The World of Montgomery Festival is held each year in October to celebrate the rich diversity of the DC Area through international music, food, dance, culturally authentic arts demos, and hands-on activities, and more. Join us next year on October 16, 2016 from noon to 4pm at Montgomery College Rockville.
The 8th annual family-friendly event will inspire multicultural appreciation and understanding by spotlighting the cultures of China, El Salvar, Ethiopia, and India, which are the four largest immigrant populations in Montgomery County. All four nations have established Sisters City relationships with the County.
KID Museum invites applications from cultural organizations to feature your home country and cultural traditions at the 2016 World of Montgomery Festival.
The World of Montgomery Festival is a free family festival that celebrates the diverse cultures of our region. The event is organized by Montgomery County, the Fund for Montgomery, KID Museum and Montgomery College.
A limited number of booths are available for cultural organizations interested in participating in this year’s festival. Organizations are invited to submit a proposal that details plans for an interactive exhibit that will be engaging to a family audience. Applications are due by August 22, 2016 and selected organizations will be notified by September 1, 2016.
Cultural organizations also are invited to participate in the festival Parade of Cultures that takes place as part of the event.
To apply tohost an exhibit representing a specific culture
The World of Montgomery Festival cultural exhibits are interactive, family-friendly experiences designed to provide an overview of your culture through exhibits of decor, artifacts, displays of daily life, traditional arts and craft demonstrations, tent performances, and hands-on experiences for children. A limited number of tents are available by application only. Please provide a thorough description of how you plan to represent your home country and cultural traditions, with detail about prior experience relevant to the festival. This year’s festival will focus on the theme of “home” and traditions for welcoming people. Please describe how you would integrate this theme in your proposal. Accepted organizations will receive a minimum of a 10’ x 10’ tent space and will be eligible for a small stipend to underwrite the costs of decor and activities. Applications are due by August 22, 2016 and selected organizations will be notified by September 1, 2016.
To submit a Country Tent application, visit https://countrytentapplication.eventbrite.com .
Montgomery County has become a majority minority community and one of the most culturally diverse in the nation. Today, one-third of its residents were not born in the United States. And, among the 156,000 students enrolled in its public schools, 138 distinct languages from 157 countries are spoken at home.
At the festival’s International Village, children and adults will experience these leading cultures by participating in a wide variety of hands-on activities, including traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremonies, dancing with a Chinese dragon, henna art painting, and craft-making. The scents of spices enveloped festival goers as they explored the Global Spice Market, watched international chefs prepare regional dishes in the Global Kitchen, and tried their own hand at making tortillas, rice balls and roti.
The two performance stages will spotlight dancers and musicians from across the world, including an Ethiopian drumming and dance group, Indian dancers performing a harvest celebration, and an El Salvadoran marching band.
The centerpiece of the day is the Parade of Cultures led by the feet pounding rhythms of traditional African drummers, Latin American dancers, and Asian performers in native dress who encircled the festival grounds. The parade ended at the main stage where government officials joined festival sponsors to reinforce the need for multicultural understanding to make Montgomery County the most welcoming community in the country.