Multicultural Event

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Date:  TBA

Time:  5pm-8:00pm
            Multicultural Fashion Show participants - be sure to arrive by 5:00pm.

Location:  Turtle Rock Elementary outdoor stage and lunch tables

Multicultural Night:

The Turtle Rock Multicultural Event is Turtle Rock's way of celebrating the beauty and culture of each country represented in the Turtle Rock Elementary Community.   On Friday, April 20th from 5:00-8:00 pm, our large outdoor stage and lunch area will be transformed into a Multicultural Festival including a World Food Sampling Area, the Fashion Show, Cultural Performances, Raffles and much more. Academic Challenge Multicultural Night project entries will be displayed throughout the night. 

Cultural Booths:
Cultural booths are now forming.  Booths are only made possible if volunteers like you join in the fun!  Volunteer at a booth, or grab a group of friends and start a booth to share your culture at the festival.  We have many experienced volunteers who are happy to help you showcase at this wonderful Turtle Rock event.  We will be having a meeting for all those who will be having a booth.  This meeting will be held on March 20th at 8pm in the MPR.  Please plan to attend if you will be hosting a booth.

  • Current 2018 booths: India, Iran, Korea, Mexico, France, China, Venezuela, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Russia, Vietnam, Philippines, Japan, Turkey and Germany.
  •  If any country wants to set up a booth or if you would like to support a booth with your time, ideas, cultural artifacts or traditions, please contact Selina Boyraz, Multicultural Co-Chairperson, through      
  • We have students representing many cultures at Turtle Rock, and we would love for those cultures to be represented at this event.  This is a great opportunity for students to learn about different heritages and customs.   Bring music, flags, maps, games, sports, souvenirs - anything that can proudly showcase your culture!  

World Food Sampling Potluck

  • We hope everyone attending will bring a dish to share at the food sampling area.  This year, we are offering food sampling by potluck, to alleviate the pressure on our cultural booths.   
  • Please indicate the name of your dish, country of origin and ingredients used (due to students with food allergies). 
  • Please bring a sampling dish from your own culture or any dish you enjoy!

Multicultural Fashion Show at 5:15 pm - on Main stage: 
Bring your cameras!!!   Wear a traditional outfit from your heritage or any culture of your choice!  Fashion Show participants should plan to arrive by 5:00 pm on April 20th and meet in the Turtle Rock MPR to line up for the parade.    

Cultural Show from 5:30-6:30 pm - performances will be in front of the outside stage (ALL participants must arrive between 4:30pm-5pm):
The festival stage features 1 hour of non-stop entertainment by our own Turtle Rock students, teachers and community members.   Everyone is invited to showcase their heritage, or a heritage of interest, by performing a cultural act.   

  • Each country will be given 7 minutes to perform. You can have 7 minute group performance or individual performances allocated within those 7 minutes.  All performances should be well rehearsed.    Please arrange your performance with Akshee Gandotra by March 30 and she can be contacted at 
  • If you would like to join a group performance, we can put you in touch with other show participants.  Please consider this option if you are a student who would like to perform with a culture of interest - this can be a culture of your heritage or one of interest to you.  Please get in touch with the Country Contact, for your country of interest, to get more information about group performances.
  • Please submit your entries and music for the performances to the Performance Coordinator, Melissa Cao as an MP3 or disk by March 30th. 
  • All well rehearsed group or individual cultural performances will count towards the multicultural portion of the Academic Challenge. You do not need to do the written project if you participate with a performance. 

Academic Challenge:  

Academic Challenge credit for the Multicultural Festival can be earned in one of two ways:

  1. A group or individual cultural performance (well rehearsed) performed at the Turtle Rock Multicultural Event.  Participation in the Parade of Nations, without a performance, does not count for Academic Challenge credit.  
  2. Multicultural Event Display (written project) - due in the office, by 2 pm on Thursday, April 19th. 

Multicultural Event Display (written project for Academic Challenge) Info:

Important Academic Challenge Info:

  • You do not need to do both the multicultural night display (written project) and a cultural performance for credit.   You may choose just one. 
  • Participation in the Fashion Show  (without a performance) does not count for the Academic Challenge.
  • If you are doing the multicultural night display (written project), you are not required to attend the multicultural event.  
  • Multicultural Night Displays (written projects) will not be accepted after 2 pm on Monday, April 16th or at the event, because we need time to prepare them for display.  Sorry, no exceptions!

Please contact Sahila Boyraz (, Multicultural Event Chairperson, with Multicultural Booth questions and Akshee Gandotra ( for Performance or Fashion Show questions.

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