‘Embrace Your Hyphen’ and Celebrate Global Diversity

Ajna Dance Company (from Ajna Facebook profile pictures)

On Sunday Aug. 5, for the fifth year, Brooklynites and others will come together in downtown Brooklyn to celebrate flags and peoples of many lands. BK Reader previews the event.

“I am excited to be hosting our fifth International Day of Friendship celebration so that we can come together as a community and learn about each other’s stories, struggles and strengths,” said Borough President [Eric] Adams. “This celebration is not only about embracing our own hyphens but also learning from others. By embracing our own and others’ hyphens such as Italian-American, Jamaican-American and Russian-American, we can all be a part of One Brooklyn.”

The day will begin at 1:00pm with a Unity Parade of Flags, featuring the flags of 195 nations marching down Fulton Street toward Brooklyn Borough Hall. Following the parade, there will be artistic and cultural performances at the main stage in Columbus Park Plaza. The program, which will be hosted by Radio 103.9’s Roxie, will run through 5:00pm with performances by folkloric Panamanian dance group Nuevo Milenio, Ajna Indian Dance Company, Braata Productions, the Brooklyn Ballet and Tahitian dance school Ori Manea, as well as a global dance party with tunes provided by London-based global garage music DJ EZ and the Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center.

A “Global Village” and food trucks offering various cuisines will also be featured at the event. Read more in BK Reader.

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