3rd Annual Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival

Enjoy dozens of exciting international performances and unique cultural activities at the free 3rd Annual Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the Custom House Plaza in Downtown Monterey, CA. 

Festival at a Glance:

What: The City of Monterey and The Rotary Club of Monterey present the 3rd 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 3rd 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 hundreds of performers of dances and authentic music from a variety of international cultures, representing many different languages. The performances will be coordinated for the third year by Sameera Sharif, Assistant Professor at the Defense Language Institute. The Festival will also offer an array of ethnic crafts, interactive 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 offered by many vendors from around the world as well as beer and wine.

When: Sunday, May 7, 2017. The Festival kicks off with a very colorful procession on Alvarado Street in Downtown Monterey at 10:30 am. The Festival continues until 6:00 p.m. in the Custom House Plaza.

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

Cost: Free

More information: www.lcowfest.com or contact Jaclyn Jordan at [email protected] or Bob Massaro (831) 649-6544 Email: [email protected]

Supporting the importance of this unique event, Festival sponsors include Presenting Sponsor, The Rotary Club of Monterey. Other sponsors include Arts Council for Monterey County, Fisherman’s Wharf Association, City of Monterey, Old Monterey Business Association, Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) and more. Additional sponsors are welcome.

The trademarked slogan of “Language Capital of the World®” for Monterey County was approved by the Library of Congress. It has been used for many years to reflect the many institutions and businesses involved with international studies and language instruction in Monterey County.

Monterey County organizations also play an important role in providing translation (written word) and interpretation (spoken) services around the globe such as Morovia, LanguageLine Solutions and MediaLocate USA, among others. Organizations such as the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of Monterey, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Monterey Peninsula College, California State University of Monterey Bay and other local entities provide instruction in many languages.  The Naval Postgraduate School has hosted students from more than 100 nations and provides professional, service-oriented educational programs for the U.S. armed forces and international militaries. Monterey County is also a very popular destination from visitors throughout the world, and Monterey's languages and cultural diversity are reflected in its Native American, Chinese, Filipino, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Portuguese, Spanish and Vietnamese roots.

According to Dino Pick, Deputy City Manager, City of Monterey, “We are always so pleased to highlight our institutions of higher learning, military installations and businesses such as MIIS, DLI, Moravia and LanguageLine Solutions at this very unique event. These organizations and their world-class faculty, staff and students help to make Monterey an important ‘Language Capital of the World’”.


For more information and updates, go to www.lcowfest.com