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Around the world in 2 hours on Feb. 19 at Diamond Path

The world will come to Diamond Path Elementary School next week.

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Feb. 19, Diamond Path students and their parents will set up displays to share their family heritage. There will be food and entertainment. There will even be a fashion show.

The event fits well with Diamond Path's status as an international studies magnet school, but the school held its first festival in 2004, well before the district started offering a magnet program. In the beginning it was a way for staff and teachers to learn more about the cultures of their students and the kids' families.

Diamond Path held a second festival in 2006.

"It's really a celebration of all of the different cultures and families at our school," said Janet Gulden, the school's magnet school specialist. "This is another way for families to share information about their culture."

Many of the parents who will participate in next week's festival are first- or second-generation immigrants. Others choose to share information about countries their families left generations ago.

Displays include cultural artifacts, photographs, posters and clothing. The only limit is the five-by-three foot display table each family gets.

"They really can bring in anything that they feel is representative of their culture," Gulden said.

This year's festival will feature ethnic food donated or sold at cost by area restaurants. There will be music, a fashion show featuring students modeling traditional clothing from other countries and a performance by Chinese dancers.

The displays on hand will span the globe, from Argentina to Ireland and Namibia to the Netherlands and will touch down just about everywhere in between.

The 2006 edition of the festival drew more than 1,000 visitors to the school.