20th Annual Living on Common Ground Multicultural Festival

20th Annual Multicultural Festival Poster

The University of Redlands is pleased to announce the 20th annual Living on Common Ground Multicultural Festival on Saturday, April 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the university’s Quad.

The Multicultural Festival is a tradition that started in 1991 by Johnston student Jana Wilcoxen as a part of her senior project. As a student, she hoped to organize an event that would bring together the university and the Redlands community to celebrate various cultures through music, food, art and activities.

The festival has come a long way from its beginnings 20 years ago. This year not only marks its 20th anniversary but also the first year there will be a Green Corner. The Green Corner is sponsored by the one of the university’s undergraduate business classes and will highlight sustainability and how to be more environmentally friendly through various crafts and activities.

This year’s performers will include Ceili House Band, Eagle and Buffalo Dancers, St. Mary's Ballet Folklorico, Redlands African Drumming Ensemble, Rangashree Folk Dances of India, Scimitar Dance Company, Thokoza African Gospel Choir, Freedom Sounds Korean Drumming, Arpana South Asian Dancers, Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea, Venice Koshin Taiko, Cuauhtemoc Aztec Dancers, Michael Heralda, Aztec Stories.

"As Director of the 20th Annual Living on Common Ground Multicultural Festival, I have the honor of planning a spectacular event that celebrates various cultures through music, food, arts, crafts, and activities. I am ecstatic and pleased to bring together the campus and community on common ground once again,” said the festival’s student director Chris Phanngam ’10. “It is my pleasure to continue what started as one individual’s vision to celebrate community while breaking down barriers.”

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information call Leela MadhavaRau at 909-748-8285.

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