New date: Oceania CultureFest celebrates Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands on Oct. 22 in Ellicott City

August 14, 2017

The community is invited to participate at the Oceania CultureFest, which will celebrate the cultures of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. This free family event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 1:30 to 4:30pm at Howard County Library System’s Miller Branch, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City.

The Oceania CultureFest will be an afternoon of displays, dance performances, music, activities for children, demonstrations and other cultural arts highlighting the cultures of Australia, New Zealand and all of the Pacific islands, including but not limited to the islands of Fiji, Hawaii, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tahiti/French Polynesia, and Tonga. Families can pick up a “CultureFest Passport” upon arrival and complete it for door prizes.

The event is hosted by Columbia Association (CA) and Howard County Library System. For more information, please contact Laura Smit, program manager for Columbia Association’s International Exchange and Multicultural Programs, at 410-715-3162 or  

CA’s International Exchange and Multicultural Programs foster international understanding and celebrate the diverse cultures of Columbia. The goals of the International Exchange Program include developing new exchanges with Columbia’s four sister cities. CA also develops multicultural programs for the community such as the World Languages Café, the International Book Club, and CultureFests that celebrate cultures from different countries and regions of the world. To view photos from past CA’s CultureFests or for more information on CA’s International Exchange and Multicultural Programs, go to

About Columbia Association

Columbia Association (CA) is a nonprofit community services corporation that manages Columbia, Maryland, a planned community that is home to approximately 100,000 people and several thousand businesses — and was named the No. 1 small city to live in by Money Magazine in 2016. Additional information about CA is available at

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