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International Festival takes Habitat visitors around the world



AMERICUS, Ga. (March 14, 2005) — Nick Jr.’s “Dora the Explorer” will headline Habitat for Humanity International’s annual International Festival, April 8-9, at its Global Village and Discovery Center. Area children can get their photo made with the popular cartoon character and also learn about games and cultures around the world.

Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, will be packed with demonstrations such as Sjoelbak, the Dutch version of shuffle board, and African wire games. Speakers from China, India and Africa will describe life in their native countries and traditional entertainment will be on display from Ireland, Africa and the Caribbean. The festivities will also include a fashion show highlighting clothing from around the world, and Italian and Caribbean food.

“The International Festival is a wonderful opportunity for families to spend the day learning about many different cultures,” said Michelle Dalva, director of Habitat’s Global Village and Discovery Center. “It’s also going to be a lot of fun with Dora the Explorer, music and dancing.”

The International Festival is made possible from a grant through the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism. The $9,300 grant is part of the department’s Tourism Marketing Co-Op program.

Habitat’s Global Village & Discovery Center International Festival is an annual event that brings together entertainment, crafts, games, food and music from around the world. Each year, the family-oriented event educates participants about life in other countries.

Schedule for the International Festival:
Friday, April 8
World Education Day

Visiting school groups throughout the area will experience all-day activities such as self-guided games and tours, scavenger hunts, baking demonstrations, brick- and tile-making demonstrations, Henna art from India, seminars and international performances from Africa, Ireland, the Caribbean and Japan. Call 866.924.5823, ext. 5815, to make school or youth group reservations.

Saturday, April 9
Family Exploration Day

Guests are invited to get their photo made with Nick Jr.’s Dora the Explorer and also take part in all-day cooking demonstrations from Guatemala, Henna art from India, Zimbabwe wire artist shows, Japanese violin music, game of Cricket demonstrations, Salsa dance demonstrations, scavenger hunts, self-guided tours, brick- and tile-making demonstrations and international food.

Scheduled Performances for Saturday, April 9
9 a.m. – Capoeira Brazilian Dance
9:40 a.m. – African Dance Connection
10:20 a.m. – Fashion Around the World
11 a.m. – Cavan Cross Celtic Music
11:40 a.m. – Llajtasuyo (Music from Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador
12:20 a.m. – African Dance Connection
1 p.m. – Mexico Folklorico Dancers
1:40 p.m. – Cavan Cross Celtic Music
2:20 p.m. – Llajtsayo (Music from Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador)

Tickets for the International Festival are $5 in advance and $6 at the gate. Call 866.924.5823, ext. 5813, for tickets and further information. Event details also at

Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. By the end of 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house and more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes they helped build and are buying through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.