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2014 Reston Multicultural Festival Performers And Activities Announced

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RESTON, VA — Each fall, the Reston community is invited to “Discover the World”, at the Reston Multicultural Festival. 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. The 2014 Reston Multicultural Festival returns to Lake Anne Plaza on Saturday, September 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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. The World Stage, Global Stage and the Gallery Stage will feature an all-day series of free performances representing many of the world’s cultures. Fans of dance will enjoy Russian, Spanish, Persian, Indian, Chinese, and Burmese dances, among others. Numerous musicians performing a variety of world music styles will also appear. Two of the National Heritage Fellows will join the festivities this year: Ukrainian embroiderer/bead artist Vera Nakonechny and percussionist Elaine Hoffman Watts with the Fabulous Schpiekles.

In addition to performances, the Festival will feature an array of arts and crafts activities for the entire family. Participants can create their own origami cranes that will be a part of a large sculpture that will take shape over the course of the Festival. Creative kids can make henna magnets, sushi plate suns, friendship bracelets, and more.

Returning to this year’s Festival is the Multicultural Book Fair. The Fair will highlight award-winning books that re-tell the tales that built the foundations of the world’s cultures.

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 runs through October 5. It features works from local artists who were asked how art mirrors culture in their work. In the 3-D Gallery, three-dimensional artworks in a variety of media – including ceramics, sculpture, mosaics, stained glass and wood work will be on display until November 21.

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 www.restoncommunitycenter.com



Where: Lake Anne Plaza
1609-A Washington Plaza
Reston, VA 20190
When: Saturday, September 27, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Parking: Off-site Parking is available at Brown’s Chapel, and the Tzu Chi Foundation. All are within a short walking distance to the Festival site.



The Reston Multicultural Festival is presented by Reston Community Center, hosted by the Lake Anne Plaza, and co-sponsored by Reston Association, Lake Anne of Reston Condominium Association, and The Lake Anne Merchants Association with partners
from a variety of Reston-based organizations and businesses.

Schedule of Events
Saturday, September 27 – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

World Stage

11:00 a.m. Festival Welcome
Beverly A. 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
The Honorable Gerry Connolly United States House of Representatives
Naturalization Ceremony
Welcome Sarah Taylor, 
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Presentation of Colors South Lakes HS JROTC
Star Spangled Banner

Catherine Evans 
South Lakes HS Chorus

Presentation of Candidates

Kimberly Zanotti, USCIS Washington Field Office Director

Oath of Allegiance Sarah Taylor
Pledge of Allegiance Ellen Graves, Reston Association
Keynote Address
God Bless America Beverly A. Cosham
Release of Doves Cornucopia Farms
Processional from World Stage to Global Stage Alma Boliviana
Entertainment Schedule
1:00 p.m.

Elaine Hoffman Watts    
National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow Klezmer Music

2:00 p.m.

Christylez Bacon-Washington Sound Museum with Wytold and Nitsha Raj 
Cross-Cultural Collaborative Music Experience

2:55 p.m.

Angel Roman
Middle Eastern Dance

3:30 p.m.

Kalavaridhi Dance
Indian Classical Dance

4:10 p.m.

Khinezin Win
Burmese (Myanmar Dance)

5:00 p.m.


Closing Remarks

Global Stage

12:15 p.m. Tom Teasley
US Cultural Ambassador for Percussion
1:10 p.m. Shaolin Temple
Chinese Martial Arts
1:45 p.m.

Indian Classical Dance

2:20 p.m. Furia Flamenca
Flamenco Dance
3:00 p.m Ta’Ta RoiRoi
Tahitian Dance and music
3:40 p.m

Born 2 Dance
Latin, Hip Hop, and Belly Dance

4:15 p.m Nomad Dancers
Dances from ancient Persia and Central Asia
5:15 p.m.

Ocho de Bastos
Latin Pop Rock

Gallery Stage (RCC Lake Anne)

12:30 p.m. Traveling Players
The Love of Three Oranges by Carlo Gozzi, Italy
1:45 p.m. Summertime Music Club
Chinese Opera and Dance
2:45 p.m.

Northern Virginia Ukulele Ensemble 
Hawaiin Music and Dance

3:30 p.m.

