Please note that you must comply with all instructions of the management and security staff at all times.
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 ...
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!!
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 [email protected]
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.
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.
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 covers dinner and venue cost. There will be a cash bar, which is separate.
Kids under 12 can attend for $5 (paid in cash at the gate)
How to request your song
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 ;-)
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.
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.
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.
Buy ticket online or at the gate.
Arrive at the gate on time (and buy ticket if not already bought).
Mingle socially. Take appetizers.
Go to intake, use their help to find and choose a song track.
Once settled on a song track, pay $2 to intake.
Wait for someone to take you to AV when your song will be next.
You are given a mic and your song track starts.
Listen to audio from the speaker, read the lyrics on the screen, and sing into the mic.
Track plays for 3 minutes. And then the music stops. Applause!!!
Come back to intake to request more songs. As many as you like. Tracks are played in the order of payment.
During all this, continue enjoying appetizers, drinks, dinner, and most importantly - the company of friends.
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)
We will be starting the celebrations with a kickoff Poster Competition event on Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at the Hindu Temple (HSNEF) on Greenland Road, followed by our signature cultural celebrations on Sunday, January 27th, 2019 at Bolles Middle School.
Poster Competition for Children – Sat, Jan 12th, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Venue: Hindu Temple (HSNEF), 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville FL 32258
Please register using this link: https://bit.ly/2Lyxlzjby Monday, January 7th, 2019, to help us plan the event better.