Welcome to our World Festival 2020 information page! WORLD FESTIVAL 2020 POSTPONED The Board of the Rochester International Association has decided to postpone its World Festival, scheduled to take place on April 18, until a date in September 2020, to be confirmed.In light of the concerns around the Coronavirus and taking into consideration the health […] Read more – ‘World Festival 2020’.
The World Festival 2019 will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Mayo High School from 10 AM to 3 PM. As in recent years, all activities will take place in the foyer, gymnasium and cafeteria areas of Mayo High School. General Admission is FREE! If you would like to participate in World Festival […] Read more – ‘World Festival 2019’.
Mayor Ardell Brede and the Mayor’s International Affairs Committee with the Rochester International Association cordially invite you to their annual 2018 International Summer Picnic. When: Sunday, July 15, 2018, 4:00 to 7:00 PM Where: at the shelter in silver lake park next to the fire station (7 th St. NE). We have a roof – […] Read more – ‘International Summer Picnic (July 15, 2018)’.
World Festival Poster 2018 PDF World Festival 2018 will take place at Mayo High School, on Saturday 28th April from 10 am to 4 pm. The festival will feature all the activities, that you have come to expect from World Festival (Cultural Displays, Global Marketplace, Ethnic Food, Children’s activities, dance, song and music performances, and […] Read more – ‘World Festival 2018’.
UPDATE: Due to unfortunate circumstances, the RIA Thanksgiving Event, due to take place on Thursday 23rd November at 11.30 am, has been cancelled. We hope to be back with the event next year. The Rochester International Association and the Mayor’s International Affairs Committee cordially invite all international residents and visitors and their families to: A […] Read more – ‘Thanksgiving Dinner 2017 (cancelled)’.
If you would like to help the Rochester International Association raise funds AND get great discounts at Herbergers, then please go to the link below and buy your Herberger’s Community Day booklet. Each booklet is $5 and contains $200 worth of discounts. All booklet sales go to the Rochester International Association, to help us continue […] Read more – ‘Community Days 2017’.
The Festival of Lights Cultural Program When: SATURDAY, November 18th Where: Century High School Auditorium, Rochester, MN All are Welcome! 5:00 – 5:30 PM: Social Hour 5:30 – 9:30 PM: Cultural Program 7:00 – 8:00 PM: Dinner Prices Adults: $20 ($5 more at the door) Child (4-12yr) & Sr. Citizen: $16 ($4 more at the […] Read more – ‘Diwali Celebration 2017’.
Mayor Ardell Brede and the Mayor’s International Affairs Committee with the Rochester International Association cordially invite you to their annual international summer picnic. When: Sunday, July 23 at 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM Where: shelter in Silver lake park next to the fire station (7th St. NE) Meet interesting people like yourself from around the […] Read more – ‘International Summer Picnic (July 23, 2017)’.
World Festival 2017 poster has landed. Thanks to our Board member Carlos Garcia for putting it together. Please feel free to download and share the poster and the information about World Festival. Not long to go!! Read more – ‘World Festival 2017 Poster’.
The 42nd World Festival planning is underway. When: Saturday, April 29th, 10 am – 4 pm* Where: Mayo High School * World Festival will take place over one day! While there will be no Friday night event, there will be performances in the auditorium and gymnasium areas throughout Saturday’s festival. There will be a $10 admission […] Read more – ‘World Festival 2017 Planning’.
The Rochester International Association has a long and valued history of welcoming, promoting and celebrating the ethnically diverse population that contributes to life in Rochester. Our Board represents communities from Mexico, Europe, India, Pakistan, Africa, Philippines, China and America, including our first Native American board member. The current Board comprises eight females and six males. […] Read more – ‘Post Election Statement’.
The Rochester International Association and the Mayor’s International Affairs Committee Cordially invite all international residents and visitors and their families to: A TRADITIONAL AMERICAN THANKSGIVING DINNER When: Thanksgiving Day- Thursday, November 24, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm Where: At Calvary Evangelical Free Church, 5500 25th Ave NW – Rochester, MN 55901 (take the 55th St […] Read more – ‘RIA Thanksgiving Dinner 2016’.
Mayor Brede, The Mayor’s International Committee and the Rochester International Association will host their Annual Summer Picnic at Silver Lake on Sunday July 17th, between 4.30 and 7 pm! The event will be held in the Pavilion next to the Fire Station, on West Silver Lake Dr NE. Join us in meeting our international community, […] Read more – ‘Summer Picnic’.
HumanFilmSeries_poster_RPL&RIA The Rochester International Association and the Rochester Public Library are partners in bringing the the documentary series HUMAN to Rochester. Director Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a photographer and renowned specialist in aerial imagery, who has been documenting the human experience for over 40 years. HUMAN is a collection of stories about and images of our […] Read more – ‘Human – The Movie Series’.
The Rochester International Association and the Mayor’s International Committee cordially invite our International residents, visitors, guests and their families to a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner. This year we have a new caterer and a new venue!! For many years Fred Regal, of Regal Catering here in Rochester, kindly donated the food and staff for our […] Read more – ‘Annual Thanksgiving Dinner 2015 – Thursday 26th November’.
Rochester International Association’s World Festival 2016. Dates and venue are now confirmed for the 41st Annual World Festival, hosted by Rochester International Association. The dates for your diary are Friday 29th April 2016, for our colorful and exuberant stage show, and Saturday 30th April 2016 for our cultural and non-profit organization displays, children’s activities, stage […] Read more – ‘RIA World Festival 2016’.
Hello friends, In order to support the work of the Rochester International Association, including our World Festival, we need funds to be able to operate. Our Board is fully voluntary so all our funds go to covering event costs and other outlays. While we receive some sponsorship funds, memberships and donations, we have to raise […] Read more – ‘Community Days Fundraising Nov 11-14, 2015’.
Rochester International Association Annual Meeting! Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, 7 PM, at the IMAA Building, 2500 Valley High Dr NW We are electing a new board and all paid up members have a vote. Others are invited to attend. We will have some food and refreshments. We hope you can all come and show your […] Read more – ‘Annual Board Meeting, September 1, 7 PM (Elections)’.
