Festival of Cultures Seeks Community’s Involvement


OnPoint Community Credit Union presents the Latino Community Association’s (LCA) 5th Annual Festival of Cultures (formerly High Desert Inter-Cultural Festival) on September 10, 2011 at Redmond’s Centennial Park.

In keeping with its vision of a cohesive and diverse community where everyone is valued and empowered to participate and contribute to the health and prosperity of Central Oregon, LCA invites the entire community to celebrate America’s greatest asset – our people.

Last year marked a turning point in the evolution of the festival as the date was moved from April to September and the venue from the International School at Redmond’s Hartman Campus to Centennial Park in Redmond’s downtown. “The first year holding the event outdoors definitely presented some challenges, but Centennial Park is an ideal location and this year we plan to expand to incorporate more of the surrounding public spaces,” says Festival Coordinator, Carol Burnett.

The Festival is an international affair including booths set up by Central Oregon residents representing nearly thirty different cultures from around the world. Also included are local dance troupes, singers, and musicians, ethnic food vendors, and a children’s area. An official Naturalization Ceremony was added in 2010 and will definitely continue this year. For the 2011 event we plan to add more food vendors, a beer & wine garden and craft vendors.

They are currently seeking a couple of lead volunteers, one to oversee our volunteer corps and another to act as liaison to our vendors. We are also seeking craft vendors and more cultural booths. To volunteer or participate in this year’s Festival of Cultures, contact Festival Coordinator, Carol Burnett at 610-3075 or carol@festivalofcultures.info. For information in Spanish, call LCA at 382-4366 or info@festivalofcultures.info You can also interact via Facebook.com/FestivalOfCultures.

For more information about the Festival visit www.festivalofcultures.info or contact the Latino Community Association at 382-4366 or www.latinocommunityassociation.org


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