Events

Holi

Date/Time
POSTPONED - Carnival games, food, live DJ, Dance, Thandai and many more .... activities start at 10 am; Colors: 1 pm
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Holi 2020 Postponed

 

As a precaution due to escalated concerns regarding the Coronavirus outbreak and our concerns for the welfare, benefit and health of our members, event attendees, vendors and volunteers, Indian Cultural Society of Jacksonville (ICS) in association with HSNEF have decided to postpone "Holi - Festival of Colors", event scheduled for March 14, 2020 till further notice. 

This was a difficult decision to make as we are equally excited to welcome spring with colors. We hope you will understand the decision taken.

Please continue to watch our website and Facebook page for new dates announcement 

Thank you for your continued support for ICS.

Regards,
2020 Executive Committee
Indian Cultural Society of Jacksonville

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Mark your calendars for March 14, 2020 ...don't miss out!! 

Indian Cultural Society of Jacksonville (ICS) in association with HSNEF present Holi - Festival

ICS and HSNEF invite you to celebrate Holi - Festival of colors, with your family & friends to shower in happiness and celebrate the colors of life! 

ICS has planned a variety of fun competitions and activities for kids and adults, dance & rocking beats with Live DJ, scrumptious home cooked food by volunteers, famous ICS Thandai, along with classic carnival games for children. The day will be filled with array of events and it will end with a riot of colors. Don't miss out, come and join the fun!

RSVP is required to participate in games, competitions and to win exciting prizes. ICS members will get free color* and thandai (RSVP required)

*2 per family membership, 1 per individual membership

 

Entry is free for all.

 Colors will be available for purchase at event location.

74th Independence Day

Date/Time
Online Event ... Detail coming soon
74th India Independence Day Celebration

The voting for the following contests is now open. You can review the entries at ICS Facebook and YouTube pages

Contest 1: Poster Competition

Contest 2: Fancy Dress Competition

Contest 3: Elocution Competition

Please vote for your favorites by liking and sharing them.

Voting Closes on: Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Noon

Online event details coming soon.

India Day

Date/Time
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India Day 2020

EVENT SOLD OUT  


We will be starting the celebrations with our Cultural performances on Sunday, January 26th, 2020 at Bolles Middle School.

Entry is free for all. But there will be a fee for dinner for non-members - $5 per person. Dinner will be free for all ICS members.

 

Details for the Poster Competition

  • Theme: Amazing India. Your poster should depict Places, Events, Culture or Personalities that make India Amazing and Unique!
  • It will be on  01/19/2020 at 1.00 pm (registration between 1.00 pm to 1.30 pm). The competition will start at 1.30 pm sharp.  All participants should be at the venue by 1.00 pm.
  • Duration 75 minutes.
  • Children can use any paint medium (please bring in your color supplies).
  • Poster paper will be provided to the children (9x14)
  • There will be three age groups:
    • 4 years – 6 years
    • 7 years – 10 years
    • 11 years – 15 years
  • Three winners will be awarded in each category. Participation awards for all participants.
  • Prizes will be announced and awarded during the cultural celebration on Sunday,  January 26th, 2020.
  • Once this form submitted, an automatic email will be sent to your email address. If you do not receive that email, your form was not submitted. If you are certain that form was correctly submitted, please send an email to Jaxics@gmail.com for help.
  • Please register using this linkby January 5th, 2020 (11:59 pm) to help us plan the event better.

For more information, please send your emails to poster@jaxics.org


Details for the Cultural Performances

  • Venue: Bolles Middle School, 2264 Bartram Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32202
  •  Cultural performances (song or dance) should only be patriotic or folk.
  •  Groups must have 6 or more participants.
  •  Performances should not be more than 4 minutes long.
  • Once this form submitted, an automatic email will be sent to your email address. If you do not receive that email, your form was not submitted. If you are certain that form was correctly submitted, please send an email to Jaxics@gmail.com for help.
  • Please submit your entry using this linkby Sunday, January 5th, 2020 (11:59 pm). 

