Festival of Nations

Festival of Nations
Naomi Williams

Festival of Nations - Seisen Elementary School Music & Dance Performances 

Grade 3:

Often in Indigenous Australian and Torres Strait island culture, song and dance is used to express what is occurring in the natural environment. You may see movements which resemble animals, the ocean or village people going about their everyday life. Inanay Capuana is an indigenous Australian lullaby, sang in the Yorta Yorta language.. and Taba Naba is a traditional song in Meriam Mir, a language of the Torres Strait Islanders. It’s a song about going down to the reef and having some fun! 

This fishing dance comes from Hokkaido. It may be one of the most popular Japanese bon dances. The movements in the dance mimic the movement of waves, pulling in a net, crabs scampering. Here’s Grade Three performing Soran Bushi!

Grade 4 

Toembai is an Israeli folk song, sung in Hebrew. The song has an interesting melody and a powerful feel, giving the idea that an important message is being told. However, the song just tells silly stories of Indians and crocodiles living in the woods! 

Sing Song Saya commonly referred to as “The Malaysian Stick Song” is a song celebrating the many beautiful islands around the region. The movements represent the surrounding water, and daily errands performed by the locals.

Grade 5

Sesere Eeye is a song believed to have come from Moa Island. It's in a mixture of languages from the Torres Strait and South Pacific Island people. In the Western group, Sesere is a type of bird, a Kingfisher bird, and the actions represent this bird diving in and out of the water to catch some fish! (students sing and dance) 


(pronounced as Teuhnikling) Tinikling is a popular dance in the Philippines. Dancers move gracefully between bamboo poles, mimicking the dance of the crane in the rice fields. All of our Gr. 5 students are performing this together. They might make it look easy, but it’s quite challenging! (sound track)

Grade 6

Usagi Usagi is a traditional Japanese song associated with a Japanese festival called "JUGO-YA" (full moon night). Some people gather to watch the beautiful full moon in gardens and temples. Some people associate the pattern of the moon's surface with rabbits making MOCHI, that is rice cakes.

Carnavalito, which translates to “little carnival”, is a traditional folk song and dance from South America, in particular the altiplano and puna regions. It is practiced in relation to religious festivities and is an expression of syncretism between indigenous and Spanish colonial culture.


You can watch the full entertainment schedule on this video below!

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