President Barack Obama is photographed during a presidential portrait sitting for an official photo in the Oval Office, Dec. 6, 2012.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
44th U.S. President
The rich cultures and unique histories of our global society are brought to life through mesmerizing dance and captivating performance. In demonstrating the traditions that make your heritages special,festivals like this one allow us to bear witness to the ways hope and beauty stem from songs of inclusion. Your efforts to unite young people across the globe reflect the power of our common humanity has to restore and transcend what sets up apart. As you come together to celebrate the cultural mosaic that is our world and forge bonds of friendship, I wish you all the best.
United States Representative
“I tell you what. Language and culture just doesn’t get any better than this. Don’t you wish congress could do something like this and bring everybody together? You bet!”
Ban Ki moon
8th Secretary-General of the United Nations
I am pleased to extend warm greetings to all who are gathered for the 17th Annual International Festival of Language and Culture. This event provides a wonderful opportunity for young people to share their culture with other through artistic performances. The festival and the resulting dialogue help promote mutual respect and understanding amongst individuals from diverse backgrounds. I commend the performers, their chaperones and the event organizers for you hard work and unique contributions.
Charles Michel
President of the European Council
It’s an extraordinary night. Full of energy… Very good organization and a very nice symbol, symbol of togetherness, diversity and tolerance… Symbol of openmindedness it was phenomenal to experience such a night reflecting these values