 


Details for the Fancy Dress Competition

  • Venue: Bolles Middle School, 2264 Bartram Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32202
  • It must be based on India's national hero/ Leaders.
  • There will be two groups:
    • 4 years – 6 years
    • 7 years – 10 years
  • The Judges' decision will be final.
  • Participants will have a maximum of 1 minute as the stage. (going overtime will disqualify for decision)
  • Three winners will be awarded in each category. Participation awards for all participants.
  • Once this form submitted, an automatic email will be sent to your email address. If you do not receive that email, your form was not submitted. If you are certain that form was correctly submitted, please send an email to Jaxics@gmail.com for help.
  • Please submit your entry using this linkby Sunday, January 5th, 2020 (11:59 pm). 

 


Details for the Elocution competition:

  • Topic: Amazing India 

          There will be two groups:

                    8 years – 12 years

                   13 years –16 years

  • The Judges' decision will be final.
  • The use of flashcards is allowed. However, over-reliance on these cards may negatively impact your score.
  • The main judging criteria are Stage Confidence, Delivery Style and Content.
  • Participants will have a minimum of 2 minutes and a maximum of 4 minutes of stage time. (performances going overtime will not be judged)
  • Three winners will be awarded in each category. Participation awards for all participants.
  • Please be at the venue at least 15 mins prior.
  • Winners in each category to recite their speech at India Day event.
  • Once this form is submitted, an automatic email will be sent to your email address. If you do not receive that email, your form was not submitted. If you are certain that form was correctly submitted, please send an email to Jaxics@gmail.com for help.
  • The competition will be on 01/19/2020 at 3.00 pm sharp. (registration between 2.30 pm to 3.00 pm)
  • Please submit your entry using this linkby Sunday, January 5th, 2020 (11:59 pm). 
     

New Year's Eve Bash

Date/Time
See full schedule below ...
NOTE: On Nov 29th, we changed the rule regarding kids. Kids below 12
are now allowed, and their admission cost is $10 less than adult price.

Get ready to party the night away and welcome year 2020 in style with JAXICS.

ICS New Year's Eve Bash

Rock 'till you drop

Welcome the year 2020 with dance, music, games, drinks, fun, food, family, and friends.

Festivities

  • Games & Karaoke
  • DJ:  Bollywood music & dance
  • Indian appetizers (mostly veg, with some non-veg options)
  • Indian dinner (mostly veg, with some non-veg options)
  • Champagne will be provided (to adults only) at mid-night
  • Additional drinks can be purchased throughout the night at the cash bar

Schedule

  • Arrive at 7pm: check-in, mingle and socialize, take pictures at the photo booth.
  • Enjoy appetizers; (optionally) purchase drinks at the cash bar.
  • Enjoy a mix of games & Bollywood karaoke.
  • Dinner at 10pm.
  • DJ dance until mid-night.
  • Mid-night: Pop a champagne to welcome the new year.
  • Dance some more
  • Leave around 12:30.

Rules

  • Price is same for adults and kids 12 and above. Price for kids below 12 is $10 less than adults.
  • All purchases are final. No refunds.
  • You will see member price only when you login with your member account. Member price is applicable only to actual members, not to their non-member friends. If you are a member buying for non-members, please logout first. We will be checking everyone's membership status.
  • Drink within your limit. You are responsible for your actions and minors in your family.
  • You must follow all the instructions of the organizers. If you don't want to, you have the freedom to leave the party at any time.

Cost

In order to encourage an early decision, we have a progressively increasing price schedule between now and December 31st. As always, we give preferential treatment to our members by offering them lower price early on. You must login with your member account to see member prices.

Please note that tickets are limited, and we will close the purchase form once the hall capacity is reached, so purchase your ticket ASAP.

KIDS below 12: The prices below are for adults and kids 12 and up. For kids below 12, just subtract $10 from adult price.

