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8th annual Cleveland Multicultural Holiday Celebration
International Community Council
Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN)
December 6, 2017

The mission of the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) is to "Celebrate Cleveland’s multicultural communities through collaboration and cooperation on initiatives that promote the prosperity of the region and its diverse people".

One of the most popular of ICC-WIN's activities is the annual Multicultural Holiday Party. The 2017 event, held at the Global Center for Health Innovation, was the 8th annual party. Hundreds of people from dozens of diverse backgrounds gathered to sample international foods, watch performances, view an international fashion show and meet and socialize with others.

Here are some highlights. Be sure to click on the links to see all the photos and videos from the evening.

ICC-WIN president Ken Kovach welcomed the crowd and then event chair Mehmet Gencer continued the introduction.

NOTE: All the images below with a white arrow in the middle are videos. (The other images are just photos) You can click on the white arrow to watch the video of whatever is described. Make sure your speakers are on and you can make the video full screen once it begins by clicking the icon in the lower right corner.



Ken Kovach

Ken Kovach

Mehmet Gencer

Mehmet Gencer


While attendees sampled foods from Cleveland Tiffin (Indian), Dragon Light (Vietnamese), Empress Taytu (Ethiopian), Gintaras (Lithuanian), Kan Zaman (Middle Eastern), Li Wah (Chinese) and Sabor Miami Latin American Cafe (Honduran) they visited some information tables in the atrium.

Li Wah

Li Wah

Empress Taytu

Empress Taytu

Sabor Miami Latin American Cafe

Sabor Miami Latin American Cafe

Kan Zaman

Kan Zaman

Dragon Light

Dragon Light


Gintaras

Gintaras


I am so sorry that the photo of Cleveland Tiffin was corrupt. The tandoori chicken and samosas were excellent.

Soon, the performances (Chaired by Nada Martinovic) began.

The entertainment began with a performance by Afrique, drummers from Senegal. 3 generations (father, son and grandfather)performed: Papa Assane, Mbaye Momar and Don Davis.



Afrique, drummers from Senegal

In this video the group taught the audience how to say thank you as part of the performance. ICC-WIN board member Alassane Fall is from Senegal and did an impromptu dance.



Afrique, drummers from Senegal


This is the finale of the Senegalese drummers performance.



The second performance was from Mana from Hula Fusion who gave a taste of Polynesia. Mana is from the Island of Saipan and performed a Hawaiian war dance.



Mana from Hula Fusion

Mana from Hula Fusion


Next was the Tewe Tewe dance.



Mana from Hula Fusion


The grand finale was a New Zealand dance with poi balls that Mana calls Electric Poi.



Mana from Hula Fusion poi balls dance


The third performance was by St. Cecilia Mariachi Band

They started with this classic Mexican song.



St. Cecilia Mariachi Band

St. Cecilia Mariachi Band


The popular Cielito Lindo was next.



The audience danced along to La Bamba.



St. Cecilia Mariachi Band


The finale was the classic Christmas song, Feliz Navidad.



St. Cecilia Mariachi Band

The last performance was by PIAST Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble of the PRCUA. First they performed Czerwone Jabluszko (Red Apple) and featured vocal soloist Claudia Lesisz.



PIAST POlish folk ensemble

The next dance was Hej, na Krakowskim Rynku.



PIAST ended with Lajkonik Dance and Krakowiak.



PIAST POlish folk ensemble


Then came the moment everyone was waiting for - the International Fashion Show featuring almost 100 models from about 30 countries.

International Fashion Show

You can see photos and videos of the colorful traditional clothing worn by the models on the Fashion Show - Page 1 and Fashion Show - Page 2

Congratulations to Event Chair Mehmet Gencer and his committee of Anita Kazarian, Murat Gurer, Gia Hoa Ryan, Nada Martinovic, Radhika Reddy, Dan Hanson, Lisa Wong, Ken Kovach and Pierre Bejjani for a wonderful evening showcasing the diversity of Cleveland. See you December 5, 2018 for the 9th annual party.

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Fashion Show - Page 1

Fashion Show - Page 2

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