Mayor Ardell Brede and the Mayor’s International Affairs Committee with the Rochester International Association cordially invite you to their annual International Summer Picnic Sunday, July 12, 4:30 – 7:00 PM at the shelter in Silver Lake Park next to the fire station (7th Street N.E.) (We have a roof – so come rain or shine!) […] Read more – ‘International Summer Picnic – July 12, 2015’.
Hello Friends, The 40th Annual World Festival will be held April 10 and 11, 2015 at John Marshall High School. Check out our Facebook page, Twitter page, and our World Festival home page for periodic updates. If you are interested in participating in the World Festival, please register online before March 15, 2015. World Festival Poster Please download […] Read more – ‘World Festival 2015 Planning’.
Everyone here at Rochester International Association want to say thank you for all that you do to make this international community of Rochester great! We can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store. Happy Holidays! Read more – ‘Happy Holidays 2014-2015’.
The Mayor’s International Affairs Committee and the Rochester International Association cordially invite all international residents and visitors and their families to a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, 11:30 A.M. at the Congregational Church, 965 17th Ave SW (take Highway 52 South, exit on Salem Road, go West, turn right across […] Read more – ‘RIA Thanksgiving Dinner – November 27, 2014’.
Mayor Ardell Brede and the Mayor’s International Affairs Committee with the Rochester International Association cordially invite you to their annual International Summer Picnic. After the World Cup, a final celebration! Sunday, July 13, 5:30-7:30 pm at the shelter in Silver Lake Park next to the fire station (7th St. NE) – Map (We have a […] Read more – ‘RIA International Summer Picnic – July 13, 2014’.
Dear Friends, Once again we had a wonderful World Festival with many experiences, lots of education, meeting new friends, catching up with old ones and many things for the children to do. The food was excellent, the performances beautiful, some thought provoking. It certainly fit our mission of “international education and exchange” to the T. […] Read more – ‘World Festival 2014 Thank You’.
Hello Friends, The World Festival is coming up starting this Friday, April 11 at 7 pm with our International Talent Show. It continues on Saturday, April 12 at 10 am with FREE admission for everyone. Come join us as we celebrate our 39th World Festival at John Marshall High School. Please visit our World Festival […] Read more – ‘World Festival 2014’.
Hello Friends, World Festival will be held April 11 and 12, 2014 at John Marshall High School. We will share more updates on our Facebook page, Twitter, and our World Festival page as we get closer to the date. Please register before April 1, if you are interested in participating in the World Festival. Children’s Activities / […] Read more – ‘World Festival 2014 Planning’.
Hello, Friends – the Diversity Council celebrates their 25th year in Rochester and they’re extending an invitation to attend the “Stories & Voices” event. When: Thursday, January 23, 5:30pm Where: Rochester Art Center There will be live entertainment, refreshments, Champion of Diversity awards, and highlights of the Diversity Council’s work. With music by KnuFunk, and […] Read more – ‘Stories and Voices’.
Christmas is celebrated in many countries and is part of the festive holiday season for many around the world. How do you say Merry Christmas in your language? We thank all of you who have made the World Festival a success every year. See you all next year! Read more – ‘Happy Holidays from your friends at RIA’.
We had a blast this past Thanksgiving. We decided to share with you the Thanksgiving Dinner pictures that photographer Grace Juhn took at the event. If you’re on Google Plus, please +1 on our new RIA Google Plus page, where all our photos are now hosted. Read more – ‘Pictures from Thanksgiving Dinner 2013’.
Give to the Max Day is an effort organized by GiveMN.org to help raise money for non-profit organizations in Minnesota. Every donation made to the Rochester International Association on November 14, 2013 gives us the chance to win more money. Hundreds of organizations will offer the opportunity to double your dollars with matching grants throughout the 24 hours. […] Read more – ‘Give To The Max Day (Nov 14, 2013)’.
The Mayor’s International Affairs Committee and the Rochester International Association cordially invite all international residents and visitors and their families to a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Thursday, November 28, 11:30 AM at the Congregational Church Driving directions: 965 17th Ave. SW (take highway 52 south, exit on Salem Road, go west, turn […] Read more – ‘RIA Thanksgiving Dinner (Nov 28, 2013)’.
Hello Everyone, A special welcome to our new members Archana Shinde, Kristin Faloon, and Sam Ouk. We are happy to have you on board for the upcoming year! The full list of board members that were elected for this upcoming year can be found on our website. Herta Matteson RIA President Read more – ‘Welcome New Board Members 2013-2014’.
Mayor Ardell Brede and the Mayor’s International Affairs Committee with the Rochester International Association cordially invite you to their annual International Summer Picnic. Sunday, July 14, 4:30-7:00 pm at the shelter in Silver Lake Park next to the Fire Station (7th ST. NE) (We have a roof – so come rain or shine!) Meet interesting […] Read more – ‘RIA International Summer Picnic – July 14, 2013’.
Happy New Year of Snake in 2013! Our friends at Mayo Chinese Students and Scholar Association (MCSSA) are celebrating a Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) in John Marshall High School (1510 14th St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901) on Sunday, February 10, 2013. Discount Price: Between now – 2/8/2013 Adults & Youths (age 13-69): $10; Kids (age: 4-12): […] Read more – ‘Chinese New Year Celebration Feb 10, 2013’.
Dear Friends, We hope you will be part of the World Festival again this year. It will be the 38th! You are a part of a very long and proud tradition of people sharing their culture with the community. Since 1976 we have shown the great diversity and the many different cultures and contributions of […] Read more – ‘World Festival Planning’.
Give to the Max Day is an effort organized by GiveMN.org to help raise money for non-profit organizations in Minnesota. Every donation made to the Rochester International Association on November 15, 2012 gives us the chance to win even more money! Follow the link to make your contribution on November 15, 2012. http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Rochester-International-Association Read more – ‘Give To The Max Day (Nov 15, 2012)’.
The Mayor’s International Affairs Committee and the Rochester International Association cordially invite all international residents and visitors and their families to a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Thursday, November 22, 11:30 A.M. at the Congregational Church, 965 17th AVE SW (take Highway 52 South, exit on Salem Road, go west, turn right across from […] Read more – ‘Thanksgiving Dinner (Nov 22, 2012)’.