Dates For Members
(per person)
For Non-members
(per person)
 
Until ?? $25 $35 members get $10 discount
From ?? to Dec 30th $35 $35 same price for all
On Dec 31st / At the gate $40 $40 $5 extra (cash only)

After reading everything, please click the online purchase form above.

See you all there!

RSVP required - Go to Ticket Purchase form

ICS New Year's Eve Bash 2091 flyer

Diwali

Date/Time
Social hour 3-4pm; performances start at 4pm
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Diwali, the Festival of Lights in Indian culture, is the flagship event of ICS event calendar. And ICS will celebrate it in style!

Festivities

  • Event starts with a Social hour for you to mingle in your Diwali best
  • The main attraction: Dazzling dance performances
  • Sumptuous Indian dinner (preceded by appetizers)
  • Event ends with open-to-all, free-style dance to DJ music

How to attend

In order to attend ICS Diwali, you need to do at least one of the following:

  • Become a member.
  • Become a sponsor.
  • Buy a VIP table (see below).
  • Buy a guest pass ($30 each) - guest pass purchase form - 1 pass, 2 passes, 3, 4, 5 ...

Become a member!

Please note that you must comply with all instructions of the management and security staff at all times.

Booths, Sponsorships, Yearbook Ads and VIP tables

Support our community and help your business at the same time ...

Please note that you must comply with all instructions of the management and security staff at all times.

Performance entries

ICS Diwali is the biggest South Asian event in Jacksonville, so it is understandable that lots of people want to perform on ICS Diwali stage. And we welcome that! But there are some rules. Read everything before submitting entries ...

  • All participants must be current members.
  • Children under 18 yrs cannot get individual membership on their own, they will need to be registered under a family membership.
  • All participants can only participate in one dance/item for the Diwali program.
  • You can register your entry online once the entry form is open for registration. Please register under the correct age group (most of your participants must be in the age range you select).
  • Minimum 10 participants required per group entry.
  • Duration for each performance is strictly limited to 4 minutes.
  • You will be able to add more than 10 participants if you have a larger group. You will not be able to choose your spot. We will assign a spot to all items by a lucky draw system in the presence of all coordinators/choreographers.
  • Multiple groups will not be allowed to use the same song so register your entry early to be able keep the song of your choice.
  • You will not be able to make changes to your entry online, once it is registered. The primary group contact will receive a separate link to upload their MP3 track and group picture.
  • Last date for submitting your entries is Oct 2nd (including your MP3 track and group picture).

We look forward to having a fun and entertaining evening, so let's rock it!!

JAXICS Diwali Yearbook 2019

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Talent Show

Date/Time
Saturday, 1 to 4:30pm
Talent Show 2019 poster

Free for members, $10 for Non Members

Reminder:  Early sign-up for 2020 memberships includes participation in Talent Show 2019. 

Details and Rules for Talent Show

  • Performances are grouped in 4 different age categories - Ages 4 - 6,7 - 10, 11-16, 17+ 

  • Performances can be solo or group performances.

  • No language restrictions

  • You can perform anything - sing, dance, play an instrument, speed painting or write your own poem and recite it. Anything which you can showcase in 4 minutes.

  • You will need to bring your own track, instrument or tools for your act, if needed

  • Time limit for performance is 4 minutes.

  • All performances will be judged by professionals from our community.

  • Top 3 performers in each age group will receive prizes if we have more than 5 entries. Otherwise only one will be the winner per age group.

  • Send us your details if you are interested in participating - Name, Contact Number, Email Id, Item Description,Special Instructions. If your child is interested in Participating then we need Parent Contact details. Email should be sent to talentshow@jaxics.org

Register Here - Talent Show Entry form

India Independence Day

Date/Time
Pre-event Activities - August 11th; Main Event - August 18th, 3pm
RSVP Form
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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 independenceday@jaxics.org if you have any questions.

CONSULAR SERVICES CAMP

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.

