India Independence Day

Pre-event Activities - August 11th; Main Event - August 18th, 3pm
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"Aye Watan, Watan Mere Aabaad Rahe Tu; Hum Rahen Jahan Jahaan Mein, Yaad Rahe Tu"

As India gets ready to observe its 73rd Independence Day on August 15,2019;we at ICS Jax are getting ready to celebrate as well !

When: August 18, 2019
Where: UNF at the Robinson Theatre
Time: 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM

As part of the 2019 Independence Day Celebrations we have many Pre-Event and multicultural performances planned for the evening.

Pre-Event Activities at HSNEF - August 11th, 2019:

  • Public Speaking Competition (Poetry) for Kids

Independence Day Cultural Celebrations at UNF - August 18th, 2019:

  • Group Cultural Performance; Dance, Skits/ Dance Drama and Group Singing
  • Garlanding of the Gandhi Statue to pay our respect
  • Cultural Showcase highlighting the beauty and culture of Indian states by the Regional Associations (viewer’s choice award for the best state booth!)
  • Flag Hoisting ceremony at the Robinson Theater 
  • Cultural Entertainment
  • India Quiz
  • Sports Awards and Public Speaking Awards
  • Dinner

Details, Rules and Information for Public Speaking Competition for Kids

  • Theme: Poetry
    • This will be a Poetry recitation competition
    • Participants are welcome to memorize any English poem of their choice.
  • Participants will be judged by Toastmasters and Language Arts experts from Jacksonville.
  • Duration Minimum 2 minutes to maximum 5 minutes.
  • Participants will be judged based on articulation, expressions, memorization, clarity and overall effectiveness of delivery.
  • Participants are welcome to use cue cards; however, they may be small point deductions.
  • There will be three age groups:
    • 3rd Grade – 5th Grade (Completed 3rd Grade in 2019)
    • 6th Grade – 8th Grade (Completed 5th Grade in 2019)
    • 9th Grade – 12th Grade (Completed 8th Grade in 2019)
  • 3 winners will be awarded in each category.
  • The event is open to all members of the community (ICS members and non-ICS members)
  • All the participants must register online to help us plan the event for your convenience. No walk-in request will be taken on the competition day.
  • Please register latest by July 31st, 2019, to help us plan the event better. All entries will be locked at midnight on July 31st, 2019.
  • You are advised to have the confirmation email by ICS handy, coordinator may need that email for verification.

Register for Public Speaking Competition for Kids

Details, Rules and Information for Independence Day Group Cultural Celebration Event

  • Theme: Saare Jahaan Se Achaa, patriotic based on modern india.
  • Maximum duration for each performance, will be 4 minutes.
  • Minimum number of participants per group is 6.
  • Each coordinator/ choreographer can present upto 2 performances. We would like to give various groups and choreographers the opportunity to present their talent and also like a variety in the type of items presented, so we would request you to please limit to 2 groups. In case we have availability based on the registrations, we will keep you posted, and you can certainly present more.
  • The event is open to all members of the community (ICS members and non-ICS members)
  • Once you register, we will forward you a link where you can upload your music/ sound track (if you are planning on using one for your performance), for your entry to be considered complete.
  • Please register latest by July 15th, 2019, to help us plan the event better. All entries will be locked at midnight on July 15th 2019.

Register for Group Cultural Performance

Due to multiple cultural events planned for the evening, we will have limited group performances. Please sign up as soon as possible.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.


Frequently Asked Questions 
1.    What do I need to do when I get to the Consular Services Camp at HTS?
You will need to check-in/sign-in at the front desk, take a number and wait patiently. You will be assisted on a first come first serve basis.

2.    Do I need to bring a completely filled out application form to the Consular Services Camp?
Yes, everyone is encouraged to bring a completely filled out application form to the Camp. This will expedite the process for you.

3.    What if I don’t have a completely filled out application or if I have questions about the application forms?
A limited number of volunteers will be available at the camp to assist you with filling out the application forms online.

4.    May I bring a laptop and complete my partially filled out application form at the Camp?
Yes, if you have an incomplete form or have questions regarding the form, you are encouraged to bring your own laptop and to complete the application on-site.

5.    Will I need photographs with my applications?
Yes, you will need photographs with your applications. Bring passport sized photographs and volunteers at the camp are available to help you digitize the image and upload it to the online application.

6.    How do I pay application fees?
Application fees may be paid online (using credit cards) or by money order. Places close to camp venue where money orders may be obtained: Kroger (on 3435, Wrightsboro Road) or Exxon Gas Station (4086, Jimmie Dyess Pkwy). No cash payments will be accepted by the Consulate representatives.

7.    Will I be able to print documents at the Camp?
Printers will be set-up at the camp and volunteers are available to assist with printing, duplication and scanning of documents.

8.    Will I be able to notarize documents at the Camp?
A notary will be present on-site and will be able to notarize documents for a nominal fee.

9.    Does the camp provide food for attendees?
Coffee and water will be available for everyone. Attendees are responsible for their own meals.