Cool McFinn
Traditional Irish Music and Songs

4:45 p.m.

Russian Folk Dances and Songs

5:20 p.m.

Satarra Johnson
Tahitian Hula Dance

Art Room

12:30 p.m.

Vera Nakonechny
National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow
Ukranian Embroidery

2:30 p.m.

Kati Andresen
Ukranian Egg Decorating

4:30 p.m.

Japanese Conversation and Cultural Club
Japanese Origami                    

Ongoing Activities inside RCC Lake Anne

Book Fair in Jo Ann Rose Gallery

Treat your children (or tap your inner child) to a selection of delightful and beautiful books for sale at our third annual Multicultural Children’s Book Fair.

Volunteer Check In

Performer Dressing Rooms

Jo Ann Rose Gallery – Art Mirrors Culture Reston Multicultural Festival
Intergenerational Exhibit
September 3 – October 5
This compelling exhibit features area artists’ artworks that reflect their cultural heritage. Korea, India, Russia, Africa (Guyna) and Burma are just some of the countries represented in the exhibit.

Multicultural Book Fair – Treat your children (or tap your inner child) to a selection of
delightful and beautiful books for sale at our annual Multicultural Children’s Book Fair.

3D Gallery
Art Mirrors Culture Reston Multicultural Festival Intergenerational Exhibit September 3 – November 21
During this three-month exhibit, area artists are exhibiting three-dimensional pieces in a
variety of media – including ceramics, sculpture, mosaics, stained glass and wood work– to celebrate the many facets of culture.

Family Arts & Crafts Activities
Origami cranes – will form a large public sculpture over the course of the festival.
Friendship Bracelets
African Trading Bead Necklaces
Sushi Plate Suns
Henna magnets

Global Cafe

A Southern Fish Fry
Fried Fish, Fried Shrimp, French Fries, North Carolina Barbecue Ribs

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

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

Lake Anne Market
Hispanic & Honduran food-Beleadas, tacos

Reston Association
Hot Dogs, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Chips

Pollo Peru 
Peruvian charcoal rottisserie chicken

Global Market

Arts of Asia
Fair trade handicrafts from Thailand, Burma, Bali, and Afghanistan: silk, lacquer, silver, jade, wood products and clothing

Peruvian Trend Co.
Fine and unique handcrafts and accessories made by Peruvian artisans who are all women

Tareebo Jewelry Design
Bolivian jewelry, jewelry boxes, knit items, bags and accessories

Craft Indulgence
Handcrafted clothes and accessories from India: tunics, handbags, scarves, slippers and home linens.

Kayvee International Inc.
Ethnic Indian dresses, shawls, pashminas and accessories.

E3Kids International
Fair trade and Kenyan made products that benefit a school for impoverished students in Kenya: wood carvings, bowls, salad spoons drums, fabric wraps, bags, cases, jewelry and leather items.

Accessories That Make the Outfit
Unique jewelry and handbags from Thailand and Vietnam

Inca Sun Import & Export
Sterling silver jewelry, leather and textile bags, purses, backpacks and other accessories

Hand made paper products from Sri Lanka & Vietnam

Percy’s Dresses
Custom made Afrocentric and contemporary garments

Photospeak Productions
Global images on high gloss metal photographs

Babylon Jewelry
Hand made original designs from an Iraqi artist

Original mixed media art on wood panels from a German artist

Milagros Pongo
Original art from Peruvian Artist

Community Organizations

  • Amnesty International
  • Al Fatih Academy
  • Northern Virginia Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
  • Hunter Mill District-Supervisor Cathy Hudgins
  • Fairfax County Human Rights & Equity Programs
  • Fairfax County Communications Policy and Regulation Division
  • Fairfax County Police Dept.-Citizens Police Academy
  • Fairfax County Department of Transportation
  • Connections 2015: Shaping the Bus Network
  • Reston Lions Club
  • Cornerstones
  • League of Women Voters
  • AARP
  • Fuerza Contra Alzheimer’s


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 www.restoncommunitycenter.com 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 Reston Community Center at (703) 476-4500, Virginia Relay (800) 828-1120 (TTY) or visit the website athttp://www.restoncommunitycenter.com. Reston Community Center is located at 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA 20191. 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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