The Council of the City of New York
Office of Council Member Costa Constantinides
For Immediate Release
May 30, 2015
Contact: Shachar Sharon
Constantinides and Central Astoria LDC Host International Cultural Fest
Astoria, N.Y. – City Council Member Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) today joined Central Astoria Local Development Coalition for the inaugural International Cultural Fest celebration at Great Lawn in Astoria Park.
The festival featured performances native to Mexico, Italy, Japan, Bangladesh, Ecuador, Ireland, Greece, and other countries. There was music, dancing, face painting, activities for children, and cultural performances from around the world.
Constantinides said, “I enjoyed celebrating Astoria’s diversity and cultural history at the International Cultural Festival. We are a unique community rich with people from a variety of backgrounds and histories from around the world. I witness this diversity every day when I walk around and hear different languages spoken and foods eaten. This festival brings everyone together and encourages connectedness through celebration. I thank Central Astoria LDC, the performers and activity organizers, and all the people who attended today.”
“We are excited to be the recipient of this grant. We thank Council Member Constantinides for his vision in bringing an International Cultural Fest to Astoria, the personification of an immigrant community with its kaleidoscope of people from every part of the world. Presenting so many cultural traditions on one stage in Astoria Park, celebrating Astoria, is an opportunity to showcase traditions of many different ethnic groups. This event also complements our thirty plus year tradition of bringing the American music tradition to multi-cultural audiences. We hope to make this an annual event,” said Marie Torniali, Executive Director of Central Astoria.
The event was sponsored by Council Member Costa Constantinides using funding from the City Council’s Cultural Immigrant Initiative.
Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. He serves as the chair the City Council’s Sub-Committee on Libraries and sits on seven standing committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Environmental Protection, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation. For more information, visit council.nyc.gov/costa.