack Ocel, the advisor for NJHS and co-organizer of the festival.

The Coral Academy Elementary Campus is located at 1071 Valley Road in Reno.

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