CSF’s first annual Multicultural Day celebrates diversity and unity

CSF’s first annual Multicultural Day celebrates diversity and unity

The Canadian School of Florence's many cultures were on display with workshops, performances, art and cuisine.

Fri 24 May 2024 9:50 AM

On May 24, the Upper Primary and Middle School campus of the Canadian School of Florence in piazza San Domenico buzzed with excitement as CSF hosted its first annual Multicultural Day. The event was dedicated to celebrating the rich cultural diversity and internationalism of the school community, and was a resounding success.

Months of meticulous planning by the CSF Parents Committee and school staff, particularly Ms. Cinzia Sansone, culminated in a day filled with vibrant activities and two art exhibitions. Students proudly showcased art projects and posters that highlighted the unique characteristics of their countries, while senior students presented a poignant collection focusing on cultural diversity and human rights equality.

The day began with various engaging workshops for each grade in the Junior School, including Chinese brush painting, Hebrew writing, Bulgarian good luck ornaments, music lessons, and cross-stitching. Over 150 CSF parents sampled international cuisines at outdoor booths, offering delicacies from around the world, including Chinese, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Iranian, and Turkish treats. These dishes, lovingly prepared by the parents, brought a “taste of home” to San Domenico, Fiesole.

After lunch, the audience enjoyed multilingual musical performances by students from all three campuses. The show featured a medley of global dances where students showcased their hard work in a vibrant end-of-year spectacle, much to the delight of parents and teachers. The grand finale was a standout moment. A local Tai Chi troupe performed and invited children to join in, followed by an energetic concert and dance by a West African trio that had everyone, from babies to grandparents, on their feet.

The day concluded with the Junior School children marching in a Parade of Nations, each proudly carrying their country’s flag while singing and dancing to Shakira’s Waka Waka. This touching finale celebrated our diverse yet united community, highlighting the similarities that bind us amidst our cultural differences. CSF Multicultural Day was a celebration of cultural diversity, leaving everyone eagerly anticipating next year’s event.

“Canadian School of Florence is a co-educational private international school for children aged 3 to 18 years with campuses in Fiesole and Florence, Italy. Find out more today at www.csflorence.it

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