Hello friends, The next RIA board meeting has been changed to November 5, 2012. 7PM. IMAA building. Please mark your calendars. We will conduct our general business and then get to the World Festival agenda following it at about 7:30pm. If you are planning to participate in the World Festival next year, you are welcome […] Read more – ‘Next board meeting November 5, 2012’.
Please come to our Annual Meeting on September 10, 7 pm, at the IMAA building 2100 Valleyhigh Dr. NW. We will elect the new board, and we hope all members of RIA come to cast their vote. If you want to nominate someone or volunteer for the board, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org She will forward to the […] Read more – ‘RIA Annual Board Meeting, Sept 10, 7pm’.
Remembering the 67th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki As the Ohta River enters Hiroshima, it splits into six fingers. It was to these waters that ten of thousands fled seeking shelter from the flames of the atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. It is here each August that people gather, as they do […] Read more – ‘Peace Lantern Floating Ceremony (Aug 8, 2012)’.
You’re invited to Cambodian Association of Rochester, MN (CARM)’s first annual Water Festival. Silver Lake in the summertime is the place for family gathering: loved ones picnic by the lake, children jump and swing at the playground, teenagers skateboard at the nearby rink, and young-at-heart adults groove to music by the creek. CARM’s Water Festival […] Read more – ‘Carm’s Water Festival – Aug 18, 19, 2012’.
Mayor Ardell Brede and the Mayor’s International Affairs Committee with the Rochester International Association cordially invite you to their annual International Summer Picnic Sunday, July 15, 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the shelter in Silver Lake Park next to the fire station (7th ST NE) (We have a roof – so come rain or shine!) […] Read more – ‘International Summer Picnic (Sunday, July 15, 4-7 PM)’.
Dear Friends, Our 37th World Festival has come to an end, and it was one for the record books. It was extremely well received by the visitors, and I have heard nothing but glowing remarks. I want to make sure you all know, that your efforts are greatly appreciated, not just by the Rochester International Association, but […] Read more – ‘World Festival 2012 Thank You’.
37th ANNUAL ROCHESTER WORLD FESTIVAL Presented by the Rochester International Association APRIL 13, 7 PM: SHOW OF CULTURAL PERFORMANCES APRIL 14, 10 AM – 3 PM: ETHNIC FOOD, CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES, CULTURAL DISPLAYS, PARADE OF NATIONS, INTERNATIONAL MARKET PLACE, DANCING AND MORE At Mayo High School, Rochester THE WORLD FESTIVAL WAS FOUNDED IN 1976 AS A BICENTENNIAL […] Read more – ‘World Festival 2012 Press Release’.
Happy New Year! The 2012 World Festival is coming up soon and planning is well under way. The dates are Friday April 13, and Saturday April 14. If you are planning on participating (cultural displays, market vendors, food, sponsorship, performances, children’s activities), you will need to let us know. Register online using these forms. World Festival […] Read more – ‘World Festival 2012 Registration’.
Looking to learn more about other cultures and have lunch at the same time? Come to the following speaker luncheons. Reservations are needed. Call Betsy Monroe at 507-289-3359. Where: Rochester Family YMCA Cost: $9/RIA or Y members, $10/others. Please mark the following dates on your calendar. January 11, 2012, 11:45 am – 1:00 pm, Terri […] Read more – ‘Y Speaker Luncheons for 2012 (Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May)’.
Mentor needed I am sending out a request for help in locating a mentor for a wonderful High School Senior that is going to major in International Business. She has already pursued three local mentors and all have fallen through. Her emphasis in her college career will be International Business, though her mentorship doesn’t need […] Read more – ‘Community News and Events for January 2012’.
MCSSA will host 2012 Chinese New Year Celebration Party on Saturday, January 28, 2012 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at Century High School. The program includes two hours of fun-filled and appealing stage shows and a dinner banquet with traditional Chinese food to enjoy. As usual, we will also have a lot of prize drawings […] Read more – ‘Chinese New Years 2012’.
What if you could help us win $1000 just by giving 10 bucks? On November 16, Give to the Max Day, you can. Last year, more than 42,000 donors logged on to GiveMN.org and gave over $10 million to Minnesota charities in 24 hours during Give to the Max Day. Together, we have the power […] Read more – ‘Give to the Max Day Nov 16’.
For the past few months, our website has been out of commission while we recover from being hacked. We took the opportunity to redesign the website to be more clean/minimal, with information easier to find and viewable across all sorts of devices and screen sizes. We hope that you check us out again and give […] Read more – ‘New RIA website’.
The Mayor’s International Affairs Committee and the Rochester International Association cordially invite all international residents and visitors and their families to a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 24, 11:30 A.M. at the Congregational Church, 965 17th AVE SW (take Highway 52 South, exit on Salem Road, go west, turn right across from […] Read more – ‘Thanksgiving Dinner (November 24)’.
The World Festival was a great success! Based on comment cards submitted, the Talent Show was extremely well received. Over 1300 folks visited us on Saturday. 535 children attended. Lots of things to do for the whole family. The food lines were packed, and the entertainment was fun. We couldn’t have pulled it off without […] Read more – ‘World Festival 2011 Wrap Up’.
The 36th Annual World Festival is scheduled for April 15 and 16 at Mayo High School. This year you will find some favorites from previous years and new activities. Friday evening at 7pm we will present our Cultural Show in the Mayo High School auditorium. This year, the performances have been juried into the show, […] Read more – ‘World Festival 2011’.
Dear Friends, We at RIA are very busy organizing this year’s World Festival, the 36th! It will be a challenging year, because our rental expenses are considerably higher than before. We still want to offer free entrance for the Saturday events. We think that families should be able to learn about our global citizens, neighbors […] Read more – ‘World Festival Update – We Need Your Support’.
Annual International Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 11:30 am. AT THE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 965 17TH AVE. SW (TAKE HIGHWAY 52 SOUTH, EXIT ON SALEM ROAD, GO WEST, TURN RIGHT ACROSS FROM T.J. MAXX PLAZA INTO FOX VALLEY DR., TURN RIGHT ON FRONTAGE ROAD TO CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH – IT IS ON THE LEFT) It […] Read more – ‘RIA Thanksgiving Dinner’.
