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Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Moab Festival of Cultures

Moab will host a unique festival to celebrate the various cultures found in southwestern Utah. The press release below gives detais.

MOAB, Utah—The Moab Valley Multicultural Center hosts the inaugural Festival of Cultures on May 2-4, 2008 on Center Street in downtown Moab. This event celebrates the wide variety of cultures in the Four Corners region and will feature educational speakers and films, a street fair, cultural dance, music and performance art, festival booths and even a parade. This community cultural event begins at 3:45 p.m. on Friday and will conclude around 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Several guest speakers and films will explore topics of multicultural values and perspectives. Scheduled to appear are Lucille Hunt, a noted Navajo storyteller; Tony Yapias, former director of Utah's Office of Hispanic Affairs and editor/publisher of UtahLatinos.com; and Yukio Kachi, retired professor of philosophy and multicultural scholar. Three films that highlight the similarities and differences within cultures will also be shown: Cartas del Otra Lado (Letters from the Other Side); ONE; and Navajo Boy. Public discussions will follow each film screening. A photographic exhibit by Armando Solorzano, associate professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Studies at the University of Utah will be on display in the city offices for viewing during the festival. The exhibit will include photos that illustrate Hispanics in Utah through the past hundred years.

Exhibition booths will feature food, crafts and information: food options will include traditional Mexican dishes, Navajo tacos, Korean delicacies and Thai stir fries; an international bazaar will feature handicrafts from around the world; and a children’s area will be available offering face painting, dancing and music. The parade, scheduled for Friday, will feature participants dancing and performing in their native dress. The Balet Folklorico, Taiko drummers, and Desert Veils have been invited to perform. Sunday’s events will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mexican food, mariachi music and salsa/merengue dancing. Vendors interested in reserving a booth must submit an application by March 31, 2008. Complete details are available online at www.moabvalleymulticulturalcenter.org/festivalofcultures.

The Festival of Cultures is a community cultural project that would not be possible without the help of several local non-profits. The event is made possible by partnerships and grants from the City of Moab, the Utah Arts Council, the Utah Humanities Council, the Moab Arts Council and the Moab Travel Council. For information on lodging and other activities in the Moab area, including what to see, where to stay, and what to do, visit the Moab Area Travel Council at www.discovermoab.com.

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