January 05, 2007

Ninth Annual Multicultural Festival Celebrates Cultural Diversity

San Diego’s cultural diversity will again be celebrated at the Ninth Annual San Diego Multicultural Festival on Saturday, January 13, 2007. The free event will feature a variety of food, entertainment and fun for the entire family. The festival takes place from 11:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m., along the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade on the north side of Harbor Drive between Market Street and Fourth Avenue, across from the San Diego Convention Center. The festival coincides with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade at 10 a.m. near Petco Park.

“CCDC is thrilled to organize the ninth year of this exciting event devoted to showcasing and celebrating San Diego’s cultural diversity,” said Nancy Graham, Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC) president. “The success of the event is a testament to the rich spectrum of diversity and pride represented in the San Diego community.”

The popular festival regularly draws thousands of people, and this year, 25,000-30,000 people are expected to attend. A variety of activities will enliven the festival, including three stages featuring performers of various cultural orientations, international storytellers, plus food and merchandise vendors and representatives from local community organizations. A complete performance and activity schedule will soon be available online at www.ccdc. com.

New and exciting things to see in 2007 include, The Art Miles Mural Project, incorporating an extensive gallery of murals from around the world. The Art Miles Mural Project provides an innovative opportunity to capture the essence, heritage and spirit of a “global village” through the creation of large-scale murals (12’ x 5’). The festival will offer the first major presentation of these marvelous murals in San Diego. There will also be an opportunity to participate in the making of a mural. Visit www.artmiles.org to understand the enormity of this project.

The Children’s Museum/Museo de los Niños San Diego, together the San Diego Museum of Art and the Rad Hatter, will oversee an interactive children’s area offering art activities and entertainment.

On the two major stages throughout the day, enjoy the sounds and dances of San Diego’s diverse cultures: West African; Ballet Folklorico, Zydeco-Louisiana Cajon Music; Hip-Hop; Native American; Traditional Western; Pacific Islander music& dance, Balinese, Chinese and more.

Festival-goers will enjoy a third stage, located in the Children’s Park where international storytellers will engage the audience in stories from West Africa, Scotland-Ireland, Native America, Japan and Africa. Additionally, some of San Diego’s International Sister Cities will be represented in the same area, including Taichung, China, Edinburgh, Scotland and others.

Festival attendees can enter a FREE drawing for the chance to win prizes such as airline tickets, dinners, lunches, gift certificates, a stay in a downtown hotel, and more.

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