First International Festival includes dance, food and more in Crestview

festival dancers

From left, Davidson Middle School students Tatiana R. Kenkel, Johniel Hernandez, Arabhesky S. Estribi, Bryan Smith, Ashley N. Montaña, Jose E. Rodriguez, Sheindel Smith and Jimelvin Rodriguez model their traditional costumes before performing a Sept. 24 evening Hispanic folklore dance.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 13:25 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Organizers of the community's first International Festival invite area ethnic and cultural organizations to represent their countries and heritage at the Oct. 25 event.

The festival, sponsored by the Okaloosa School District, will feature cultural music, dancing, educational presentations, displays and food samples, organizer Blanca Galindo said.

"Our superintendent, Mary Beth Jackson, is very supportive of embracing other cultures," Galindo said. "We are inviting the community and people of every culture in the area."

Galindo, a native of Colombia, works in student intervention services and the school's English for Speakers of Other Languages program at Davidson Middle School.

She said the festival, which is open to adults and students, will also incorporate a Hispanic heritage celebration, "but it's going to be a melting pot, just like the United States."

Interactive and cultural displays will represent Japan, China, Russia, the Ukraine, the Philippines, France, Germany, countries from Central and South America, and Crestview's French Sister City, Noirmoutier-en-l'Île, Galindo said.

Embracing diversity, preserving traditions



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