2015 Warner Theater Show /
APRIL 28, 2015
The International Festival of Language and Culture was held in the nation’s capital at the Warner Theater. Approximately one hundred students from seventeen countries and four American States sang and danced, representing their own cultures, while their talented performances drew approximately 2,000 spectators to the theater. Among those who attended the festival were U.S. Representatives BIll Pascrell (NJ), Mark Takai (HW), Jeff McNerney (CA), Michael Capuano (MA), Randy Weber (TX), Donald Payne Jr. (NJ) and Henry Cuellar (TX), former Congressman Lincoln Davis (TN) as well as former Attorney General Clarine Nardi Riddle and NBA athlete Enes Kanter. The star of TV Shows Community and The Soup, comedian Joel McHale served as the master of ceremonies for the event. Several government officials and ambassadors could also be spotted in the audience. The countries which were represented in Washington D.C. were Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Germany, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Lesotho, Mongolia, the Philippines, Serbia, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, Ukraine and the U.S., which was represented by participants from Arkansas, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Texas.
Worldwide, the International Festival of Language and Culture has been hosted in approximately 20 countries so far this year, while more than 160 countries have been represented by hundreds of students in total.
Shortly after the opening ceremony, during which all students sang the festival’s de facto anthem, Universal Peace, Joel McHale performed his opening. The spectators enjoyed some 20 performances by the students throughout the night, throughout all of which they supported the very talented performers with their enthusiastic applauses, with short breaks during which some distinguished guests took the stage to share their thoughts. One distinguished guest noted that “this [IFLC] is so amazing, it is the exact opposite of what is happening in Baltimore, Maryland.” Enes Kanter expressed his happiness from being present at the event. In closing, the participants sang Universal Peace one more time, as a group. After the performers left the stage, the spectators chose to remain in the theater. Reluctant to leave, guests had a chance to meet the performers, the host and other distinguished people who were there that day, take pictures and express mutual gratitude.
The Festival also went viral with #IFLC2015 and twitter, as famous retired boxer, world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson sent out a tweet congratulating everyone with the festival’s success. The Festival also received some media attention, Mustafa Akpinar, Principal of the Pinnacle Academy, along with several student performers were guests on ABC 7 Morning News with Autria Godfrey.