We have lots of things to do starting at 10 AM all the way till 3 PM on April 14, at Mayo High School.
Check out our events around the stage in the gym!
- 10:00 am – Start the day with Yoga for Kids by Michelle from the Rochester International Dance Studio (RIDS)
- 10:30 am – Get the kids moving with Zumbatomic by Nicole from the RIDS
- 11:00 am (line-up for participants at 10:45 at the stage to get the flags): Parade of Nations (chaired by Sushital Chowdhury) start from the stage led by Mayor Ardell Brede. Enjoy the many flags and beautiful traditional outfits.
- 11:30 am – Immediately following the Parade of Nations get a better look at and an explanation about the outfits you just saw go by (presented by Jana Rose Hontarosas), Followed by an Indian dress show and presentation
- 12:00 pm – Erhu ensemble of the Rochester Chinese School and Martial Arts Show
- 12:30 pm – Fred Astaire Ballroom Dance Studio
- 1:00 pm – Middle Eastern History and Dance by Rochester International Dance Studio
- 1:30 pm – Young-Shin Choi from Korea will play the Gayageum, a Korean 12-string zither
- 2:00 pm – Highland Dance by the Guthrie School of Dance
- 2:30 pm – Get re-energized after a long day of fun and learning with ZUMBA!!!!
Look around the hallways and you will find:
Rochester International Association table:
- Information and programs
- Volunteer check-in
- Lost and Found
- Look at the flags and find the countries
- Join RIA to help support future World Festivals
- See what else we are up to!
Rochester Chess Club:
- Play the game that is popular the world over or just look over an expert’s shoulder to pick up on a few moves!
Children’s Activities (chaired by Liz Parry)
Maybe not just for children! The tables with children’s activities have balloons on them. Many of them also have general cultural displays.
- Pinatas, every half hour – sponsored by El Gallo Mexican Grocery and RASA (Rochester Arts and Sciences Academy; the RASA children made those piñatas themselves in school!)
- Trinidad and Tobago – Learn the game of cricket and play the steel drum (sponsored by Seasons of Fun)
- South Korea – chopstick game, bookmarks with name written in Korean, game called Yut, flag coloring, traditional outfits (sponsored by Michaela Parks/Korean Association of Rochester)
- Native American – making teepees, story telling, drum dancing (sponsored by Kathy Timmers, Jim Wilson/Native American Center of SE Minnesota)
- Upward Bound will do a spinning wheel with an age appropriate knowledge challenge
- Mask making (sponsored by Rochester Arts Center, Jason Pearson and Chris Delisle)
- Make Maracas, a rhythm rattle, and learn Spanish! (sponsored by RCTC Spanish class students)
- Face painting and make cascarones (sponsored by Pine Island Art Scream and Culture Club and Girl Scout Troop 24551)
- Germany – Quiz with prizes (sponsored by Trina Young and Anne Thiemann) Paper Lanterns (sponsored by PAIIR)
- France – decorations for bicycles with a French flair (sponsored by Empowered Wellness) Guatemala – make Cascarones (sponsored by Eulogio Tiguila and Victoria de Tiguila)
- Sudan – explore their display for an activity (sponsored by the Sudanese Association SE MN)
- Learn Indian language and have your name written in Indian script (sponsored by the Hindi school)
Community Tables (chaired by Nelpha Malibago) in the Cafeteria:
Learn about the activities of your community organizations!
- Rochester International Film Group: Who does not like movies? Learn about the program for the upcoming 17th Annual Film Festival
- Rochester Spanish Conversation Group: Ever wanted to try out your Spanish? Spanish native speaker? Check it out!
- ASSE: Display about the student exchange program
- Mayor’s International Affairs Committee: Learn about Rochester’s partner cities! Sign up to be part of those activities as well as other welcoming events.
- Rochester Rotary: Find out about the many international activities of the Rochester Rotary Club.
- Diversity Council: Ever wondered what the Diversity Council does? This will be a showcase of their activities.
- Rochester Arts and Sciences Academy (RASA): Get information about this unique school
- Rochester Public Library: Learn about the many multicultural resources available in the Public Library
- Mayo Clinic’s Office for Community Engaged Research: Check out why it is important to know one’s heritage and fill out a health family tree. Do something for your and your family’s health!
- IMAA: Learn about immigration to Rochester. Ask about the activities of the Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association. They are hosting the RIA in their facility – Thank you!
International Displays (chaired by Nelpha Malibago). Be prepared to learn a lot!
- South Korea
- Native American Center of SE Minnesota
- Philippines (Phil-Am Association of Rochester)
- Chinese Musical Instruments (Chinese Student and Scholar Association at Mayo)
- South Sudan (Rochester Organization for South Sudan, ROSS)
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Vietnam (Rochester Vietnamese Community)
- Northern Ireland
- Asia Network Group – Diversity Network Group at IBM
- India (Mayo Clinic’s India Diversity Networking Group)
- Australia (RCTC International Students Club)
- Cambodia (RCTC Cambodia Service Trip)
- United Kingdom (RCTC International Students Club)
- China (RCTC International Students Club)
- Sudan (Sudanese Association of South East Minnesota)
- Somalia (Somali Community Resettlement Services – SCRS)
International Food (chaired by Steve Baumgartner) from 11 am until sold out:
Enjoy your meal and be entertained by the Rochester Accordion Band
- India (Ashwini Walimbe)
- Malaysia/South East Asian Bites ( Christina Ganfield)
- Korea (Korean Association)
- Greece (Johnny Mangouras)
- Philippines (PhilAm Association)
- Sudan (Sudanese Association)
- Poland (Dominic Parise)
- Pastries from Daube’s
- Beverages (soda and water) by RIA
Food Ticket Sales (chaired by Ann Lance):
Buy your food tickets early to avoid the rush! You can only get food with food tickets. If you bought too many tickets, we will buy them back from you, so don’t worry about overbuying and save yourself some time and trouble.
International Marketplace (chaired by Katy Chia):
Get a souvenir! How about Henna?
- HENNA – Nazma Hoque
- ALICIA CREMER – FUNDRAISER FOR AN ALBANIAN FAMILY; THE GROUP SELLS INTERNATIONAL ITEMS FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES
- PEOPLE TO PEOPLE STUDENT AMBASSADORS
- CRYSTALS AND STONES FROM AROUND THE WORLD, ALSO MADE INTO JEWELRY. BELLY DANCE ITEMS
- NATIVE AMERICAN JEWELRY AND ART BY ANTHONY MATZKE
- GUATEMALAN JEWELRY, PURSES ETC.
- BOLIVIAN SWEATERS, ARTS, CRAFTS
- ORIENTAL CRAFT (CLOTHING, CARVINGS, WALL SCROLLS ETC.)
- EL GALLO – PINATAS, ACCESSORIES, MUSIC, CANDY
- SUMIRAN’S COUTURE: INDIAN/ASIAN JEWELRY AND CLOTHING
- EVENTOS: INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC PREVIEWS BY GAMES TRACKER INTERNATIONAL
- NATIVE AMERICAN ART BY NAKOMA VOLKMAN
- THAI DESIGN – HANDBAGS, FASHION ACCESSORIES, KIDS’ CRAFT FROM THAILAND
- CHARLES PERKINS JEWELRY
- INDIGENOUS WORLD – DRESSES, SCARVES, HANDBAGS, JEWELRY
- USBORNE BOOKS
- ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL DANCE STUDIO INFORMATION