Sports Day

Date/Time
Volleyball/Throwball - June 1&2 (10am); Table Tennis - June 2 (3:30pm); Cricket - June 8 (7:30am); Chess/Carrom - June 9 (11:30am)
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It's time to get some exercise and enjoy a fun filled  ICS 2019 Sports Day. There are various game competitions we have planned for the day. This day you will be able to enjoy with your spouse as well as children. We have games for everyone. The venue, date and time for each games is scheduled as below. Please submit your team as well as individual entry as early as possible. We have limited team spots as well as individual spots due to Arena availability. Please register for the games below.

For any questions, please email sportsday@jaxics.org.

Following are the games planned as well as participation rules for each of the games:

Volleyball  -- For Boys and Men – June 1st 2019 (10am)
JJVA courts

  1. Minimum age of the player should be age 16 and Above
  2. Each team needs to have max 9 players. Please note that only 6 players will play at any time on the court.
  3. If you are sending registration for the complete team then please include at least 6 players names in the form submission.

Fees for ICS members -- $10 per person
Fees for ICS non- members -- $15 per person

Last date to register: Tuesday, May 28th.

Throwball - For Girls and Women June 1st 2019 (10am)
JJVA Volleyball courts

  1. Minimum age of the player should be age 16 and Above
  2. Each team needs to have max 9 players. Please note that only 7 players will play at any time on the court.
  3. If you are sending registration for the complete team then please include all players names in the submission.

Fees for ICS members -- $10 per person
Fees for ICS Non-members -- $15 per person

Last date to register: Tuesday, May 28th.

Throwball Rules Throwball Registration Form

Carrom -- Singles Only. For Everyone June 9th 2019 (11:30am)
Hindu Society of NEFL - Multi-purpose hall

  1. Minimum age of the player should be age 8 and above. 
  2. You will need to send your age with this registration as we will have to divide the participants in different age groups.
  3. Please read the rules before you come in.
  4. If you or your child is going to participate in both games be prepared to stay longer.
  5. We are looking for 3 more carrom boards and stands. If you have one Please send an e-mail to sportsday@jaxics.org or call 9046107406.
     

Fees for ICS members -- $5 per person
Fees for ICS Non-members -- $10 per person

Last date to register: Thursday, June 6th.

Carrom Rules Carrom Registration Form

Chess – For Everyone -June 9th 2019 (11:30am)
Hindu Society of NEFL - Multi-purpose hall

  1. Minimum age of the player should be age 7 and above. You will be playing against a boy or a girl in your age group.
  2. You will need to send your age with this registration as we will have to divide the participants in different age groups.
  3. Please bring your own Chess board and Pieces.
  4. Please download the Chess Clock App on your phone.
  5. Please read the rules before you come in.
  6. If you or your child is going to participate in both games be prepared to stay longer.
     

Fees for ICS members -- $5 per person
Fees for ICS Non-members -- $10 per person

Chess Rules Chess Registration Form

Cricket – For Everyone - June 8th 2019 (7:30am)
Atlantic Coast High School Cricket ground

  1. Minimum age of the player should be age 16 and Above
  2. Each team needs to have max 4 players. Please note that only 6 players will play at anytime on the ground.
  3. All the participating teams should report by 7:30 am for registration.
  4. Please bring your own cricket bats.
  5. The game will be played with cricket Tennis ball.
  6. The game format and schedule is being communicated to all registered team captain via WhatsApp group.
  7. Last day to register for Cricket will be Friday Morning June 7th 12:00pm.

Fees for ICS members -- $10 per person 
Fees for ICS Non-members -- $15 per person

Last date to register: Tuesday, June 4th.

Cricket Rules Cricket Registration Form

Table Tennis June 2nd 2019 – For Everyone (3:30pm)
4911 Spring Park Rd. Jacksonville, Fl. 32207

  1. Minimum age of the player should be age 12 and above. You will be playing against a boy or a girl in your age group.
  2. You will need to send your age with this registration as we will have to divide the participants in different age groups.
  3. If we have enough entries for Women then we will have a separate league for them.

