Ethiopian Culture Showcase at Maryland’s World of Montgomery Festival 2016

(Photo by Bill Bronrott. Courtesy of World of Montgomery Festival)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Thursday, October 6th, 2016

New York (TADIAS) — Ethiopians are one of largest immigrant populations in Montgomery county, Maryland and officials say that will be reflected at the upcoming 8th annual World of Montgomery Festival this month honoring the international local heritage. Montgomery County also has a sister-city relationship with Ethiopia’s historic city of Gonder.

“The World of Montgomery Festival celebrates the many cultures of the DC area with multicultural music, food, dance, exhibits and hands-on activities at Montgomery College in Rockville on Sunday, October 16th, 2016″ the media release stated. “The festival promotes cross-cultural understanding by highlighting the cultural diversity of the DC area through immersive activities and performances.”

A spokesperson for the festival, Elizabeth Gallauresi, told Tadias that the Ethiopia section of the family-friendly event will be arranged by the Ethiopian Community Center in Maryland (ECCM), and will include “children’s game, weaving and an exhibition of a live performance by “The Great Ethiopian Cultural Band,” Gallauresi said.

“Ethiopia will be featured in the International Village, during the parade, and on the performance stages” the press release adds. “The free activities at the festival are designed to promote tolerance and appreciation towards the many wonderful cultures that surround us every day. The intention is to help our youth become successful global citizens by instilling multi-cultural appreciation at a young age through fun, educational, hands-on experiences.”

If You Go:

The event address is 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD 20850. Learn more at

Admission is free. Free parking is available nearby. Free shuttles will run throughout the event from pick-up points from Silver Spring, Wheaton, and Upper County and shuttle schedules are available on the website.

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