World Festival 2018 celebrates unity through diversity

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The Port Washington Public Library and Landmark on Main Street will celebrate Port Washington’s international community at the library’s World Festival on Sunday, April 15th from 1 to 6 p.m. Visitors of all ages can meet representatives from more than 35 countries and explore their cultural traditions in music, art, dress, foods, games and crafts. The festival will include performances of Bangladesh dance, Spanish Jazz, Korean drumming, Israeli music, youth performers, belly-dancing and much more.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Landmark on Main Street.

The library’s ongoing collaboration with Landmark helps provide space for more than 35 countries from around the world as well as additional performance space.

“The best part of the event is to see people from different parts of the world smiling and working together to make this a huge success,” said ESOP coordinator Peggy O’Hanlon.

Asia and the Americas will make the Library their home, while Europe, Australia, and Africa will be represented in Landmark’s gym. There will be more entertainment than ever before, with performances throughout the day on both sides of Main Street. One notable performer is jazz drummer Napoleon Revels-Bey, scheduled to appear at the Jeanne Rimsky Theater at Landmark.

This year guests will be able to explore the newly renovated Children’s Library, a beautiful bright space which will feature community agencies and the work that they do.

Children and their families are invited to spend the day going from country to country, getting their “passports” stamped so they can experience a taste of various cultures. Each country represented will include finger food from their country, a craft or activity and information about their country’s culture, language, and history.

Look for World Festival posters featuring many of our international volunteers in participating stores in Port Washington.

For more information, contact the PWPL ESOL department at 516-883-4400, ext. 147 or World Festival Coordinator Sonia Arora at sonia@meow.name.

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