Multicultural Festival April 9
The University of Redlands will present the 21st annual Living on Common Ground Multicultural Festival from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.on Saturday, April 9 on the University Quad. The event, celebrating various cultures through music, food, arts and crafts and activities, is free and open to the public.
The day will feature music, stories, drumming and dancing from a variety of performers: 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 has become a tradition, there will be a children’s area featuring crafts from around the world. In addition, students from the College of Arts & Sciences’ Business 310 class will be hosting a healthy living section, encouraging people to learn how to eat, play and feel well.
In charge of organizing the festival this year are co-directors Angelina Lorenzo, a junior, and sophomores Fernando Cerda and Ani Seuylemezian. "We are pleased to bring together the campus and community on common ground once again for a tradition that was created by (Johnston Center student) Jana Wilcoxen in 1991. It is our pleasure to continue what started as one individual's vision to celebrate community while breaking down barriers," they said.
Leela MadhavaRau, associate dean for campus diversity and inclusion, said she is delighted to see the tradition continue. “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,” she said.
The festival is sponsored by the University of Redlands’ Multicultural Center, the ASUR Executive Director of Inclusion, the Office of Campus Diversity and Inclusion and many other campus partners.