Johns Creek International Festival celebrates diversity

Johns Creek International Festival celebrates diversity

BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE

Atlanta, GA, May 9, 2019: With a population of well over 83,000, Johns Creek is home to substantial Indian, Chinese, Korean, Mexican and other ethnicities and nationalities.

Embracing
and celebrating its diversity, Johns Creek showcased its numerous cultures,
cuisines and crafts with the second annual Johns Creek International Festival
held on April 27, 2019 at the Heisman Field
across the Atlanta Athletic Club. The city partnered with the Convention
and Visitors Bureau and the Johns Creek Arts Center. The festival attracted
over 22,000 at its inaugural event and expected anywhere around 15,000
attendees this year.

“The Johns Creek City Council Diversity
Task Force, an informal committee of community members and led by Council
member Jay Lin, created the idea for the International Festival in 2016. The
committee wanted to find a fun and unique way to bring people together to
celebrate the city’s diversity,” said Bob
Mullen, City Communications Director.

WATCH: Johns Creek City Communications Director Bob Mullen and
city spokeswoman Edie Damann in conversation with Jyothsna Hegde.

“The
festival features live performances from local and regional groups showcasing
different cultural music, dances and other performances. The second feature is
the wide-ranging array of art and craft works made by local and regional
artisans. The final key component for a successful festival is the flavorful
food and drink – everything from bratwurst to sushi,” said city spokeswoman, Edie Damann.

“21 of the 53 retail vendors are returning. They range from jewelers to a Northview High senior who brings back
handmade scarves from weavers in India,” noted Damann

Featuring 32 food vendors, of which 15 were food trucks, no
palate was left disappointed with abundant choices of cuisines including
Indian, German, Mexican, Hungarian, Italian, Dutch, Cajun, Middle-eastern,
Japanese, Jamaican, Taiwanese, American, Korean, Brazilian, Greek, Thai,
French, and Chinese.

Kids found plenty of ways to have fun in the sun with face
painting, henna and various other activities. The international beer and wine
garden offered the opportunity for adults to squash their thirst, international
style.

Two stages provided ample opportunity for performers to
present their talent and traditions. Main stage hosts included popular
personalities Mara Davis, who is the co-host of Atlanta East, Karyn Greer, host
of Atlanta Eats radio and Shafiq Jadavji, who serves as a board member for
Johns creek arts center and is on the Johns Creek City recreation and parks
advisory committee.

Dance,
music, even circus performances from Chinese, Peruvian, American, Carribean,
Irish Taiwanese, Mexican, Korean, Indian and Chinese cultures added vibrancy
and dimension to the festival.

Dr.
Nazeera Dawood’s Chai and Just Chat session, Bharatanatyam by students of
Bharata Darshana, Yoga by Sunita Joshi, Kids Yoga by Biana Rama, Rama Yogi and
dance performance by Jalpa Dance Academy represented the Indian segment of
entertainment.

“I
have challenged myself to use less plastics, grow fresh produce, use more
compostable cups / straws at events, be sensitive to the hunger issue that
exists in GA and beyond and to preserve nature,” said
Dr. Dawood. She commended Georgia House of Representatives for
the Resolution to recognize April 27 as Mother Earth Day. She thanked State representative Angelika Kausche for signing the
Resolution which also acknowledged the humanitarian efforts of Chai and
Just Chat sessions in engaging public though interactions with experts and
community advocacy.

Boy
Scouts of America deserve a special mention for managing parking to perfection
ensuing smooth entrance and exit points.

“The
City of Johns Creek is extremely proud of its diverse, multi-cultural
composition. The breadth of countries and cultures represented by our residents
in one of the reasons our city is so exceptional,” said Mullen.

JOHNS CREEK INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL COVERED IN OUR VIDEO NEWS BULLETIN

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