Neighbor meeting neighbor.
I like that phrase tagged by the International Festival Faribault planning committee to an event celebrating my community’s cultural diversity.
When we personalize, then we begin to see beyond the differences. We see individuals rather than skin color or clothing. We hear the person and not the language. We connect. We become neighbors.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, August 22, the Faribault community comes together in Central Park for this 10th annual celebration of diversity. International Festival Faribault aims to promote an understanding between cultures and to unite the community with music, dance, art, ethnic foods and merchandise.
I’ve attended the festival numerous times and delight in this opportunity to meet others, to sample ethnic foods, to listen to music, to check out the art and more. My favorite has always been observing children gathered to break pińatas. It is then that I see the possibilities for Faribault. We can learn from these kids who care not about differences but rather are focused as one on a single goal.
On Saturday, let that goal be neighbor meeting neighbor.
Here’s the International Festival Faribault entertainment schedule:
- 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Steve Huber on acoustic guitar
- 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.- Otto & Celia – Guatemalan singers on keyboard; Patti Letona – Guatemalan singer; and Eliana Tobar – El Salvadorian singer
- 11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Selvin – Guatemalan dancer
- 11:45 a.m. – noon – Children’s Dance Performance by Florecitas de Dios
- noon – 1 p.m. – Ollin Ayacaxtly Aztec Dancers
- 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Flag Ceremonies (national anthems and salutes)
- 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – South Sudanese music and dancers
- 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Cambodian dancers
- 3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Hula Hoop Performance by Adrienne Lee
- 3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Breaking of piñatas
FYI: Admittance to International Festival Faribault is free.