An Array of Outstanding Performances Announced for the 2nd Annual Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival to be held in Monterey, CA on May 14 and 15, 2016


Over two dozen exciting international performances will take place at the 2nd Annual Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival that will be held on Saturday, May 14th and Sunday, May 15th at the Upper Custom House Plaza in Downtown Monterey, CA. 

Hundreds of performers of colorful dances and authentic music from a variety of international cultures will represent an array of different languages (listed in parentheses). The performances will be coordinated for the second year by Sameera Sharif, Assistant Professor at the Defense Language Institute, The schedule for this outstanding two-day Festival is listed below. 

Supporting the importance of this unique event, the numerous Festival sponsors include the Presenting Sponsor, Moravia, and Arts Council for Monterey County, Fisherman’s Wharf Association, Monterey Commercial Property Owners Association (MCPOA), City of Monterey, Old Monterey Business Association, Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS), AT&T, LanguageLine Solutions, Joint National Committee for Language (JNCL), MediaLocate, Richard Schneider Language Services, El Estero Car Wash, Alvarado Street Brewery, The Wharf Marketplace, California American Water, La Sala's Bi-Rite Market, 1st Capital Bank, DLI Foundation, International Language and Culture Foundation, Nick Papadakis and Copy King. In-Kind sponsors include Wild Plum Cafe, One & Done Events, Old Monterey Foundation, Simply Designed Media, Sunstar Media, Monterey County Business Council, California State Parks, Vanessa Hicks Photography, Monterey Signs, Monterey Church California, Green Pedal Couriers, DLI Foundation, Patriot Motorsports Group,  and Red's Donuts. The Festival’s media sponsors include KSBW 8 NBC, Central Coast ABC, and Estrella TV Central Coast and Monterey County Weekly.   


Festival at a Glance:

What: 2nd Annual Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival

Held in the heart of historic Old Monterey adjacent to Downtown Monterey and Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf, the 2nd Annual “Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival” will highlight Monterey's rich language, culture, and international affairs capabilities, as well as its Sister City relationships.  Fun for all ages, the Festival will feature cultural dancing and singing, Henna face painting, ethnic foods and crafts, Sister City exhibits, and exhibits from the flagship foreign language and culture institutions of higher learning, as well as language and culture mini-lessons. There will be delicious international food and beverages offered from many vendors with food from around the world including Japanese, Korean, American BBQ, Indian and Lebanese, as well as beer and wine.

When: The Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival will be held on Saturday, May 14th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Procession on Alvarado Street in Downtown Monterey at 10:00 am); Sunday, May 15th 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. 

Where: Upper Custom House Plaza, 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940

Cost: Free

More information: www.lcowfest.com

Contact: Jaclyn Jordan at [email protected] or call Bob Massaro at (831) 649-6544

 

Event Schedule – Saturday, May 14th

Language

Time

Procession/ Color Guard beginning on Alvarado Street

All

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Opening Remarks National  Anthem

English

10:30 AM -10:55 AM

Korean Sound Dance with drums-Korean Culture Center Urisawi

Korean

11:00 AM- 11:15 AM

Punjabi Folk Dance-Pakistani Bhanghra Group

Pakistani

11:15 AM-11:25 AM

Flamenco Dance-Azahar Flamenco de Monterey

Spanish

11:25 AM - 11:35 AM

Traditional Chinese Dragon Dance-POM Dragon Dance Team

Chinese

11:35 AM -11:45 AM

Korean Culture Center Urisawi- Crown Dance

Korean

11:45 AM -11:50 AM

Salinas High School Japanese Students (2 Groups)

Japanese

11:50 AM -12:00 PM

Performance Break although Cultural and Language Lessons, Cultural Displays, Activities and International Food continue all day

 Performance Break

12:00 PM -2:00 PM

Korean Fan Dance-DLIFLC

Korean

2:00 PM -2:10 PM

Salinas High Japanese Students Mabuta no Sakebi

Japanese

2:10 PM - 2:16 PM

Estampa de Las Americas

Mexican

2:16 PM - 2:26 PM

Indian Folk dance- Rajestani Madhumita Mehotra Group

Hindi

2:31 PM -2:40 PM

French Contemporary Dance (The Carmel Dance Center)

French

2:40 PM -2:50 PM

Middle Eastern Folk Song and Dance-Ghassan Bidawid  Group

Arabic

2:50 PM -3:00 PM

UCSC K-Pop Dance Club

Korean

3:00 PM -3:10 PM

Jazz Dance Performance American-themed salute-The Carmel Dance Center

American

3:10 PM - 3:20 PM

Bollywood Dancing-Om Shanti Om Bollywood Dance Group

Hindi

3:20 PM - 3:30 PM

Chinese Traditional Music Solo

Chinese

3:40 PM - 3:50 PM

Bollywood Dancing-Ash Dance Group

Hindi

3:50 PM - 4:00 PM

Fil-American Community Cultural Dancers

Filipino

4:00 PM - 4:10  PM

Monterey Bay Lion Dance Team

Chinese

4:10 PM - 4:25 PM

Closing Remarks

English

4:45 PM -5:00 PM

Event Schedule – Sunday, May 15th

Language

Time

Opening Remarks  

English

11:00 AM -11:05 AM

Monsori Samulnori Ensemble

Korean

11:05 AM-11:15 AM

Flamenco Dance-Azahar Flamenco de Monterey

Spanish

11:15 AM - 11:25 AM

Bollywood-Ash Dance Group

Hindi

11:25 AM-11:35 AM

Punjabi Folk Dance- Safeer Alam group

Punjabi

11:35 AM-11:45 AM

Traditional Chinese Dragon Dance-POM Dragon Dance Team

Chinese

11:45 AM-11:55 AM

Korean Royal Court Dance- Kate Hwang group

Korean

11:55 AM-12:00 PM

Performance Break although Cultural and Language Lessons, Cultural Displays, Activities and International Food continue all day

 Performance Break

12:00 PM-2:00 PM

Bollywood Dancing

Hindi

2:00 PM-2:15 PM

Korean Fan Dance

Korean

2:15 PM-2:30 PM

Bollywood Dancing-Om Shanti Om Bollywood Dance

Hindi

2:30 PM-2:45 PM

Middle Eastern Folk Song and Dance

Arabic

2:45 PM-3:00 PM

Punjabi Folk Dance-Pakistani Bhanghra Group

Urdu

3:00 PM-3:15 PM

Estampa de Las Americas

Mexican

3:15 PM-3:30 PM

Chinese Folk Dance Yang Ge Wu-DLI Chinese Dance Group

Chinese

3:30 PM -3:50 PM

Belly Dance with American Flair-Park Avenue Bellydance

Arabic

3:50 PM- 4:05 PM

Filipino Folk Dance-Emerson Reyes Group

Filipino

4:05 PM-4:15 PM

Bollywood Dancing-Ash Dance Group

Hindi

4:15 PM-4:30 PM