Reston Community Center


For Immediate Release: September 11, 2012


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RESTON, VA — The Reston community will once again enjoy the opportunity to "Discover the World", as the Reston Multicultural Festival returns to Lake Anne Plaza on Saturday, September 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This signature Reston event honors the diversity that is one of the community's greatest assets, and brings to life the vision that Reston founder Robert E. Simon had for this unique place. Attendees are encouraged to dress in native attire and share the uniqueness of their cultural roots.

The Festival will open with a Naturalization Ceremony, where America's newest citizens will take the Oath of Allegiance and continues its tradition of presenting a "melting pot" of free entertainment programs for the entire family. The World Stage, Global Stage, and Jo Ann Rose Gallery will feature an all-day series of performances representing many of the world’s cultures. Fans of dance will enjoy Spanish, Persian, Uzbek, Indian, Chinese, and Burmese dances, among others. Numerous musical performers will also appear, performing a variety of world music styles. The Traveling Players Ensemble returns to the Jo Ann Rose Gallery, along with a series of book readers and storytellers who will bring their different experiences to life.

In addition to performances, the Festival will feature an array of arts and crafts activities for the entire family. Participants can create their own Henna magnets, pinch pots, friendship bracelets, and more.

New at this year's Festival is the first annual Multicultural Book Fair. The Fair will highlight books suggested by authors who have appeared at the CenterStage Reston Community Center, Reston educators, and award winning books written by authors with a variety of cultural perspectives.

As part of the Festival, Reston Community Center Lake Anne is featuring Art Mirrors Culture, the Reston Multicultural Festival Intergenerational Art Exhibit. The Exhibit, currently on display at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery and 3-D Gallery, runs through September 30. It features works from local artists who were asked how art mirrors culture in their work. On the day of the Festival, the 3-D Gallery will also feature sand paintings by Reston artist Marco Rando.

Attendees can enjoy culturally diverse foods at the Global Café or shop in the Global Market and take home a memento from artisans' work from neighboring lands. With a vast array of performing arts, family activities, ethnic cuisine and global arts and crafts, there will be something for everyone to enjoy! A complete schedule of events follows below.

For more information contact BeBe Nguyen (703) 390-6145 or visit our website at

Where: Lake Anne Plaza
1609-A Washington Plaza
Reston, VA 20190
When: Saturday, September 22, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Parking: Off-site Parking is available at the Lake Anne & Forest Edge Elementary Schools, Brown's Chapel, and the Tzu Chi Foundation. All are within a short walking distance to the Festival site.

The Reston Multicultural Festival is sponsored by the Reston Community Center and co-sponsored by the Reston Association, Lake Anne of Reston Condominium Association, and The Lake Anne Merchants Association with support from many other community organizations and businesses.

Schedule of Events
Saturday, September 22 - 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

World Stage

(Please Note: Performers and times are subject to change)

11:00 a.m. Festival Welcome
Beverly Cosham Chair, RCC Board of Governors
Ken Kneuven President, Reston Association
Catherine M. Hudgins Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Sharon Bulova Chair, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
11:00 a.m. Naturalization Ceremony
12:30 p.m. H.K. Lee Tae Kwon Do Academy
Korean Martial Arts
1:05 p.m. Nomad Dancers
Persian, Uzbek, Gypsy, Uighur, Azeri, Tajik Dances
1:45 p.m. Northern Virginia Ukulele Ensemble
Hawaiian music
2:30 p.m. Michael Keale
Hawaiian music and dance
3:15 p.m. Kalavaridhi Dance
Indian Classical Dance
4:00 p.m. Summertime Music Club
Chinese Opera and Dance
5:00 p.m. Oasis

Global Stage

12:15 p.m. Step Afrika!
A Dance Tradition Created by
African American College Students
1:15 p.m. Furia Flamanca
Spanish Dance
2:00 p.m. Shaolin Temple USA
Chinese Martial Arts and Spiritual Wellness
2:45 p.m. Khinezin Thu Win
Burmese (Myanmar) Dance
3:15 p.m. Gin Dance
Asian influenced modern dance
4:00 p.m. Solomian and Andrei
Kaleidoscope of World Music
4:45 p.m. Nrityaki Dance
Indian Classical Dance

RCC Lake Anne

12:30 p.m. Traveling Players
“The Blue Monster” by Carlos Gazzi
2:00 p.m. Diane Macklin
African Storytelling
3:00 p.m. Book Reading
for children
3:00 p.m. Step Afrika! dance workshops
3:30 p.m. Book Reading
for children
4:00 p.m. Dovie Thomason
Stories of the First Nations
4:00 p.m. Step Afrika! dance workshops
5:00 p.m. Book Reading
for children

Multicultural Book Fair

Treat your children (or tap your inner child) to a selection of delightful and beautiful books for sale at our first annual Multicultural Children's Book Fair. Featured books include titles suggested by authors who have appeared at the CenterStage at Reston Community Center, Reston educators, and award winning books.

Sand Painting Exhibit

Reston artist Marco Rando will transfix your attention with the beautiful art of sand painting inside RCC Lake Anne’s 3D Gallery. This ancient art form has been incorporated into cultures from across the globe.

Global Cafe

I Love Thai Restaurant
Vegetable Pad Thai, Grilled Basil Chili Chicken or Pork, Vegetable Fried Rice, Vegetable Drunken Noodles, Vegetable Spring Roll, Shrimp in the Blanket, Longan Tea, Thai Iced Tea, Fresh Lemonade

Reston Association
Hot Dogs, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Chips

B & L Nguyen
Egg Rolls, Coconut Shrimp Tempura, Coconut Jelly, Caramel Flan, Desserts

Naked Pizza
Cheese and Pepperoni Pizza

Sid's Kitchen
Chicken Biryani, Vegetable Biryani, Chicken Shawarma & Bread, Vegetable Samosa

Saleh's Treats
Ice Cream treats

2012 Global Market

Arts of Asia
Silks, jewelry, toys, from Burma, Indonesia & Thailand

Craft Indulgence
Handcrafted linens, clothing & accessories

Kayvee International Inc.
Indian tunics, dresses, shawls, scarves & Pashminas

Peruvian Trend
Peruvian dolls, scarves, sweater, etc.

Accessories That Make the Outfit
Jewelry and Handbags from overseas

E3Kids International
Hand Made Kenyan products in support of a school for orphans in Mombasa, Kenya

Inca Sun Import & Export
Bolivian, Equador, Peru and Columbian products of Sterling Silver, wool, and leather

Tin Moe Thu
Burmese handcrafts and shirts with Burmese cultural images

Tareebo Jewelry Design
Bolivian bags and products

Community Organizations

  • Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins
  • Fairfax County Human Rights & Equity Programs
  • Fairfax County Cable and Consumer Services
  • Fairfax County Citizens Police Academy
  • Reston Lions Club
  • Reston Interfaith
  • National Council of Negro Women-Reston Dulles Section
  • Guhyasamaja Buddhist Center
  • League of Women Voters
  • Al Fatih Academy
  • One Million Bones

About the Reston Community Center

Each year RCC offers more than 2,000 positive, self-development experiences that enhance the quality of life for all people living and working in Reston. RCC provides a wide range of programs in arts, aquatics, enrichment, fitness and life-long learning. We also create and sustain community traditions through special events, outreach activities and facility rentals. To find the programs or events that are right for you, visit or call 703-476-4500.

Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. For further information, contact the Reston Community Center at (703) 476-4500, Virginia Relay (800) 828-1120 (TTY) or visit the website at The Reston Community Center is located at 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA 20191. The Reston Community Center is completely accessible to persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


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