This article, written and photographed by Charlotte Geary, originally appeared in Modern Reston magazine.

The Reston Multicultural Festival is an annual celebration of our community’s cultural diversity and probably my favorite local event of the year. With live music, dance performances, colorful costumes, ethnic food, a global market, a book fair, an art exhibit, and kids crafts, this festival has something for everyone. Here are some of my photos from this year’s festival, which took place on September 24, 2016 at Lake Anne Plaza.

Presentation of Colors by the South Lakes High School JROTC
Presentation of Colors by the South Lakes High School JROTC

New U.S. citizens at the Naturalization Ceremony
New U.S. citizens at the Naturalization Ceremony

 

New U.S. citizens at the Naturalization Ceremony
New U.S. citizens at the Naturalization Ceremony

 

Release of doves from Cornucopia Farms
Release of doves from Cornucopia Farms

 

Dragon Dancers processional
Dragon Dancers processional

Tradiciones Bolivian (Bolivian dancer)
Tradiciones Bolivian (Bolivian dancer)

Tradiciones Bolivian (Bolivian dance)
Tradiciones Bolivian (Bolivian dance)

Tradiciones Bolivian (Bolivian dance)
Tradiciones Bolivian (Bolivian dance)

Finger puppets in the Global Market
Finger puppets in the Global Market

Children’s crafts
Children’s crafts

Mosaic Harmony (gospel choir)
Mosaic Harmony (gospel choir)

Mosaic Harmony (gospel choir)
Mosaic Harmony (gospel choir)

Kalavaridhi (Indian Dance)
Kalavaridhi (Indian Dance)

Kalavaridhi (Indian Dance)
Kalavaridhi (Indian Dance)

Kalavaridhi (Indian Dance)
Kalavaridhi (Indian Dance)

Japanese Culture Club (Kimono fashion show)
Japanese Culture Club (Kimono fashion show)

Japanese Culture Club (Kimono fashion show)
Japanese Culture Club (Kimono fashion show)

Taiko Drums (Japanese drumming)
Taiko Drums (Japanese drumming)

Taiko Drums (Japanese drumming)
Taiko Drums (Japanese drumming)

Taiko Drums (Japanese drumming)
Taiko Drums (Japanese drumming)

Furia Flamenca (Flamenco dance)
Furia Flamenca (Flamenco dance)

Learning origami (Japanese paper folding)
Learning origami (Japanese paper folding)

Origami (Japanese paper folding)
Origami (Japanese paper folding)

With the Bronze Bob statue
With the Bronze Bob statue

 

Sherman Holmes Project (soul, blues, and gospel)
Sherman Holmes Project (soul, blues, and gospel)

Janka Nabay (Sierra Leone Bubu music)
Janka Nabay (Sierra Leone Bubu music)

Turkish dancer
Turkish dancer

Turkish dancers
Turkish dancers

Angel Roman (belly dancing)
Angel Roman (belly dancing)

Belly dancer
Belly dancer

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Charlotte Geary

CHARLOTTE GEARY

I photograph fascinating people, and I teach other people how to do it, too.

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