Hosted by: Ethiopian Tewahado Social Serivces
In Collaboration with: CRIS, World Relief Columbus, US Together and Jewish Family Services
Why This Festival? This festival originated with the Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services’ (ETSS) Enkutatash: Ethiopian New Year, beginning in 2000 to celebrate the culture and experiences of the Central Ohio Ethiopian community. Since then, the festival has grown in number as well as cultural diversity, with over 2,500 attendees. The languages, cultures, and traditions of these groups vary, but all have come together for a common cause: to become self-sufficient and establish roots in a new country. In the spirit of this transition, Enkutatash: Ethiopian New Year has evolved, bringing the strength and cultures of each of Central Ohio’s new communities under the New American Festival. The face of Central Ohio is rapidly changing, with over 110,000 New Americans living in Franklin County. Resettlement agencies represent and serve New Americans from over 40 different countries. We expect to draw over 3,500 “New Americans” from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and individuals from Central Ohio communities who have an interest in learning more about their new neighbors, co-workers, and classmates.
Coming Together As One
September 10, 2016
At the North YMCA
Open to All!
(2017 date TBD)
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