On Sunday, August 5th, the Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams will host the “5th Annual International Day of Friendship,” a festival recognizing hundreds of cultures and ethnicities that make Brooklyn an exuberant center of diversity.
As the signature event, “Celebrating Brooklyn’s diversity’’ in honor of the cultural heritage of numerous ethnicities, the day will consist of a series of cultural identity-oriented festivities that begin at 1:00 PM with a Unity Parade of Flags, featuring the flags of 195 nations marching from Long Island University at its intersection with Flatbush Avenue toward Brooklyn Borough Hall/ Columbus Park. This year’s event will also feature a Ghana Stand.
“I am so excited that my proposal has been accepted for the first time, and that there will be a Ghanaian Pavilion called Kente Palace at the Global Village to showcase our rich cultural heritage to The World” Jerry Kwabena K. Adinkra, (Brooklyn Ambassador) who has been Ghana’s delegate for the past four years told Ghnewsnow. , He said “the Kente palace will exhibit authentic Ghanaian Kente, Adinkra symbols, tourism investment opportunities, historical photos, Ghanaian cuisine, arts and crafts etc.”
He said the significance of such powerful Ghanaian cultural symbols like the Kente cloth – worn by Black members of the US Congress, during the State of the Union address – makes a cultural statement, which is visible to the whole world.
Following the parade, which will include New Yorkers from more than 80 countries as well as dancers, drummers, and stilt walkers, the festivities at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Columbus Park will run until 5:00 PM and feature a series of artistic and cultural performances from a wide variety of groups represented in the borough, as well as a taste of ethnic cuisine from an array of local food vendors.
Additionally, the celebration will present a Global Village, including tents representing countries from around the world showcasing their cultures, cuisines, and customs; featured nations will include Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Egypt, Ghana, Mongolia, the Philippines, Poland, South Africa, and Tanzania, as well as regional displays of the Caribbean and Oceania. Visitors will be able to have an interactive experience at each of these tents to feel and see unique cultural artifacts and hear traditional cultural stories
Come out and enjoy the fun this Sunday, August 5th for a day of culture, cuisine, and so much more!