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August 3, 2016
Brooklyn, NY, August 3, 2016: Today, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams announced that he will proclaim Sunday, August 7th as “International Day of Friendship” in Brooklyn, his third annual celebration recognizing the hundreds of cultures and ethnicities that make Brooklyn an unparalled center of diversity. As the signature event in Borough President Adams’ “Embrace Your Hyphen” campaign that celebrates Americans who honor their diversity, the day will consist of a series of cultural identity-oriented festivities that begins at 1:00 PM with a Unity Parade of Flags, featuring the flags of 195 nations; led by Borough President Adams, the march will travel down Fulton Street from its intersection with Flatbush Avenue toward Brooklyn Borough Hall. Following the march, which will include New Yorkers from more than 80 countries as well as a number of dancers, drummers, and stilt walkers, the festivities at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Columbus Park will run through 5:00 PM and feature a series of cultural and artistic performances from a wide variety of groups represented in the borough, as well as a taste of international cuisine.
“I call on all Brooklynites to ‘Embrace Your Hyphen’ as Americans with distinct heritage,” said Borough President Adams. “International Day of Friendship reflects the beauty of a borough where 47 percent of households speak a language other than English at home, more than one-third of residents were born overseas, and the sounds of many different languages are the music of our street corners. I invite everyone to stand with me in our diversity as One Brooklyn.”
Borough President Adams’ third annual International Day of Friendship is sponsored by Investors Bank, MetroPlus Health Plan, NYC & Company, and Target and held in partnership with the Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn NAACP, Huang Xiang, Hubert’s Lemonade, New York State Court Officers Association, Resorts World Casino, Subway, and Wildlife Conservation Society.
Cultural performances will focus on all of the world’s regions. Representing Africa will be the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, offering a tribute to South Africa; the St. Nicks Alliance, staging their tribute to Sierra Leone, and the Yasser Darwish Egyptian Celebration Company, who will perform the Tanoura. Representing the Americas will be the Brooklyn Children’s Theatre Inc., singing an original song about Brooklyn; the Chief Joseph Chatoyer Dance Company, performing a traditional Garifuna dance; The D.R.E.A.M. Ring, showcasing Brooklyn flex dancing, and James Lovell, who will showcase Afri-Garifuna jazz. Representing Asia will be Aeilushi Mistry, dancing the Indian Garba; Aziz Peerezada, playing traditional Pakistani folk songs on the tabla; the Dancing Crane Georgian Cultural Center, dancing a number of Georgian folk dances; Jenny Luna and Dolunay, who will perform traditional Turkish songs, and Rhythm Tolee, showcasing a Punjabi dance. Representing the Caribbean will be Irka Mateo, playing mestizo music from the Dominican Republic, and Tropical Image Dance Company, showcasing bachata, mambo, and salsa. Representing Europe will be Eva Salina, offering Balkan music and dance. Representing Oceania will be Kaina Quenga, who will perform the hula.
Free tastings of international cuisine will feature Brooklyn Born LLC, representing Africa; Debbie’s Sweet Treats and Yankee Doodle Dandy’s, representing the Americas; Desi Food Truck and Kazi Halal, representing Asia; Nio’s Trinidad Roti Truck, representing the Caribbean, and La Bella Torte, representing Europe.
“NYC & Company Foundation is proud to partner with Borough President Adams to celebrate Brooklyn’s cultural diversity in the third annual International Day of Friendship,” said Fred Dixon, president of the NYC & Company Foundation. “The borough’s cultural vibrancy is one of the many reasons residents are proud to call Brooklyn home and millions of visitors explore the borough every year, and an important part of its dynamic history and promising future.”
“We are proud to support the third annual International Day of Friendship,” said Ana Oliveira, senior vice president and regional manager for Investors Bank. “Thank you to Borough President Adams for all his hard work in putting together an event celebrating Brooklyn’s diversity. We hope everyone has a great time.”
“International Day of Friendship embodies Target’s core values of diversity and inclusion,” said Kelly McGarrity, New York metro community captain for Target. “This is a day to celebrate and embrace all the cultures that make up this borough.”
“Our entire mission at AIESEC [Association for the International Exchange of Students in Economics and Commerce] is to create a community of culturally-aware youth-leaders who leave a positive impact on the world,” said Adry Villar, United States president of AIESEC. “It is an honor to see this exact spirit represented in a single event. We are so proud to be a part of International Day of Friendship.”
As with previous years, Borough President Adams will cap his International Day of Friendship celebration with a mass singing of “We Are The World.”
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