Festival of Nations
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Our readers are invited to join us in an event that will celebrate world cultures and feature exotic foods and entertainment.

This event, which is called the “Farmers Market,” is being sponsored by the City of Warren in cooperation with the Multicultural Council of America (MCA). MCA is a non-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to promote world cultures, education and health care.

Since 2001, MCA has added color to the “Festival of Nations” as well as the Farmers Market.

The venue of the event will be the Warren City Hall located on Van Dyke Avenue between 12 and 13 Mile Roads.

It will be held every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting on May 6. It will end on October 28, 2012.

The Festival of Nations is being organized by MCA.

Ethno-cultural group interested to join the celebration in one of the 26 Sundays are asked to complete participation forms which are available at the MCA office.

The participating groups are encouraged to disseminate information about their heritage and educate the visitors about their language, music and culture. They may distribute flyers about their organizations, homeland and cultures.

They may also dress up in their native attires and give to guests free snacks and souvenirs. The sale of food, though, is prohibited.

There are terms and conditions that the participating groups will have to agree on. They will be given copies of the rules and regulations formulated by the City of Warren, Health Department and other offices responsible for supervising the event.

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For inquiries, interested groups are asked to call 586-573-7300 or 248-822-6000 or email at [email protected]

Around the world

in one day

An event called “Around the World in a Day” was held at the Blackwell Institute on April 25, 2012. This special event gave the students an opportunity to be immersed in the cultures of different countries. Some 40 guest speakers and performers visited each classroom and spoke to the students about their ethnic background, culture and traditions.

Several performers were hand to demonstrate dances and play ethnic instruments. The guests also led discussions on race relations and the importance of cultural diversity in the workplace and the community.

The guests included Asian community leaders, representatives of big companies such as DTE Energy, GM Motors Company, AT&T and State Farm. The speakers were from, among others, Michigan Roundtable, New Detroit-The Coalition, Consulate of Japan, Doubletree Hotel, Philippine American Community Center of Michigan, Filipino American Community Council, National Federation of Filipino-American Associations-Michigan, Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission, Detroit Free Press and Arab-American Museum.

The performers represented Okinawa (Japan), Thailand and China.

Ethnic lunch dishes were provided for the guests and staff of Blackwell by the following:

Ryan Rosario of State Farm, Ellen Dioso, Boots Gabarda, Betsy Henry, NaFFAA Michigan, NANAY Inc. and Resty Teodoro.

This writer served as the multicultural coordinator of the Blackwell Institute.