We’re posting all our registration forms for the upcoming World Festival on April 15 and 16, 2011. Head over to our World Festival forms page to start the registration process. If you are planning to perform, volunteer, become a food vendor, be part of the display booths, or to take part in general, you should […] Read more – ‘World Festival 2011 Registration’.
Childrenâ€™s activities volunteer Need adult or teen volunteers to help with childrenâ€™s activities during the Saturday April 16 festival. Need volunteers to work shifts of 1-3 hours between 9:30am-3:30pm. Volunteers may be assisting children with crafts or games. No special skills required. International food volunteer Adult volunteers needed to assist with drink fountain, take money […] Read more – ‘World Festival 2011 Volunteers Needed’.
We have a new board and new energy to go ahead with this year. Our new board is as follows: President â€“ Herta Matteson Vice President â€“ Nelpha Malibago Secretary â€“ Greg Sauve Treasurer â€“ Ann Lance Tech Support â€“ Thomas Yung World Festival Chair â€“ Terri Allred Board members: George Margellos, Nazma Hoque, Shilpa […] Read more – ‘Welcome to a new year with RIA’.
This upcoming Tuesday September 14, 2010 at 7pm IMAA building, RIA will hold it’s annual election of officers. Nominate someone or yourself to serve on the board. 2010 Board Officers: President: Herta Matteson Vice President: John Berquist Secretary: Steven Baumgartner Treasurer: Ann Lance 2010 Board Members: Terri Allred, Nazma Hoque, Sushital Chowdhury, Nelpha Malibago, George […] Read more – ‘Annual Election of Board Officers’.
RIA will have a booth at the ARTigras this upcoming Saturday August 21, 10AM to 5PM at the Mayo Civic Center. Come visit us for Henna paintings and other cultural displays. If you would like to volunteer your time at the booth, please contact Herta at (507) 280-8319. Read more – ‘RIA will be at ARTigras, August 21, 10am-5pm’.
Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki Aug. 1945. Gather to make lanterns. Kits and instructions for making lantern will be provided. Location: East Picnic Shelter at Silver Lake 7:30pm: Ceremony and Lantern floating at sunset SPEAKERS: Mayor Ardell Brede, Mark Nunberg, Guiding Teacher of Common Ground (Meditation Center in Minneapolis) & Mirja P. Hanson, Honorary Consul General […] Read more – ‘Peace Lantern Floating Ceremony, Aug 5, 6:30pm’.
MAYOR ARDELL BREDE AND THE MAYORâ€™S INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WITH THE ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO THEIR ANNUAL International Summer Picnic THURSDAY, JULY 15, 7:00- 9:00 PM AT THE SHELTER IN SILVER LAKE PARK NEXT TO THE FIRE STATION (7TH ST. NE) (WE HAVE A ROOF – SO COME RAIN OR SHINE!) MEET […] Read more – ‘International Summer Picnic, Thursday July 15 7PM’.
Just a friendly reminder that the World Festival begins this weekend starting on Friday April 9 7PM at Mayo High School with the Talent Show. Then on Saturday April 10 10AM to 3PM at Mayo High School, we have festivities and food for the entire family. World Festival General Information World Festival 2010 World Festival […] Read more – ‘Reminder: World Festival 2010’.
â€œONE WORLD â€“ MANY CULTURESâ€ On Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10, 2009 the Rochester International Association presents its 35th World Festival at Mayo High School in Rochester, Minnesota. The Festival opens Friday evening at 7 pm with a colorful show of performances including dancing, singing, and music by performers in their native costumes […] Read more – ‘Press Release for the 35th Rochester World Festival 2010’.
World Festival 2010 is coming up this April 9 and April 10. To participate or volunteer or for questions, please call Herta at 507-280-8319 or e-mail email@example.com Tell us how youâ€™d like to participate. Fill out the form online or print it out and send it in before March 30, 2010, so that we can […] Read more – ‘World Festival 2010 Sign Up Forms’.
World Festival 2010 dates are Friday April 9 (Talent Show 7pm) and Saturday April 10 (10AM – 3PM) at Mayo High School. World Festival Planning Meetings continue to be held for those planning to participate in the World Festival Talent Show, and the Saturday festivities. Please check our online calendar for the latest dates. Read more – ‘World Festival 2010 updates’.
THIS FREE DINNER IS PREPARED AND DONATED BY FRED REGAL AND HIS FAMILY OF REGAL CATERING IN HONOR OF FREDâ€™S MOTHER. WE THANK THEM FOR THEIR GENEROSITY. ALSO THANK YOU TO THE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH FOR THEIR HOSPITALITY When: November 26, 2009 at 11:30AM Where: Congregational Church UCC, Rochester, MN (map) To make reservations, send an […] Read more – ‘RIA Thanksgiving Dinner Nov 26’.
SECOND WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH (SEPTEMBER THROUGH MAY) 11:45 AM â€“ 1PM AT THE FAMILY Y See our public events calendar for details and to subscribe in your Outlook or Google Calendar. Here’s a list of our upcoming speakers. DECEMBER 9: Christmas in Peru, with Daly Feldman JANUARY 13: Vietnam and other countries visited by […] Read more – ‘International Speakers Luncheons (updates)’.
Rochester International Association is proud to announce that the CAAM Chinese Dance Theater (CDT) is performing for the first time at Rochesterâ€™s Mayo Civic Center on Sat., Sept. 19 7PM. The “Ode to Flowers” performance will involve more than 80 dancers, some of which are from Rochester. Jasmine flowers welcoming spring. Bamboo stalks bending with […] Read more – ‘Ode to Flowers (Chinese Dance Concert) Sep 19’.
Rochester Public Library would like to create a collaborative work that will recognize Rochester’s diversity, celebrate the needlework skills that reflect our different cultures and backgrounds, and promote harmony and awareness among our community. Once completed, the quilt will hang in the library as a commemoration of the skills, talent, and heritage found here in […] Read more – ‘Diversity Quilt – Calling All Needleworkers’.
Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki Aug. 1945 WHERE: East picnic shelter at Silver Lake WHEN: Thursday, August 6th, 7pm If heavy rain, Sunday, Aug. 9th What: Gather to make lanterns. kits and instructions for making lanterns will be provided. 7:45pm: Ceremony and lantern floating at sunset SPEAKERS: Mayor Ardell Brede & Richard Van Dellen, M.D. MUSIC: […] Read more – ‘24th Peace Lantern Floating Ceremony’.
MAYOR ARDELL BREDE AND THE MAYORâ€™S INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WITH THE ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO THEIR ANNUAL International Summer Picnic THURSDAY, JULY 16, 6:30 – 8:30 PM AT THE SHELTER IN SILVER LAKE PARK NEXT TO THE FIRE STATION (7TH ST. NE) (WE HAVE A ROOF – SO COME RAIN OR SHINE!) […] Read more – ‘RIA Annual International Picnic’.
Rochester International Association will be participating in the RochesterFest parade. We are officially float #76 on the parade route. RIA participants will be marching with flags and ethnic costumes of different countries. The Grand Parade is an annual Rochesterfest event put on by the Ambassadors of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. If you wish […] Read more – ‘Join us at RochesterFest Parade – Jun 26, 2009 – 5:30PM’.
Mayo Clinic (sponsored by Diversity Committee and more specifically the Hispanic Diversity Infinite Group), IBM Hispanic Networking Group and Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA) will co-host a Cinco de Mayo celebration. The purpose of the celebration is to acknowledge, celebrate, and provide education about the Hispanic culture and heritage of Mayoâ€™s patients, visitors, and employees as […] Read more – ‘Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Peace Plaza, (May 5, 2009), 11am-1pm’.
The Rochester World Festival 2009 was a success. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all the folks that made this a success. Join us again next year. In the meanwhile, a World Festival wrap up meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday May 6, 2009 7pm at the Charter House (3rd floor conference room) (Event). […] Read more – ‘World Festival Wrap Up’.
Just a friendly reminder that the Rochester World Festival 2009 is this Friday April 10 from 7pm to 9pm and Saturday April 11 from 10am to 3pm. Here’s a link to our official RIA World Festival 2009 poster that you can print out. We’ll post the program guide PDF here as well. Read more – ‘Reminder: World Festival this Friday and Saturday’.
PRESS RELEASE FOR THE 34th ROCHESTER WORLD FESTIVAL 2009 â€œONE WORLD â€“ MANY CULTURESâ€ On Friday, April 10, and Saturday, April 11, 2009 the Rochester International Association presents its 34th World Festival at Mayo High School in Rochester, Minnesota. The Festival opens Friday evening at 7 PM with a colorful show of performances including dancing, […] Read more – ‘Press release: Rochester World Festival 2009’.
The World Festival 2009 Planning Committee has been meeting since October 2008, and there are only 2 months left before the World Festival is upon us. If you are planning on participating in the World Festival, it will be very beneficial for you and your organization to attend these meetings. The remaining meetings are: Feb […] Read more – ‘World Festival 2009 Planning Committee Meetings’.
Hi Friends/Members, We’ve got a quick announcement to make. I’m sure you’ve heard about Facebook already, and so have we. It’s been in the works for a while now and we are proud to finally announce that RIA has a presence on Facebook. Please visit our official RIA group page on Facebook. We also have […] Read more – ‘Rochester International Association is on Facebook’.
We normally would make these announcements in our printed newsletter, but now that we’ve gone green, we’re posting them here. Many of these events are also on our RIA Events Calendar page. You may add these events to your own calendar from there. Latino Fest, Saturday, September 27, from noon to 4PM – East Side […] Read more – ‘Fall and Autumn Announcements’.
Just a friendly reminder that the Rochester International Association’s annual board meeting is coming up this September 2, 2008 at the IMAA office (2500 ValleyHigh Drive NW). [ Add meeting to your calendar | Map ] The public is welcome to attend. We will be asking for nominations for officers and board members interested in […] Read more – ‘Upcoming RIA Annual Board Meeting Sep 2, 2008’.
RIA will be resuming our monthly lunch group at the Rochester Family Y on Wednesday, Sept 10, beginning at 11:45 AM with check-in and set-up in Balfour Hall at 11:30 AM. Everyone is welcome. Cost for the international lunch prepared and served by Regal Catering is $9, $8 for members of the RIA or the […] Read more – ‘Upcoming Y Luncheons’.
Just a friendly reminder that membership dues for period ending July 2009 are due beginning July 2008. If you have already paid, you may ignore this note. We will be sending out notices via email in the next couple days with instructions on how to renew or get started. Make sure that you add our […] Read more – ‘RIA Membership Drive’.
The Annual International Picnic will be on Thursday, July 24, 6:30PM, at West Silver Lake Shelter. We have music and meet people from all over the world in a casual environment. Bring some food from your country to share! People should bring enough food to serve about 20 people. We will have some food and […] Read more – ‘Reminder: International Picnic July 24’.
Rochester International Association will be participating in the upcoming RochesterFest Parade on June 27, 2008. Any ethnic group, persons in ethnic dress and costumes and/or with flags representing their country are invited to participate. The distance to walk is about 2 miles, not very fast pace. As of this date we are not assured a […] Read more – ‘RochesterFest Parade: Participants Needed’.
Dear World Festival Friends, You will certainly agree that our 33rd World Festival â€œOne World â€“ Many Culturesâ€ was a wonderful event and a great success. A big thank you to everybody involved! The World Festival is the best opportunity for our international community to share its diverse heritage with everybody. We can show our […] Read more – ‘World Festival 2008 Wrap-up’.
The prize drawing was held near the end of the World Festival on Saturday, and the winners are as follows: 1st prize: $50 gift certificate to India Garden: claimed by Roger Nelson. 2nd prize: 512MB iPod Shuffle: Cecilia and Joe Szurszewski 3rd prize: 256MB Sandisk Cruzer thumbdrive: Erin Munson If you have not yet claimed […] Read more – ‘RIA World Festival Prize Winners’.