Fees for ICS members -- $10 per person 
Fees for ICS Non-members -- $15 per person

Last date to register: Friday, May 30th.

Table Tennis Rules Table Tennis Registration Form

Karaoke Nite

Date/Time
Appetizers at 6pm; Dinner a bit later; Singing starts as soon as you want to.
RSVP Form
Online sales are closed now. Please buy your ticket at the venue.
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We Indians love our music. And ready or not, we love to sing. And why not? So Let's get together to sing our Bollywood favorites with ICS friends. Bring your family, friends, and loved-ones to enjoy an evening of fun, food, music, and masti.

ICS Karaoke Nite is a non-stop bonanza of Indian music numbers. Enough of bathroom singing. It's time to embarrass yourself or annoy others. Either way, singing is so much more fun with friends and family!

Cover charge

  • Cover charge covers dinner and venue cost. There will be a cash bar, which is separate.
  • $10 paid online in advance, for members.
  • $12 paid online in advance, for non-members.
  • $15 paid in cash at the gate, for everyone.
  • Kids under 12 can attend for $5 (paid in cash at the gate)

How to request your song

  1. Find your song soundtrack (preferably with lyrics) on the internet. We recommend searching YouTube in advance, or MeraGana.com, and perhaps practicing the song in advance - for your own sake and for the sake of the audience ;-)
  2. Pay $2 cash to the organizers (intake). Sorry, we have to charge something to regulate the deluge of song requests and cover misc costs. And you'd agree that $2 is a small, token amount.
  3. Send the song link to us via SMS or email (phone number and email address will be provided at the event). Use the Share - via SMS or Share - via Email feature of your smartphone to send the link.
  4. When your turn comes, we will tell you that you're next, so be ready. We will give you a mic, play your song on our projector display+sound-system. There's a 3 minute limit per song. We will only play from the beginning up to the first 3 minutes.

Please be respectful of everyone's time. We do events like this mainly for everyone's enjoyment.

Guest Experience Guidelines

Here's are the guidelines on how to make your experience as a guest most enjoyable.

  1. Buy ticket online or at the gate.

  2. Arrive at the gate on time (and buy ticket if not already bought).

  3. Mingle socially. Take appetizers.

  4. Go to intake, use their help to find and choose a song track.

  5. Once settled on a song track, pay $2 to intake.

  6. Wait for someone to take you to AV when your song will be next.

  7. You are given a mic and your song track starts.

  8. Listen to audio from the speaker, read the lyrics on the screen, and sing into the mic.

  9. Track plays for 3 minutes. And then the music stops. Applause!!!

  10. Come back to intake to request more songs. As many as you like. Tracks are played in the order of payment.

  11. During all this, continue enjoying appetizers, drinks, dinner, and most importantly - the company of friends.


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Holi

Date/Time
Carnival games, Food, DJ, Dance, Drinks, Music : 11 am; Colors: 2 pm
RSVP Form
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Holi 2019 flyer
Holi - fun activity booths
Holi - delicious food
Holi - group activities
Holi - dance
Holi - colors

Mark your calendars...don't miss out!! 

HSNEF and Indian Cultural Society of Jacksonville present Holi - festival of colors!

Rang De Holi... ICS and HSNEF invite you to celebrate Holi - Festival of colors, with your family & friends to shower in happiness and celebrate the colors of life! 

ICS has planned a variety of fun competitions for kids and adults, dance & rocking beats by MASTI MANIA, scrumptious home cooked food by HSNEF volunteers, famous ICS thandai, along with classic carnival games for children. The day will be filled with array of events and it will end with a riot of colors. Don't miss out, come and join the fun!

RSVP is required to participate in games, competitions and to win exciting prizes. ICS members will get free color and thandai (RSVP required)