The International Children’s Friendship Festival is organized by a non-profit organization, ‘Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington’ every year in Seattle.
The prime focus of the organization is to help children of every community overcome their differences and peacefully live together. So if you are planning to visit Seattle shortly, book your tickets and be a part of this annual cultural festival.
The International Children’s Friendship Festival was started by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the organization, who believed that the future and existence of a nation was only possible by investing in its children. To emphasize his belief, he declared April 23rd as Children’s Day which is also the National Sovereignty Day of Turkey.
The festival promotes cultural exchange and friendship among children around the world. It features performances highlighting the ethnic heritage of the participants. Solo singing and group singing, ballet and folk dances are performed by children to spread the message of unity in diversity. Moreover, the youth and children celebrate their friendship by sharing cultural practices.
Being a part of the International Children’s Friendship Festival is a fantastic experience for volunteers as well as participants. Children aged 6 to 12 can participate in stage performances and children older than 13 can join as volunteers. It also has a specific area for cultural exhibits, which lets people display their talent in arts and crafts. The participants are selected on first come first serve basis.
You can also support this grand event either by donating or offering sponsorship. A small donation or sponsorship goes a long way in helping this great cultural event promote awareness amidst various ethnic groups in Washington. Volunteers can help in setting up the stage or offer backstage assistance to performers.
When and Where
This year, you can attend the festival at Seattle Center in Washington from April 16th to 17th, between 11:00 am to 05:00 pm. The admission to the event is free for the public. For any further enquiry you can check out its official website or contact the department of TACAWA by filling up a simple form.