Students from six different countries will kick off Gilbert’s Global Village Festival on Saturday afternoon.
Six students from a student exchange program will wear authentic attire as they make presentations about their countries at 1:30 p.m. in the Gilbert Town Council chambers, 50 E. Civic Center Drive. The event will be taped, and aired on Gilbert’s local Channel 11 TV station.
At another event at 6 p.m. April 17, Gilbert resident Jennifer Justice will talk about her life in her homeland of India at a presentation scheduled before that evening's Town Council meeting.
The presentations lead up to the Global Village Festival on April 21. The free festival will include ethnic food, arts, and international gifts for sale, and entertainment. It will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the grassy areas outside the Gilbert Civic Center, 50 E. Civic Center Drive. At 11 a.m. the Parade of Nations will feature children from Gilbert.
“We’re excited about this year having a very successful event,” said Tami Smull, chairwoman of the Gilbert Human Relations Commission.
This is the third-annual festival, produced by the Human Relations Commission, the Arts Advisory Board, Gilbert Arts & Culture, and Gilbert Sister Cities.
For more information, call (480) 503-6895.