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On Sunday, May 6th, thousands of Washington families enjoyed the International Children’s Festival. This was the 6th consecutive year that the Meridian International Center has organized the International Children’s Festival, but the first time it was held at the spacious Ronald Reagan Building. The Festival is a highlight of Meridian’s educational outreach programming, known as the LiveLocal/ThinkGlobal Network.

It was a fun filled day for all as twenty-two embassies organized interactive booths. The clever theme worked around Festival passports for the children to travel from booth to booth to get stamped, sampling international cuisine, making traditional crafts, and learning about the diverse cultures, geography, and attire of countries around the world. Thirteen international performance groups regaled the crowds with dance, music, and comedic acts. Many groups delighted children and their families by inviting them on stage for interactive lessons.

The Festival was opened by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Representative for Washington, DC to the U.S. House of Representatives, who served as the Festival’s Honorary Patron; and by Angie Goff, NBC4 Weekend News Anchor, who was the Mistress of Ceremonies. They welcomed the crowd with their enthusiastic support for the mission of starting education on global affairs at an early age.

The LiveLocal/ThinkGlobal Network, brings Meridian International Center’s rich international resources to this community so that everyone — from young students to senior citizens — can learn about cultures, traditions, ideas, and societies from around the world. Through Meridian’s long-standing ties with the diplomatic community, the U.S. Department of State, and international organizations, LL/TG’s programs encourage all community members to learn about global issues and how to participate as a global citizen.

Photo 1 (Top): Group fun! Julia, Tommy & Isabella Greene. Photo by Anh Ninh.

 Holmes Norton Meridian Children 2012

Photo 2: Festival kick-off by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Representative for Washington, DC to the U.S. House of Representatives, who served as the Festival’s Honorary Patron. Photo by Armando Gallardo.




Goff Kick off Meridian 2012

 


Photo 3: "Get ready for the great performances," announces Angie Goff, NBC4 Weekend News Anchor, who was the Mistress of Ceremonies. Photo by Armando Gallardo.




Performance 2



Photo 4: Steel band performance. Photo by Armando Gallardo.

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Passport to the World: Meridian’s 6th Annual International Children’s Festival

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May 16, 2012

On Sunday, May 6th, thousands of Washington families enjoyed the International Children’s Festival. This was the 6th consecutive year that the Meridian International Center has organized the International Children’s Festival, but the first time it was held at the spacious Ronald Reagan Building. The Festival is a highlight of Meridian’s educational outreach programming, known as the LiveLocal/ThinkGlobal Network.

It was a fun filled day for all as twenty-two embassies organized interactive booths. The clever theme worked around Festival passports for the children to travel from booth to booth to get stamped, sampling international cuisine, making traditional crafts, and learning about the diverse cultures, geography, and attire of countries around the world. Thirteen international performance groups regaled the crowds with dance, music, and comedic acts. Many groups delighted children and their families by inviting them on stage for interactive lessons.

The Festival was opened by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Representative for Washington, DC to the U.S. House of Representatives, who served as the Festival’s Honorary Patron; and by Angie Goff, NBC4 Weekend News Anchor, who was the Mistress of Ceremonies. They welcomed the crowd with their enthusiastic support for the mission of starting education on global affairs at an early age.

The LiveLocal/ThinkGlobal Network, brings Meridian International Center’s rich international resources to this community so that everyone — from young students to senior citizens — can learn about cultures, traditions, ideas, and societies from around the world. Through Meridian’s long-standing ties with the diplomatic community, the U.S. Department of State, and international organizations, LL/TG’s programs encourage all community members to learn about global issues and how to participate as a global citizen.

Photo 1 (Top): Group fun! Julia, Tommy & Isabella Greene. Photo by Anh Ninh.

 Holmes Norton Meridian Children 2012

Photo 2: Festival kick-off by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Representative for Washington, DC to the U.S. House of Representatives, who served as the Festival’s Honorary Patron. Photo by Armando Gallardo.




Goff Kick off Meridian 2012

 


Photo 3: "Get ready for the great performances," announces Angie Goff, NBC4 Weekend News Anchor, who was the Mistress of Ceremonies. Photo by Armando Gallardo.




Performance 2



Photo 4: Steel band performance. Photo by Armando Gallardo.

The views presented in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of any other organization.