Our International Children Friendship Festival has been first time invited to participate in this year’s
Seafair Torchlight Parade on July 28
As seen from our call to participating communities in the Children’s Festival, we would like to have two representative children (preferably one boy and one girl dressed in their authentic costumes between ages 10 to 15 years old) join our festival group marching under the banner of “Peace at Home Peace in the World” and may be performing one dance with their own folk music. We would like to see very much your kids or their friends representing Australian friends be a part of this parade if possible.
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We want to do our best to showcase the mission and essence of our Festival during the Seafair, and therefore, I would like to invite you to walk with us during the Seafair's Parade, on July 6that 7:30 pm.You can find more information about the Parade here: https://www.seafair.com/events/2018/torchlightparade
Here's our plan for the Parade:
From each community, we need one boy and one girl who are around 10 - 15 years old.
Each child should be able to commit roughly 4 - 5 hours on the day of the the event (this is because we need to arrive at least 1 hour before the event, and then walk roughly 2.5 miles during the Parade). This is why we need slightly older children.
The children should be wearing their ethnic costumes and carrying their countries flags. The flags should be 3'x5' size ideally. We'll be providing an ICFF banner and a "Peace at home, Peace in the World" banner for the children to carry, too.
Finally, we will also have a dance component to all of this! Specifically:
We will have a mobile music solution that allows the children in our group to do short dance performances, no longer than 1 minute each time the Parade stops.
We are also planning to do a group dance, in which all the "children of the world" dance together! For this we will need to coordinate 2 - 3 practices before the event.
We can only have a total of 40 participants in our group, due to the size limit for each parade group, we won’t be able to accommodate parents/guardians to walk with the group. However, we will have a small group of volunteers walking with the children and have a specific spot for meeting after the parade.
If you would like to participate, please let me know no later than June 29th with the names and emails of the participants (namely, their parents / guardians) so that I can coordinate this with the Seafair community -- and so I can arrange the group dance rehearsals!
Again, we're so excited about this opportunity, and we can't wait to share it with you.
Please let us know as soon you can (before June 29th, at the absolute latest) with contact information for kids who are interested.
Thanks a bunch!
100 Years of Mateship – Australia-US
In 2018, Australia and the United States will mark a centenary of Mateship – a friendship first formed in the trenches of World War 1 during the battle of Hamel on July 4th, 1918. Australian General, Sir John Monash, was the first non-American to command US soldiers in an offensive action – at the Battle of Hamel on the Western front in France in 1918.
It was also the American troops’ first offensive action of the First World War. Four American companies were under Monash’s command, which proved to be a turning point in the Battle of the Somme. The relationship between Australia and the United States is unique in its breadth, depth and length, and characterized by genuine cultural affinity and a robust framework of bilateral cooperation.
To launch this unique celebration of Mateship, the Australian Consul-General and Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner, the Hon. Chris Oldfield, hosted a cocktail function in Seattle on Nov 13th to introduce his Excellency, the Hon. Joe Hockey, Australian Ambassador to the United States and his wife, Ms Melissa Babbage. The invitation was extended to ANZUS Board members and several other members. The Ambassador talked about the upcoming celebrations to commemorate the enduring Mateship between Australia and the US and the history behind the formation of this bond between our countries. He concluded, “We celebrate the first 100 years of Mateship and look forward to the next 100 years”.
ANZAS President Len Reid and his wife Pat with his Excellency, the Hon. Joe Hockey, Australian Ambassador to the United States.
Australian Consul-General and Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner, the Hon. Chris Oldfield, introducing the Australian Ambassador.