Enjoy entertainment, food, crafts and souvenirs, vendors, raffles, and our language corner! Share pride in your heritage and learn about other cultures.
Toledo Sister Cities - International Festival
Preparations are underway for our April 13, 2019 International Festival, which will take place again at the SeaGate Centre in downtown Toledo. This will be our 10th annual festival. Performing groups (vocal, instrumental & dance) represent not only the 10 countries of our sister cities (Spain, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Tanzania, Lebanon, Pakistan, India, China & Japan), but also many of the other ethnic communities of the Toledo area. We also offer a variety of food from at least 4 different countries. These countries vary from year to year so that all groups have the opportunity to be represented. We offer a Language Corner where every half hour a little bit of a different language is taught.
New this year will be a Naturalization Ceremony starting at 11:00 am, in which people from around the world will join our country as citizens. We will also host an International Forum, in which short presentations will be followed by a question and answer period. The festival will cover the gamut from music and dance to kids’ activities, and from delicious food to conversation.
We welcome volunteer help not only on the day of the Festival, but also on the committees preparing for the Festival. Besides helping out on the day of the Festival, we could use volunteers preparing the program booklet, making sure the venue has all the equipment we need, inviting the performing groups to participate, inviting people to teach other languages and teaching the languages, recruiting other volunteers and creating their schedules, inviting craft vendors to sell their wares, lining up the food vendors, making the decorations, soliciting businesses & individuals for ads and donations, collecting and organizing the raffle items & 50/50 raffle tickets, ordering & distributing tickets to be sold, contacting other organizations that have interests of an international or diversity sort to have an exhibit table and helping with the publicity and marketing. Join us and enjoy getting to know and work with a wide variety of people. For more information or questions, contact International Festival director Rogene Kohler at firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Over eight hours of music, dance and martial arts!
- Ethnic food and crafts!
- A celebration of people and diverse cultures!
- Beer, wine, coffee, water, and soft drinks are available for purchase.
- Every half hour there’s an opportunity to learn a little bit of a different language
- A Naturalization Ceremony to welcome America’s newest citizens
- An International Forum on a variety of subjects, with short presentations and a question/answer period