One World @ One Place
Sunday 23rd October 2016 Empire State Plaza – Convention Center (From 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM, )
Click here to see Directions and Parking information Click here to see Parking Lots and Parking Charges information Attractions: Parade of Nations, Crowning of Miss Festival of Nations, Native Dance and Music, Ethnic Foods, Unique Crafts, and much more.
Celebrate the World
In the spring of 1972, several ethnic group leaders got together with an idea to organize an art and cultural festival in the Capital District.The purpose was three-fold.  The first was to prove how well people with diverse backgrounds can work together and have lots of fun doing it;the second was to present a glimpse of the world to the residents of the Capital District; and the third was t...
Cultural Fiesta
Please join us at the spectacular representation of the Global Cultural Integration @One Place on Sunday, October 23rd 2016  This idea was soon turned into a reality and first ethnic festival was held on October 27, 1972.  We named it “Festival of Nations”.  It was held at the Hudson Valley Community Collage.It was welcomed so much that thousands of people h...
Bringing Community Together
The word got around about us – how much enjoyment we offer for the family on one Sunday afternoon in the Fall of every year.  Now there are several international bazaars/festivals in the area.  They are organized by different institutions.  Our Festival of Nations remains the original.  It is unique, in the sense that we, the participating nations, ourselves, organize everythin...
See You at the Empire Plaza
 This year, we are celebrating our 45th annual Festival with you! We hope you enjoy your few hours with us by looking at the arts and crafts from different parts of the world; by tasting delicious ethnic foods; and by being part of the audience indulging in the music with rhythm and dances representing various cultures and traditions of the world.
History of The Festival of Nations
  In the spring of 1972, several ethnic group leaders got together with an idea to organize an art and cultural festival in the Capital District.The purpose was three-fold.  The first was to prove how well people with diverse backgrounds can work together and have lots of fun doing it;the second was to present a glimpse of the world to the residents of the Capital District; and the t...

Executive Committee

Posted By: bshakers on July 27, 2010 in - Comments: 3 Comments »

Executive Committee

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  1. Niq Khan says:

    To the Executive Committee…

    I was there for the first time this year and I must say that the occasion and the idea behind it are just fabulous. This kind of gathering must be carried on regularly for the wonderful purpose of diversity and cultural exchange which make America what it is.

    On a different note I cannot help but mention that it was just pathetic to see that after all these years you could not find any person to present the program who can speak English clearly and fluently. Is it really hard to find somebody who could speak English fluently to present the program?! C’mon guys! This kind of foolishness dents the charm of the show. I just hope you would make wiser choice next year.

    Thanks

  2. Mike says:

    First, we would like to thank you for your comments about the Festival of Nations. It is great to know that people care so much about our event that they comment. We are happy to know you enjoy many aspects of the program.

    With regard to the comment having a presenter speak English clearly and fluently, we assume your concern is about the Festival Chair Manoj Ajmera. Manoj has been a resident of the United States for nearly 50 years now, and his command of English is commensurate with that of any immigrant who has been here for that long.

    We feel that his accent is an endearing part of the Festival, and representative of the many accents heard during the meetings we conduct to plan our event every year.

    We would also note that his commitment to the Festival is unparalleled, in terms of the several thousand dollars he brings in annually through advertising, ticket and raffle sales. The relationships he has established with local media and businesses who donate in-kind services are worth thousands more.

    Manoj hosts only the opening portion and the Miss Festival event, leaving the remainder of the duties to the guest hosts, each of whom also provide their talents free of charge.

    Complaints about accents or others are nothing new. Indeed, Ben Franklin complained about the presence of Germans at one time. We are surprised that we received one about Manoj, as it is the first. We will never begrudge you your opinion, nor will we prohibit you from expressing it.

    That said, Manoj’s tireless work is highly regarded by all of us, and his role during the planning and day of the Festival will remain unchanged for as long as he wants to be Chairman.

    Thank you again.

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