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International Children's Friendship Festival

An annual cultural event, The International Children’s Friendship Festival will be held on April 14th and 15th at the Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion. Since 2010, this event recognizes children and youth all over the world. The festival is organized by the Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington.

The parliament that governs Turkey was formed on April 23rd 1920, which is known as the birth of Modern Turkey. With the belief that the future of a new nation was only possible through investing in its children, founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk declared April 23rd to be celebrated as both National Sovereignty Day and Children’s Day.

At this event, you will find children representing various nationalities through music, dancing and art. Aside from stage performances, the festival will feature activities for arts, crafts and presentations. Over the years, the festival has had the opportunity to host guest performers from Republic of Seychelles, Mongolia and Mexico. The festival is proud to give the children the opportunity to learn about different backgrounds and develop friendships with one another. Though the event is volunteer-run, it has become well-known and sees an increasing number of new children every year. Whether you are a participant or just joining in on the celebration, you will feel the positive energy from the Seattle community at the International Children’s Friendship Festival. The event is free and open to the public.

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