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Multicultural Festival 2011

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University of Redlands’ Living on Common Ground Multicultural Festival Celebrates 21 Years

Redlands, CA – March 29, 2011

The University of Redlands’ Multicultural Center, ASUR Executive Director of Inclusion and the Office of Campus Diversity and Inclusion, in collaboration with many other campus partners, is delighted to announce that the 21st annual Living on Common Ground Multicultural Festival will take place on Saturday, April 9 on the University Quad from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

The Multicultural Festival began as the brainchild of a Johnston Center senior, Jana Wilcoxen, in 1991. Reflecting back on that first event in a commemorative piece written for the 2010 Festival, she comments:
The process of organizing the festival and the festival itself were about breaking down barriers. Not just barriers between people from different cultures, but also between students from different sides of the campus, between students and Redlands community residents, and even the barrier between performer and audience. Put another way, I wanted to break down the barriers between us and them and focus on we.
These year’s performers 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, and Michael Heralda’s Aztec Stories.

As usual, there will be a children’s corner, featuring crafts from around the world. Students from the Business 310 class will be hosting a Healthy Living section, encouraging people to learn how to eat right, play right and feel right.

Junior Angelina Lorenzo and sophomores Fernando Cerda and Ani Seuylemezian are serving as Festival Co-Directors this year. They comment, "As Co-Directors of the 21st Annual Living on Common Ground Multicultural Festival, we have the honor of planning a spectacular event that celebrates various cultures through music, food, arts, crafts, and activities. We are ecstatic and pleased to bring together the campus and community on common ground once again for a tradition that was created by Jana Wilcoxen in 1991. It is our pleasure to continue what started as one individual's vision to celebrate community while breaking down barriers."

Leela MadhavaRau, Associate Dean for Campus Diversity and Inclusion is delighted to see the Multicultural Festival occurring once again: “I see Living on Common Ground as a celebration of all that we do on this campus to bring people together, regardless of their individual identifications. The Festival provides a chance for celebration, participation, laughter, questions and answers and town-gown participation. It is little wonder that such an event has entered its third decade. It addresses a fundamental need in all of us to find common ground with one another and build community.” 



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