5,000 Expected at International Spring Festival

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24th Annual Multicultural Event to Add Student Affairs Program and Fraud-Watch Program

Attendees enjoy the display on Gabone at the International Spring Festival, Lansdale, PA

“We are proud of the International Spring Festival for its commitment to promoting diversity and celebrating the cultural mosaic of Montgomery County,” said Josh Shapiro, Chairman Montgomery County Commission.

The 24th annual International Spring Festival will be held April 18, 2015, at North Penn High School in Lansdale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival celebrates the region’s diversity through the visual, culinary and performing arts.

This year’s festival features live entertainment and performances on two stages, an international food court, over 100 display tables including 30 nationality exhibits, a health fair and international vendors. Admission and parking are free.

“We are proud of the International Spring Festival for its commitment to promoting diversity and celebrating the cultural mosaic of Montgomery County,” said Josh Shapiro, Chairman Montgomery County Commission.

There are many fun and educational activities for children, including trying on cultural costumes and playing musical instruments from various countries. Kids can also create art and win prizes for completing the Passport Program, through which they learn facts about different countries.

New for 2015, a Student Affairs program is being added, designed to bring cultural awareness to the post-millennial generation. New partnerships have been developed with local area high school history and world language departments to assist in the rollout of the new program. Multiple activities for older students have been created, such as scavenger hunts targeting government, history, education and culture. Teachers are also participating by offering their students other assignments, with grading geared toward various types of participation in the festival.

“The goal of the International Spring Festival is to celebrate the diversity of the area in a fun way, while sharing knowledge through art, music, food and educational activities. We promote peace and acceptance in our community and throughout the entire region,” said Dr. Francis Jeyaraj, one of the founders of the festival. “What started as a single-day event has grown into a universal message to be delivered to our various communities,” added Faith Philip, chair of special events.

Collaborators in the event include Lansdale Library; North Penn School District; Abington Health; Christopher Dock Mennonite High School; and WNPV. Financial sponsors include Comcast; AARP; Merck & Co.; PDC Machine; North Penn United Way; Univest Bank & Trust; QNB Bank; Harleysville Savings Bank; Wells Fargo Advisors LLC; Allergy & Asthma Specialists, PC; American Heritage Bank; Taiwanese Association; Children’s Learning Center; and VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn. On-going in-kind supporters are Montgomery County Community College; Crayola; and Hatfield Quality Meats.

The Festival continues to expand its mission and has developed strategic partnerships with Montgomery County Commissioners, Pearl S. Buck International, Microsoft, and the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board.

For more information, http://www.internationalspringfestival.com.

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