The International Multicultural Festival is a tradition that was started 12 years ago to celebrate and honor our diverse cultures and embrace the common ties that unite us. We come together through the inspirational talent and expression in song, dance, acting and poetry of our children, and with the wonderful contributions of delicious hand made food from the various cultures in our broad Rooftop community.
On the day of the festival, students perform their acts, and the whole school tries out bite size morsels of food made by the families of their classmates. The Mayeda campus has tables from each continent in the yard. First each class from K to 4th grade, comes and tries a few samples of food from the tables, sits down in the amphitheater, and watches a very entertaining show by their peers. We always have one professional act to set the tone, this year (2011) Abada Capoeira S.F.
The first half of performances (Act 1) runs from approximately 9:45-11:30am and is for K-8th grades. At 11:30 grades K-4 walk back to Burnett. After lunch, grades 5-8 continue to watch the second half of the IF performances.
The IF is meant to be a day of celebration and empowerment, recognition and building self confidence through creative expression — and of course really good food!