PRESS RELEASE FOR THE 33RD ROCHESTER WORLD FESTIVAL 2008 “One World, Many Cultures” On Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, 2008 the Rochester International Association presents its 33rd World Festival at Mayo High School, 1430 SW 11 Av, Rochester, Minnesota. The Festival opens Friday evening at 7 PM with a colorful show of performances […] Read more – ‘ROCHESTER WORLD FESTIVAL 2008’.
Friday Evening World Talent Show Place: Mayo High School Auditorium When: Friday, April 11, 7pm Artistic Director and Master of Ceremonies: John Berquist Performers Scottish Bagpiper, Christopher Kennedy RCTC World Drum Group– Cuban Samba, conducted by Denny McGuire Colombian Roots: 2 dances Juan Carlos Ramirez, Diego Luengas, Diana Kurman, Carolina Amador Suzuki Violin group, Three […] Read more – ‘WORLD FESTIVAL FRIDAY PROGRAM’.
Rochester International Association is giving away prizes for World Festival participants for new memberships, membership renewals, and donations. To enter the drawing, come to the Friday and/or Saturday events and visit our membership booths. The list of prizes include: $50 dinner certificate to an ethnic restaurant (TBD) iPod Shuffle 512MB for your PC/Mac 256MB external […] Read more – ‘WorldFest Update: Prize Giveaways’.
The RIA Autumn/Fall 2007 edition of our quarterly newsletter is now available for download. UPDATE (Sep 13, 2007): Please re-download the newsletter. Made changes to indicate the results of the annual elections board meeting held on September 11, 2007. Read more – ‘Autumn Newsletter Now Available’.
From Phyllis Layton — Plans are under way to start on the fall newsletter. It would be great to get it out before activities start in September. RIA will have the annual board meeting Tuesday Sept 11 at the new IMAA office. We need to find candidates for members of the board. The INTERNATIONAL LUNCH […] Read more – ‘Coming up at RIA’.
Hello friends of the RIA! It’s been a busy week getting our quarterly newsletter ready for you to enjoy. Please download it at: http://ria-minnesota.org/newsletters Here are the highlights: RIA has moved to a new office. Please update your address books. Our new address is: 2500 ValleyHigh Drive NW, Rochester, MN 55901 (Map) Upcoming on July […] Read more – ‘RIA Newsletter (summer edition)’.
For those interested in the Rochester International Association’s section in the RochesterFest Parade on June 22. We will be meeting at 6:30pm at our assigned place (#104), on West Silver Lake Drive between 7th St NE and Civic Center Drive (Map). As we are near the end of the parade, we will have to wait […] Read more – ‘RochesterFest Parade’.
Here’s an update on the format for the Talent Show on Friday April 20th. RCTC Drum group opening the show (Brazilian music) Southeast Asia – Indian and Filipino dances/songs The Carribean – Salsa/Cumbia Middle Eastern – Turkish and Egyptian dances European musical groups South America – Aztec finale Remember that tickets are on sale for […] Read more – ‘WorldFest Talent Show’.
Hello friends of the RIA! We have been busy putting together the Spring edition of our quarterly newsletter. Please download it at: http://ria-minnesota.org/newsletters We have also decided to Go Green. Please indicate whether you would like to receive your newsletter exclusively via email. If you have given us your email address, we will send you […] Read more – ‘RIA Newsletter (WorldFest edition)’.
The Rochester International Association invites everyone to participate and enjoy the 31st Annual Rochester World Festival. It will be held this year at Mayo High School (April 20-21) and will be a part of Rochester’s Year of the Family. The theme is Reaching Out to the World. We invite all the people of Rochester to […] Read more – ‘World Festival – Volunteers Needed’.
International luncheons at the Rochester Family Y on the 2nd Wed of each month from 11:30AM-1PM. Members and friends come for an ethnic lunch prepared by Fred Regal Catering; Program at 12 noon. Lunch cost is $8. Everyone welcome, but reservations are needed. Call Betsy 289-3359. February 14th 11:30am, 1pm 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€ RIA International Luncheon […] Read more – ‘Upcoming Events – Y International Lunches’.
This piece of news is rather disturbing, as RIA believes that all racial injustice has no place in this world. According to the International Herald Tribune, GREEN BAY, Wisconsin: As with most unsolved killings, there are more questions than answers about why Cha Vang, a Hmong immigrant from Laos, was shot to death while hunting […] Read more – ‘Hmong in Wisconsin see retaliation in hunter’s death’.
Here’s an article I found in the International Herald Tribune that reveals some interesting facts about how Asian Americans are represented in America’s top colleges and universities. Across the United States, at elite private and public universities, Asian enrollment is near an all-time high. Asian-Americans make up less than 5 percent of the population but […] Read more – ‘Asian-Americans challenge ideas of race in U.S. universities’.
This is a traditional American holiday dinner for new internationals is prepared and served to new international in Rochester each year since 1986 by Fred Regal in memory of his mother. It will be held once again at the Congregational Church 965 17th Ave. SW at noon. The event is donated by Fred Regal of […] Read more – ‘Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday Nov. 23’.
Welcoming party for new Internationals at City Hall 7-9 pm Thursday, October 19: Mayor Brede and the city’s International Affairs Committee with the assistance of the RIA will provide the annual welcoming party with light refreshments and entertainment for new international residents and students. Please invite newcomers or bring them to City Hall for this […] Read more – ‘Welcoming party for new Internationals at City Hall – October 19’.
On Wednesday September 13, 2006, join us at the YMCA for our Y Luncheon featuring speakers from Columbia. Ethnic cuisine and catering by Regal Catering. The charge is $8, ($7 for paid members of RIA or Y) for this and other luncheons. Call Betsy at 289-0839 or Joyce at 282-1676 to RSVP. Read more – ‘Y International Luncheon – Sep 13 @ 11:30AM’.
Come visit Rochester’s 43rd Annual Greek Festival. Greek Food and Pastries. Live Greek Music and Dancing. Silent Auction and Car Raffle. Children’s Activities and Church Tours. FREE admission and parking. Tickets available by contacting (507) 282-1529 or website at www.holyanargyroi.mn.goarcg.org When: Friday 5-8, Saturday 11-8, Sunday 11-7 Where: Holy Anargyroi Church Grounds (703 W Center […] Read more – ‘Greek Festival – Aug 25 – 27’.
