Vermont International Festival School Day

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School Day at the 24th Annual Vermont International Festival - Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Schools are invited to bring student groups to the Vermont International Festival on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm at the Champlain Valley Exposition (Robert E. Miller Building), Route 15/Pearl Street, Essex Junction, Vermont.  Pre-Registration (PDF - Word) is required to participate. School Day FAQ. smiling girls

The festival is a celebration of crafts and cultures with an exhibition of international crafts and other gifts from countries around the globe, ethnic cuisine, country exhibits, hands-on demonstrations, music, dance and other participatory events.

Performances and participatory workshops in dancing, music-making and crafts are offered all day. 

CRAFTS such as traditional Andean knitwear from Peru, hand-carved stone sculptures from Zimbabwe, hand woven baskets from Ghana and Zimbabwe, pottery from Poland, Tibetan rugs, origami crane ornaments, wooden dolls from Russia, amber from the Baltics and much more. FOODS from Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Jamaica, Africa, East Asia and elsewhere. PERFORMANCES including African drumming, Franco-American music, Irish dancers, belly dancers, bagpipers, story telling and more. All will provide students with an opportunity to learn more about other cultures. Crafts, gifts and food will be available for purchase at prices designed to be affordable to students.

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2016 Performance Schedule

The Festival brings you traditional music and dance from all over the world on the Main Stage and Gazebo Stage as well as fun and educational All Day Activities.

Look for wandering musician Rik Palieri, the Polish Piper, as he roams the Festival throughout the day.

Main Stage

Friday - School Day Stage Manager: David Carpenter. Sound: Jason Horne
Time Performer Performance
9:30WontanaraWest African Drum
10:00A2VTAfrican inspired Rap and Song
10:30St Andrews Pipe and DrumHighland Pipes of Scotland
11:00Green Mountain Korean Cultural SchoolKorean Drums
11:30DSantos VTSalsa Dance with a touch of Kizomba
12:00WontanaraWest African Drum
12:30A2VTAfrican inspired Rap and Song
1:00DSantos VTSalsa Dance with a touch of Kizomba
1:30Rik PalieriCowboy Songs
Spirit WingNative American Songs
2:00David Carpenter, April Werner & Brian PerkinsNew England Music

Gazebo Stage

Friday - School Day M.C./Stage Manager: Marianna Holzer. Sound: Ben Bergstein
Time Performer Performance
9:00Anthony Santoro and FriendsIrish Pipes
9:30Rik PalieriCowboy Songs
10:00Puppets in EducationCultural Diversity
10:30International Student PanelTalk with kids who grew up in other countries
11:00Heather Morris DancersHighland, Irish, & Cape Breton Dance
11:30Puppets in EducationCultural Diversity
12:00International Student PanelTalk with kids who grew up in other countries
12:30Shimmy OnBelly Dance with Naomi Tatro
1:30Nepali groupTraditional Dances
2:00Anthony SantoroIrish Pipes

Lobby Stage

Friday - School Day .
Time Performer Performance
9:00Maiz SandovalTraditional Latin American folk music
9:30St. Andrews Pipe BandHighland Pipes of Scotland
10:00Maiz SandovalTraditional Latin American folk music
10:30St. Andrews Pipe BandHighland Pipes of Scotland
11:00Maiz SandovalTraditional Latin American folk music

All Day Activities & Exhibits

Friday - School Day
Where Description
Turkish Cultural Center Vermont Program information – introduction to Turkish culture.
Young Tradition Vermont Instrument Petting Zoo – a collection of instruments for visitors to play.
Falun Dafa Association of New England Introduction of the 2017 Shen Yun shows at the Flynn, handmade lotus flowers.
Baha'i Faith Printed materials about the Baha’i faith.
Camp For Me Program information.
Japan America Society of Vermont Write your name using Japanese calligraphy, learn to fold your own origami masterpiece, play Pokemon. Learn about Japanese culture. Display of Japanese cultural objects and offering used books.
St. Andrews Pipe Band Instrument display with some available to try and information about classes.
World Heritage International Exchange Programs Information about studying abroad and/or hosting students. Meet exchange students.
Puppets in Education Performing their puppet show about cultural diversity. Program information.
Green Mountain Performing Arts Making yarn LED flowers.
AFS-USA Historical display, maps, program information.
Peace Corps Games, educational display, information about Peace Corps.
Rice Memorial High School Panel with international students.
Burlington Yaroslavl Sister Cities Program Learn about Burlington’s sister city: Yaroslavl in Russia.
Burlington Irish Heritage Festival Promoting Irish culture.
Black Watch Premiere Burlington Information about soccer club highlighting diversity of players. Will raffle off international soccer jerseys.
Geography Game Become a game piece in a giant board game, moving from square to square answering questions about world geography.
International Scavenger Hunt Answer 10 questions with help from the various Festival participants and collect a souvenir coin.
Travel Passport A Festival souvenir to be completed by "traveling from country to country" collecting stamps or other entries from the various Festival participants. Completed Passport gives holder free admission on subsequent Festival days!

Registration will begin early September.
If you are interested in your students attending the event for a two-hour time period, please complete and return our School Registration Form (PDF - Word) as soon as possible. Homeschoolers are welcome to attend as well and while we don't require it for small groups we appreciate pre-registration for small groups as well so we can ensure to have enough materials available for everyone.

$5 per Student
1 Chaperone per 5 Students free
$5 per additional Chaperone

Questions? Please contact:
VPAL Office