What do you get when you combine Seattle, the 1920s Turkish government, traditional art from all over the world and a bunch of kids from different countries? You get the International Children’s Friendship Festival which will take place in Seattle from April 10-11 at the Fisher Pavilion.
The festival is organized by a non-profit organization called the Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington (TACAWA for short) whose idea is to bring together children from all over the world to share their cultures, customs and art. With this festival, they are bringing all of this positive energy and a very noble idea to the city of Seattle and the state of Washington.
The idea of the festival dates back to the 1920 when the newly-formed “democratic” and secular Turkish parliament came up with the idea to mark April 23rd, the date when the modern Turkey was formed, as a Children’s Day. Since 2010, the International Children’s Friendship Festival is being held in Washington.
One of the best things about this particular festival is that it is run by children, with performances by children from all over the globe, showing off their ethnic heritages, cultures and art.
For example, only this year, the countries that are taking place include: Mexico, Philippines, Republic of China, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Cambodia, Korea, Urkey, Russia, India, Peru, children of the Quinault Indian Nation, Ahiska Turks.
It is truly a one-of-a-kind festival that brings the best of the entire world to Seattle.