Wellesley Multicultural Festival 2021

Start: 2021-04-10 17:30:00 UTC Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-04:00)

End: 2021-04-10 19:30:00 UTC Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-04:00)

This is a virtual event

The Wellesley Multicultural Festival (WMCF) is a town-wide, annual event, organized in partnership with Wellesley Public Schools which raises important questions for citizens, public administrators, and political leaders by asking for recognition of and respect for cultural differences. Every year the community engages in a growth mindset by organizing and participating this event. Growing and learning in a multicultural, brave and safe space-environment yields (in particular for K-12th grade children) a greater understanding of others’ beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. With this knowledge of others, the Wellesley community experiences and practices higher levels of interpersonal and social skills and through understanding various cultures and social groups, students are able to make connections from their own lives to the lives of their peers and thrive in a diverse world. The Wellesley Multicultural Festival is town-wide, free registration and remains inclusive of all Wellesley residents- multi-heritage and multigenerational. The WMCF is in keeping with the core values of Wellesley Public Schools and the World of Wellesley.

Please choose your breakout session under each Tier time slot. Please register for only one program per person as programs in each Tier will run simultaneously. Please arrive on time and remember to mute yourself. A few presenters are Zooming in live from overseas to make this program possible. Parents, kindly accompany your K-5 children. In each Tier, every session will run for thirty minutes- ten minutes presentation, ten minutes Q&A and ten minutes bio-break. When the session ends, everyone will return to the main room. Registration deadline is April 8 and first come, first serve.

5:30 PM Christina Horner Co-President of WOW – Welcome and introduction

Tier 1 Programs

5:45 - 6:15 PM

Culture/PresenterProgram TitleDescription
China - Haihong"Chinese is Easy to Learn"
Chinese is easy to learn especially for Pre-K children, through song! Join this session to experience it! Parents please join in.
Palestine - Anais"Palestine"Learn about Palestine. Appropriate for K-5 students and parents
Brazil - Nathalie"Brazil"Learn about Brazil. Appropriate for K-5 students and parents
China - Min"Wellesley Middle School Chinese Class"Presentations and games about Chinese culture and Chinese Yo yo demonstration! Appropriate for K-5 students with parents and 6-8th graders.
Brazil - Rose"Brazil"Share Brazilian culture and sing a song in Portuguese for Pre-K with parents

India - Priya"Celebrate Holi"Holi is a popular festival known as the "festival of colors" from India, is celebrated annually welcoming the spring season and signifies the triumph of good over evil. Come hear a story read in rhyme about how the festival came to be and its cultural significance. Great for K-8 students with parents.

Korea - Stella "Korean Story and Song"Read a story and sing a song in Korean. Appropriate for Pre-K and K-5 students with parents
American South - Henri"Poetry Analysis: The Old South and its Historical Malinvestment in Labor"Analyze an original poem and discuss its take on historical missteps, systems and strategies of the old South. Appropriate for 9-12th graders and adults
Iran - Vanda "Presentation by a 3rd Grader"Norouz, the Iranian/Persians New Year Celebrations. Appropriate for K-8 graders, all ages are welcome

Tier 2 Programs
6:15 - 6:45 PM
Culture/PresenterProgram TitleDescription
India - Rajini and Priya"Bollywood Dance"Music and dance are integral to South Asian culture, celebrations and festivals such as Holi- the festival of colors. Bollywood (India's Hollywood) has many group-dances, Holi songs! Come dance with us and bring any questions you may have! Appropriate for all ages.
Indigenous - Christina"Indigenous Hip Hop Fest"Music is international! Join our music video party, and learn about the life, joys and struggles of various different Indigenous nations through some of hip hop's leading Indigenous artists. Appropriate for all ages.
Africa - Grieta"African Safari"What's on Safari? Join this session to find out!
China - Ceida"Chinese Yo Yo" Watch a video of Wellesley students Yo yo and bring your questions! Appropriate for K-5 and parents. All ages welcome
Russia - Elena and Arina"The Everyday Life of Russian Serfs"During this presentation, you'll find out what was the most important object in the house, why the diet of serfs was not the healthiest one, which things a person had to do in order to be considered accomplished and hear about other aspects of everyday life of Russian serfs. Appropriate for all ages.
African American - Tanya"Poetry Reading and Discussion"Read and discuss “I Dream A World” by Langston Hughes and "Where The Mind Is Without Fear" by Rabindranath Tagore.
Tier 3 Programs 6:45-7:15 PM
Culture/PresenterProgram TitleDescription
China - Julinna"Field Trip to the Temple of Heaven"Come see this ancient Temple and the science behind the building as well as experience the culture and the faith. Appropriate for all ages.
Indigenous - Joan and Maya "Indigenous People TikTok"Native people love to laugh at ourselves and, especially, at settler stereotypes. Come join us for a hilarious selection from Native TikTok. Appropriate for all ages.
Disabilities - Ellice"Abilities Dance Boston"Watch a dance program and discuss its cultural significance.
Korea - WHS Korean Club "Korean Culture"Find out what you don't know about Korean tradition, food, holidays, school, traditional instruments and more! Appropriate for all ages.
India - Smitha"NATyA Dance Collective: Poseidon, Earth Shaker"NATyA Dance Collective presents Poseidon: Earth Shaker- a piece that narrates the story of the Greek god of the sea through the Indian classical dance form, Bharatanatyam. NATyA presents Bharatanatyam to diverse audiences by leveraging original choreography, storytelling, and innovative music. Appropriate for all ages.

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