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STAR COLLEGE Displays talent in America to promote international peace

The Star College IFLC team embarked on a journey to America for two weeks to attend the International Festival of Language and Culture in Washington DC.   The International Festival of Language and Culture (IFLC) sprouts seeds of hope, in celebration of rich diversity and intercultural dialogue, with its 14th annual language and culture festival, “Beautiful Colors of the World” held this year. It showcased both the rich multicultural diversity of our world, as well as the boundless talent of our youth. The IFLC drew participants from over 160 countries across the globe, with over 1000 student performers at events worldwide, with Washington, DC being one of many cities co-hosting this international event.  The learners exhibited their cultural traditions through poetry, song and dance, in an expression of friendship, and hope for the future.   Star College Principal Mr Osman Karaayvaz and Deputy, Mr Zafer Zor, accompanied our student Njabulo XHAKAZA on this once in a life time experience.   The first show took the stage on the 27 April 2016 at the Cannon House Office Building, Caucus Room to entertain congressional staffers as well as Members of Congress with their vibrant, talented performances.     The second show was held on the 28th April 2016 at DAR , Constitutional Hall.   Andi Garcia served as the master of ceremonies for the event. Several government officials and ambassadors could also be spotted in the audience. The event drew more than 100 young performers from over 15 countries, including Albania, Australia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, India, Paraguay, Romania, South Africa, Venezuela and the United States, to this year’s festival in Washington DC to exhibit their cultural traditions through spoken word, song and dance, in an expression of friendship, and hope for the future.  The night was topped off with a message from President Obama released from the White House:   “The rich cultures and unique histories of our global society are brought to life through mesmerizing dance and captivating performance. In demonstrating the traditions that make your heritage special, festivals like this one allow us to bear witness to the ways hope and beauty stem from songs of inclusion. Your efforts to unite young people from across the globe reflect the power our common humanity has to transcend what sets us apart.   As you come together to celebrate the cultural mosaic that is our world and forge bonds of friendship, I wish you all the best.”  President Barack Obama’s message to IFLC … #IFLC2016         Lastly the tour visited New York and the White House. The final show took place at the United Nations Building in New York on the 29th April 2016.  Mr Zafer Zor expresses that “the USA is an awesome country and that they were really impressed by our South African Njabulo’s song, “Waka Waka.”.  UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon sent a message to all of the learners, “I am delighted to greet the International Festival on Language and Culture. I commend the Peace Islands Institute for making this meeting possible and bringing young people from 27 countries together to discuss and celebrate our cultural and linguistic diversity.”  The highlight of the event was Senator Thom Tillis (NC) taking a selfie with some students, after which other guests in the audience started doing the same. This resulted in numerous selfies being tweeted out, which drew positive responses from the social media in the U.S., as well as the rest of the world.   The IFCL was an experience never to be forgotten for both the learners and the organisors at hand.     Pic 3231 US Congressman Rick Nolan, Njabulo XHAKAZA and principal Mr Osman Karaayvaz
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