8th International Children’s Festival

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September 21, 2016, San Jose, CA — Pacifica Institute organized the 8th International Children’s a Festival in California to celebrate the rich diversity of the cultures of the world. The event was held at the Discovery Meadow Park and attended by many families and members of the Turkish and Turkic communities. There also included dances from Sudan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

Parents children enjoyed cultural desserts, handmade parties, manti dumplings and famous traditional foods — entertainers performed folk dances. There were also calligraphy demonstrations, paintings highlighting Chinese culture

There were clothing displays and traditional items housewares from Eurasian countries and henna tattoo stands. The volunteers, who were mostly youth and children, also had a chance to interact with the diverse communities.

The festival was sponsored by the Pacifica Institute, a nonprofit established by Turkish-Americans to bring together communities, promote cooperation, cultural engagement and hold interfaith conversations.

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