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.