San Diegan’s will celebrate their unique cultural diversity at the Seventh Annual San Diego Multicul-tural Festival on Saturday, January 15, 2005. 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. coinciding with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade, and will be held on the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade on the north side of Harbor Drive between Market and Fourth Avenue, across from the San Diego Convention Center.
“We are very proud to be involved in this annual event celebrating San Diego’s cultural diversity,” said Peter Hall, Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC) president. “We hope this year’s festival builds on the success of years past and brings together an array of people to our booming downtown area.”
The popular festival regularly draws several thousand people, and this year, 15,000 20,000 people are expected to attend. A variety of activities will enliven the festival, including two stages featuring performers of various cultural orientations, plus food and merchandise vendors and representatives from local community organizations
The Children’s Museum/San Diego Museo de los Niños, together with the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership (including the San Diego Museum of Art, Museum of Man, and other museums), will oversee an interactive children’s area offering art activities and entertainment.
The San Diego/Imperial Girl Scouts will open the festival with a program of song emphasizing the importance of cultural bridging. Throughout the day enjoy the sounds and dances of San Diego’s diverse cultures: West African; Blues & Jazz; Pacific Islander; Chinese; Zydeco Cajun; Hip-Hop; Native American; Cambodian; Swing; Hispanic; Afro-Cuban; Filipino; and more.
Festival-goers will also be able to interact with San Diego artists at the Artists’ Circle at Children’s Park, where they will be displaying and working on their artwork. Artists from the City of San Diego’s Commission for Arts and Cultural Traditional Arts Program will also be on hand to teach new generations the history and traditions behind their inspiring works. The Artists’ Circle will be located at Children’s Park between Island Avenue, First and Front. Additionally, some of San Diego’s International Sister Cities will be represented near the artists’ circle, including Taichung, Taiwan, Edinburgh, Scotland and others.
Attendees are encouraged to take the San Diego Trolley (Convention Center Stop) or park at the new Sixth and K Parkade (Sixth Avenue and Market Street.)