OVERVIEW

International Children’s Festival unites world cultures in the Bay Area through food, fun and dance. Join us and explore a variety of cultures from your neighborhood!

FESTIVAL

activities

ART CONTEST

Imagine you have superpowers! What would you do to make the world a better place? How would you fix the problems facing humanity? The world needs your dream power.

The art contest is for elementary, middle, and high school students in the  Bay Area. The goal of the contest is to increase awareness of social, economic, and environmental problems that our planet is facing such as poverty, homelessness and so forth. 

The contest is open to all, public, private, charter, alternative and home-schooled students currently enrolled in grades 4-12.

The artwork will be evaluated in three age categories:

  • 1st category:
    grades 4, 5, 6
  • 2nd category:
    grades 7, 8, 9
  • 3rd category:
    grades 10,11,12

GALLERY

the past year

Event images from the past year

Main Sponsors

ABOUT US

Imagine you have superpowers! What would
you do to make the world a better place? How
would you fix the problems facing humanity?
The world needs your dream power.

International Children’s Festival has been organized as a flagship event with the goal of bringing children together from different world cultures and communities in the Bay Area. More than 5000 people attended the festival that includes traditional dances, performances, arts and crafts, children’s activities and food. We are proud to say the International Children’s Festival has been celebrated for seven years now.

The main organizers of the festival are Pacifica Institute, BayCC, and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. The last festival was held outdoors at the Discovery Meadow Park. 22 different groups and ethnicities performed their folk dances with authentic clothing and native songs. Some of the participating cultures were Chinese, Hawaiian, Indian, Mexican, Turkish, and Burmese. While enjoying traditional dances, visitors had the opportunity to taste homemade authentic dishes and desserts from around the world. In addition to dance performances, children enjoyed a circus, magic show, pony rides, balloon twisters, face painting and much more.

This year’s festival will be held on September 24th, 2016 in Discovery Meadow – 180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110. Located next to the Children’s Discovery Museum, the park offers lush grassy area for all children to play. We will again have a food court to serve international delicacies. More importantly, since we believe in giving back to the community, the food sale profits will be donated to reputable charities such as Embrace Relief, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Second Harvest Food Bank.We kindly request your participation in this festival, which serves to enhance friendship and dialog among diverse communities in the Bay Area, and also serves as a means to build bridges between them.

ICF Committee’s Mission Statement

The Bay Area is a microcosm of the national melting pot, a place where people of different ethnicities make up more than half of the population. The region possesses a rich history, culture and amazing diversity. Each culture brings something different to the mix, and takes from it their own experience. Increasing familiarity with the differences can alter perspectives, facilitate acceptance, and diminish the misconceptions and prejudices that fuel discrimination. Bringing these cultures into dialogue with each other advances a conversation about our home, and fosters a just and equitable society.

To serve that purpose, International Children’s Festival Committee has been organizing the festival as a flagship event since 2006. The festival includes traditional dances, performances, cultural exhibits, arts and crafts, children’s activities and food. It is a forum here families from different world cultures and communities in the Bay Area can meet. They get to know each other while retaining pride in their own identity. We always welcome other cultures and organizations to join us in these efforts.

 

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Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, 180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA, 95110

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International Children’s Festival has been organized as a flagship event with the goal of bringing children together from different world cultures and communities in the Bay Area. More than 5000 people attended the festival that includes traditional dances, performances, arts and crafts, children’s activities and food. We are proud to say the International Children’s Festival has been celebrated for seven years now.

The main organizers of the festival are Pacifica Institute, BayCC, and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. The last festival was held outdoors at the Discovery Meadow Park. 22 different groups and ethnicities performed their folk dances with authentic clothing and native songs. Some of the participating cultures were Chinese, Hawaiian, Indian, Mexican, Turkish, and Burmese. While enjoying traditional dances, visitors had the opportunity to taste homemade authentic dishes and desserts from around the world. In addition to dance performances, children enjoyed a circus, magic show, pony rides, balloon twisters, face painting and much more.

This year’s festival will be held on September 24th, 2016 in Discovery Meadow – 180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110. Located next to the Children’s Discovery Museum, the park offers lush grassy area for all children to play. We will again have a food court to serve international delicacies. More importantly, since we believe in giving back to the community, the food sale profits will be donated to reputable charities such as Embrace Relief, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Second Harvest Food Bank.We kindly request your participation in this festival, which serves to enhance friendship and dialog among diverse communities in the Bay Area, and also serves as a means to build bridges between them.

ICF Committee’s Mission Statement

The Bay Area is a microcosm of the national melting pot, a place where people of different ethnicities make up more than half of the population. The region possesses a rich history, culture and amazing diversity. Each culture brings something different to the mix, and takes from it their own experience. Increasing familiarity with the differences can alter perspectives, facilitate acceptance, and diminish the misconceptions and prejudices that fuel discrimination. Bringing these cultures into dialogue with each other advances a conversation about our home, and fosters a just and equitable society.

To serve that purpose, International Children’s Festival Committee has been organizing the festival as a flagship event since 2006. The festival includes traditional dances, performances, cultural exhibits, arts and crafts, children’s activities and food. It is a forum here families from different world cultures and communities in the Bay Area can meet. They get to know each other while retaining pride in their own identity. We always welcome other cultures and organizations to join us in these efforts.

 

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Upon request, we have extended the deadline to Sep 18th, please submit your work by then

1t Annual Statewide Artwork Contest Theme:

ICF Art Contest ’16 is a visual arts competition for elementary, middle and high school students in the state of California. Students participate by entering one (1) artwork which is designed around the theme: If you had SUPERPOWERS, how would you make a better world?

Entries will be displayed on the website, Gala Event at  Discovery Meadow.

What are the guidelines for submission?

Submissions can be made on a paper of minimum 12” x 16” or maximum 16” X 20” size. In the case of canvas paintings, the edges must be finished appropriately for gallery display. 

Contest Rules:

  1. Send your original drawing or painting (size: min 12×16 inch or max 16×20 inch)
  2. You may use crayons, paints, pencils, charcoal, and pastels.
  3. Artwork must be hand done; computer graphics are not allowed.
  4. All entries will be judged on creativity, originality, form and color, and clarity of contest theme.
  5. The entry form below should be mailed along with the artwork to the following address: 1257 Tasman Dr.Unit B Sunnyvale, CA 94089 If a donation is sent, it should be made payable to “Bay Area Cultural Connections(BayCC)” and included in the same package.
  6. All entries will become property of ICF Arts Application, which retains the right to use on its website and publish the artwork. Entries will not be returned.
  7. Deadline for submission is September 18th, 2016

 

For questions: Please contact (480) 674-6840 and info@childrensfest.org

ıCF Arts Application

 

In the event an insufficient number of entries are received, Sponsor reserves the right to cancel the Contest and shall be under no obligation to award the Contest prize.

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Sponsorship

If you would like to be a sponsor of the 9th ICF request a sponsorship documents, please fill the form & amp; we will contact you regarding your request.

 

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Contact Form

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Food Vendor

To rent a both space as a food vendor at the 9th ICF, please fill the form & we will contact you regarding your request.

 

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Participate

If you would to participate with a cultural dance at the 9th ICF, please fill the form & we will contact you regarding your request.

 

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Booth Rental

If you would like to rent a booth space at the 9th ICF, please fill the form & we will contact you regarding your request.

 

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Sign Up Form

Please fill the form below to enter the raffle at the festival for surprize gifts and free rides.

 

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