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Countries and Cultures Celebrated at Burbank Multicultural Fair


Students and families visited over 15 countries on November 21 without ever needing a ride to the airport at the well attended Multicultural Fair at the Burbank School. The event was organized by the Burbank PTA and supported by a grant from the Belmont Cultural Council.

Passports in hand students saw colorful exhibits that showed pictures, maps, crafts, language, literature, and foods of many nations.  All were beautifully presented by participating Burbank families. Students brought countries to life that night by parading dressed in the traditional clothing of their culture and countries.

The audience was also treated to a Chinese song by second grade students, a Nepali folk dance by four local students, a classical Indian dance by the Aakriti School of Indian Dance, and songs from Finland and Switzerland by a Burbank family.

The Yanvalou Drum and Dance Ensemble, a student and faculty group from Wellesley College that performs folkloric music and dance of Africa, gave an energetic performance of African music from Haiti and Ghana, complete with a variety of authentic drums and other instruments.  Yanvalou’s Director, Kera Washington, led the audience in singing and clapping, while children played instruments to the dance beat. 

Burbank Principal Dr. Tricia Clifford thanked all the participants and applauded the learning and community building inspired by celebrating our different cultures.  The celebratory evening of cultural sharing and learning was open to all Belmont students and families.

In the picture gallery:

  • Students learn about China (and other cultures) by visiting exhibits.
  • Burbank students parade to show their culture's traditional dress.
  • Yanvalou Drum and Dance Ensemble of Wellesley College led by Kera Washington.
  • Belmont parent Urmi Samadar of the Aakriti School of Indian Classical Dance.
  • The Klaus family singing songs from Finland and Switzerland.
  • Three 2nd grade Burbank students sing a Chinese song.
  • Burbank 3rd grader performs in a Nepali folk dance.

All photographs were taken by Glenn Wong (a Burbank parent). 



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