As one of RIA’s newest board members, Sue Shockey has been profiled in Rochester Women magazine. Sue performed at Dunn Bros North this past July 14, 2006. Sue has a music CD out called Songs for Quarry Hill and Susanna’s Garden, which can be purchased at Quarry Hill Nature Center, the Rochester Art Center, and […] Read more – ‘Member Profile – Sue Shockey’.
RIA’s Summer International picnic, Thursday, July 13, 6pm at Silver Lake West shelter (by the fire station) Hosted by Mayor Brede’s International Affairs committee and RIA. Newly arrived internationals and students as well as those who have been with us for many years are welcome to attend. No charge. Bring your families and some food […] Read more – ‘RIA’s Summer International picnic, July 13’.
Beginning at 6PM: We will again sponsor a unit in the parade. IMAA and Catholic Charities will join as we celebrate World Refugee Day. All internationals are welcome to walk with us. RCTC international students will be there. A drummer and musicians would be very welcome. Marcella and Gary Nixon will be in charge of […] Read more – ‘Rochesterfest Parade Friday June 24’.
This year marks the 141st anniversary of Juneteenth nationally, and the 3rd annual Rochester Juneteenth celebration. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when the last 250,000 slaves in Texas were freed, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Often known as Freedom Day, Juneteenth remembers the tragedy of slavery and the promise of freedom. When: […] Read more – ‘Juneteenth Celebration – June 18’.
Sponsored by Mayo FellowsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Association of Mayo Graduate School of Medicine Where: Graham Arena North , Olmsted County Fairgrounds When: Sat Jun 10, 12-4PM New booths this year include Cold Stone Creamery, The Amish Store, Wells Fargo, Dish It Up, Carpet One, Lady Northgate, YMCA, Sprint, Dahl Dance Center, Artistic Framers, Creative Memories, Design Works, […] Read more – ‘Mayo Fellows Fair – Sat Jun 10, 12-4PM’.
We’ve added a new feature to the website that will allow users to keep up to date via email with all the latest RIA announcements and events that we post to the website. Please subscribe to our email list. You’ll wonder how you ever got by without it. 🙂 Read more – ‘Email newsletter subscriptions’.
The RIA World Festival 2006 was a success! Take a look at some of the many pictures that were taken at the event. Originals (with permission from our World Festival photographer Lei): http://www.7color.us/gewu/wf2006/wf2006e.html Read more – ‘World Festival Photos’.
The RIA in honor of the passing of our friend Meta Kiss, will walk in Rochesters Arthritis walk on Saturday, May 20th, at Silver Lake. To join the team (or to form your own team!), please log on to: www.arthritis.org. Look for “Arthritis Walks”, scroll to Minnesota and look for the Rochester walk. Click on […] Read more – ‘Rochester Walk’.
The ACHLA- The Alliance of Chicanos Hispanics, and Latin Americans, Olmstead County Public Health Departmnent, IMMA and Rochester Public Schools-ESOL Department, is hosting a Cinco de Mayo Walk and Celebration on May 6. Kick off is at 11:00 a.m in the Riverview Suites Patio behind at the Civic Center at May park. In case of […] Read more – ‘Upcoming Event – May 6’.
Just a reminder that the next Y Speaker Luncheons are coming up: April 12: Go on Safari in Africa with Julie Gilkinson, pictures, music and talk. May 10: Kim Sin, former student and now on staff at RCTC will speak about his home country of Cambodia, which he has recently visited. When/Where: 11:30 AM in […] Read more – ‘Upcoming Y Speaker Luncheons’.
Today, the World Festival kicks off with ETHNIC DANCE, MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT on stage at 7 PM. The theme is Around the World in 30 Years. Head over to Century High School, 2525 Viola Road NE. Tickets are: $6 adults ($5 in advance only for RIA members) $3 students — Available at RIA / IMAA reception […] Read more – ‘World Festival 2006 Kicks Off!’.
Here’s an interesting article by Doug McGill entitled “A Supreme Patriarch of Cambodian-Minnesotans“. When the Supreme Patriarch of Buddhism in Cambodia decides to open a new school or build a new temple in his country, his thoughts turn to friends and financial supporters in Minnesota. Resource: The McGill Report Read more – ‘A Supreme Patriarch of Cambodian-Minnesotans’.
“Bringing the World to UCR” will take place on the 4th floor at the RCTC College Center building on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 2-4pm and will include workshop activities – Martial arts, Asian cooking, Asian travel experience to Cambodiua, understanding cultural diverse issues. From 6-8pm an evening show will include the Chinese Lion Dance, a […] Read more – ‘Bringing the World to UCR, Sat Feb 18, 2 PM’.
2nd annual MeXica New Year Celebration will be held… Friday March 3rd Overnight Vigil of Songs (9pm-4am) Saturday March 4th Dance Ceremony (Noon-ish-Five-ish) Where: 4H Building, Rochester, MN As many cultures of their time, Mexicans viewed the coming of spring as a natural cycle of beginning. Most ceremonies of this tradition have two parts: one […] Read more – ‘2006 Mexican New Year celebration, March 3-4’.
We will have as speaker Jeanette Bergler, who has recently taught English as a second language at the village of Radomyshl in the Ukraine. Ukrainian lunch served at 11:30 by Fred Regal catering. The charge is $8, ($7 for paid members of RIA or Y) for this and other luncheons. Call Betsy at 289-0839 or […] Read more – ‘Y Speakers Luncheon – Wed Feb 8 – 11:30AM’.
Holiday Greetings to our friends of many countries, cultures, and human experience, who make our lives here in Southern Minnesota so much richer. Tis indeed the “Holiday Season” in America; and to say so for many of us goes far beyond being politically correct. Even if your religious or cultural tradition doesn’t call for you […] Read more – ‘Letter from the President’.
On December 14, we plan to share holiday lunch, treats; favorite stories, poems, music of the holidays from your culture. Please e-mail Pdodgel @Aol.com or call Phyllis at 288-1197 if you wish to take part in this program –or to be a speaker for an upcoming program in 2006. The higher cost of lunch requires […] Read more – ‘Y Speakers Luncheon – Wed Dec 14 – 11:30AM’.
Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday Nov. 24, 12 noon at the Congregations Church, 965 17th Ave, NW. for Rochester International Association members and their families, served and donated by Fred Regal and his family. Attendance is limited to 200. Please make reservations by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers to help with dinner are needed. Call Kathy at 286-9117 […] Read more – ‘Thanksgiving Dinner – Thu Nov 24 – 12:00PM’.
Poetry Reading and reception: Foreign Wife Elegy by Yuko Taniguchi When: Wednesday, November 16 6:00 pm â€“ 9:00 pm Where: Rochester Art Center Admission: Free â€œThis debut collection of poems bears witness to the compassion of nurses, the hardships of injury and illness, and the solitude brought on by marrying into another culture and country.â€ […] Read more – ‘Poetry Reading by Yuko Taniguchi – Nov 16 – 6PM’.
DRIFTERS (China — Drama) Would-be immigrant Er Di is back in China, expelled from the United States for working illegally. While in the U.S. he fathered a child, and when his American-born son comes to China for a visit, Er Di is barred from seeing him. At the same time, Er Di becomes involved with […] Read more – ‘RIFG presents “Drifters” – Nov 9 – 6PM’.
Beginning Monday, Nov. 7 enjoy the first program of the weekly series Windows on the World –A Music and Dance Series honoring the life of Fuad Mansour, a Mayo employee who organized the first Rochester World Festival in 1976 and help start the Rochester International Association in 1982. He died in 1997. This special music […] Read more – ‘Fuad Mansour Music and Dance Series’.
The Rochester International Association’s International Lunch program at the Rochester Family Y begins on Wed. Oct 12 at 11:30 AM. This month’s presentation is on India. The title is “India : Unity in Diversity”. We will see how diversity is respected and appreciated in India. Reservations needed by Oct 10; call Betsy at 289-3359. Cost […] Read more – ‘RIA Y Luncheon – Wed Oct 12 – 11:30AM’.
October 2005 events — new RIFG films and series at the Chateau theatre. RIA Board meeting on the 12th , Y Luncheon on 13th, Mayor’s Reception for international people new to Rochester on Oct 6. For more information call us at 507-289-5960, Ext. 24. Read more – ‘October 2005 Events Summary’.
Lydia Riis Hamburgen, a longtime member and dedicated volunteer in the Rochester International Association died on August 10, 2005 in a helicopter crash into the Baltic Sea as she and her daughter Mary Elizabeth left Tallinn, Estonia for Helsinki, Finland for their flight home to Rochester. They had traveled to Estonia (Lydiaâ€™s native country) to […] Read more – ‘Remembering Lydia Hamburgen’.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2005 – – 6:00 P.M. Agata and the Storm (Romantic Comedy/Italy) – A swirl of pop-art color, madcap magic, and the bittersweet call of life and love. Director Soldini pays careful attention to his cast of characters in this ensemble comedy, creating suspense, laughter and tenderness. When Agata (Licia Maglietta), the popular bookshop […] Read more – ‘RIFG presents (September 2005) – “Agata and the Storm”’.
According to a Bangladeshi garments executive, â€œGive me one cents more a piece, one cent. I will use that money for these poor people.” Wal-Martâ€™s reply was, “No, give us two cents less”. Dateline NBC investigates the human costs in the developing world behind the bargain shopping trend of the Americans and the competitive deals […] Read more – ‘The human cost of one penny less’.
Join us for a Peace Lantern Floating ceremony on August 6 in Silver Lake park commemorating the 60th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 7PM: to gather to make lanterns; kits and instructions for making lanterns will be provided. At sunset: ceremony and lantern floating. More information can be downloaded here. Related: * […] Read more – ‘Peace Lantern Floating ceremony (August 6, 2005)’.
MARCH OF THE PENGUINS (narrated by Morgan Freeman), rated G – is the perfect documentary for beating the summer heat is coming, thanks to the Chateau Theatres. (Starts 7/22) Start Times are: 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm. Sorry, no passes. 1:30 length. “March of the Penguins” is simply, and astonishingly, the story of this […] Read more – ‘RIFG presents “March of the Penguins” premiering July 22’.
If you haven’t already heard about this site, it is worth checking out. Global Voices Online is an international effort to diversify the conversation taking place online by involving speakers from around the world, and developing tools, institutions and relationships to help make these voices heard. According to their website About section, At a time […] Read more – ‘Global Voices Online’.
Looks like the summer picnic was a success. We also celebrated Phyllis Layton’s wedding anniversary at the same time. Plenty of diverse people showed up and the food was great. Entertainment included a live accordion band and some Aztec dancers from Mexico. Expect a more comprehensive wrap-up in our Fall newsletter. Read more – ‘July 14th summer picnic’.
November 20, 2004 By Doug McGill With permission from The McGill Report ROCHESTER, MN — Geri Critchley moved to Rochester a few years after having spent a year in Senegal for the Peace Corps, and she found the two experiences strangely similar. Actually, she found life in Rochester even stranger than in Senegal. “I found myself […] Read more – ‘Diversity is Great, Unity is Better’.
RIFG iFILMS at Rochester Public Library: International and independent Films to be shown on the 2nd Wednesday at 6:00PM of each month. “Film” with free popcorn provided. Previously… July 14, 2005 – 6:30PM to 8:30PM Annual International Summer Picnic at the shelter in Silver Lake Park by the Fire Station â€” See newsletter. Please invite […] Read more – ‘Community Summer Events’.
The 29 annual World Festival was a great success. We hope you will be back with us next April as we look forward to the 30th anniversary of the Rochester World Festival. Our theme will be “Around the World in 30 years”. Join RIA and help make it the best yet. International Lunches At the […] Read more – ‘Ongoing Events’.
The new R.I.A. website is now live and on the web. Previously, the website was hosted by Geocities at the old URL http://www.geocities.com/roch_ia/. We welcome your comments. Please go to the Contact Us page for a listing of persons that can assist you in your inquiry. Read more – ‘Website is live!’.