Sunday, 06 May 2012 15:16

The 6th Annual International Children’s Festival, May 6, 2012

The 6th Annual International Children’s Festival

Click here to download the program (*.PDF, 7.0MB)

When: Sunday, May 6, 2012
from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Where: The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Free Admission

The International Children’s Festival is an interactive, educational event that allows children of all ages to travel the world in a single day. More than 20 Embassies host educational booths that highlight their countries’ rich cultural heritage, expose participants to international customs, and provide an important global perspective. The Festival is hosted by Meridian International Center and THIS for Diplomats, in partnership with Cultural Tourism DC and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Now in its sixth year, the new Ronald Reagan Building venue provides additional capacity, Metro access, and brings the event downtown just steps away from the White House and National Mall. A highlight of Meridian’s educational outreach program, the Festival provides vital and unique programming—free of charge—to children and their parents.



  • 20+ Educational booths hosted by foreign embassy representatives
  • Up to 10,000 Festival attendees from DC and the surrounding area
  • Traditional dance and music performances by local and international groups
  • An international children’s parade featuring the traditional dress of the participating countries

Educational Opportunities

Set in the centrally located Ronald Reagan Building, the Festival connects members of the diplomatic corps with DC youth and their families in a meaningful and entertaining forum that promotes international understanding through the exchange of ideas, people, and culture. Children and their families learn about different countries and cultures through interactive embassy booth displays. Educational opportunities include:

  • Tutorials in world geography
  • Exciting cultural displays and hands-on activities
  • Introduction to the traditional dress of different countries
  • Lessons on cultural traditions, crafts, and games
  • Opportunity to sample world cuisine
  • International dance and world music performances

Embassy Participation

Our embassy partners create and run educational booths that encourage cultural learning about their countries and the world at large. Each booth focuses on stimulating the five senses in knowledge acquisition. They showcase artifacts and provide crafts and activities designed to engage all guests. Embassy representatives from each country are present to answer questions and interact with attendees.

Performance Groups

  • Carpathia Folk Dance Ensemble
  • FC Pachamama presented by the Embassy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia
  • German School Washington, DC presented by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Happenstance Theatre presented by Alliance Française de Washington, DC
  • Karabakh Foundation Dancers
  • Kesem presented by the Embassy of Israel
  • Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington DC
  • O'Neill-James School of Irish Dancing
  • Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra (PVYSO) presented by the Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Rumah Gadang Group – USA
  • Umanda Weerasinghe