Monday was the first day of IAC, and it was busy right from the beginning. There was a cool opening ceremonies presentation, including some folk music and folk dancing – both with children and adults. There was a fun song where the band played while dancing around with the rest of the group, and then they’d play in different ways – laying down, with one arm hooked under their leg, or off-key – it was really cute. There was also a great contemporary violinist, a medieval choir, and the Prague Children’s Choir. The children’s choir sang songs from different countries – the U.S. song was “Michael Rowed His Boat Ashore.” There was also a performance of "black light" theater.
The only bad thing about the opening ceremonies was that it ran long, so I didn’t actually have time to grab lunch before heading to the afternoon full of presentations. My boss, Steve, is here also, so I met up with him in the afternoon to check out the sessions.
After the sessions ended, there was an opening reception. The reception was a lot of fun – there was a fair amount of food and some drinks. I sat with some friends and chatted.