Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival to be held on May 15, 2021

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the 6th Annual Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival which was to be held on September 19th, 2020 has been postponed until Saturday, May 15, 2021. 

Save the date for the family-friendly, free 6th Annual Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival at the Custom House Plaza - Monterey State Historic Park in downtown Monterey, adjacent to Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf.

At a Glance:

When: Saturday, May 15, 2021 11:00 a.m. ­– 5:00 p.m. 

Where: Custom House Plaza- Monterey State Historic Park, 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940

Cost: Free

Parking: Convenient (paid) parking is available in the City of Monterey Waterfront, East Garage and West Garage parking lots.

Contact: Wendy Brickman (831) 594-1500 or email [email protected]com

More information:

About the 6th Annual Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival

The free 6th Annual Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021. There will be fabulous performances by an array of dancers and musicians representing cultures from across the globe, ethnic food, free mini-language lessons and cultural experiences, a variety of cultural booths, and vendors of gift items from around the world.

Learn some words in a foreign language at the mini-language lessons, and then have fun trying them out at a cultural, crafts or food both!

Monterey County’s economy depends on spending by faculty and students from local language and culture institutions like the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) and DLIFLC, and employees connected with area language-services businesses, so please come out and support this very special event. 

Attendees will  be treated to a full day of fabulous international dances, music and colorful costumes. The performances are coordinated by Master of Ceremonies Sameera E. Sharif, DLIFLC.

Mini-Language Lessons

Understanding other languages is important in today’s global marketplace. Festival attendees will enjoy taking a mini-language lesson.

Cultural and Informational Exhibits

There will be an array of fascinating international cultural and informational exhibits.

International Food

Many kinds of delicious international ethnic food will be available for sale as well as visit our international handicraft booths selling beautiful items. This is also a good way to practice those new foreign-language words that you will have learned.

Sponsorships Needed

Especially for this coming year’s festival, sponsorships and donations are needed to hold this event on May 15, 2021 so please contact us if you can help. We thank our current dedicated sponsors which include Fisherman’s Wharf Association, LanguageLine Solutions, Old Monterey Business Association, CSUMB, Monterey Kiwanis, Alvarado Street Brewery, Alliance Francaise, Old Monterey Foundation and SunStar Media.

To sponsor the event, or for further details, visit www.lcowfest.com or call Wendy Brickman at (831) 633-4444.

Festival Significance

Numerous Monterey County organizations play an important role in providing global services in translation (written word) and interpretation (spoken word), such as LanguageLine Solutions and MediaLocate, among others. Organizations like the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of Monterey, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey Peninsula College, CSUMB 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-orientated educational programs for the United States Armed Forces and for international militaries. Monterey County is also a highly popular destination for visitors from around the world, and Monterey’s linguistic and cultural diversity is reflected in its Native American, Chinese, Filipino, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Portuguese, Spanish and Vietnamese roots.

Please support the many costs of the Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival via its non-profit partner, Old Monterey Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Federal Tax ID # 45-1343649. Donation checks can be made out to Old Monterey Foundation (on the “notes” line, please specify that the donation is for the Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival) and mailed to Wendy Brickman, 395 Del Monte Center, #250, Monterey, CA 93940.

About Old Monterey Foundation

Old Monterey Foundation, the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization partner of the Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival for the past 5 years, was formed on February 14, 2011, with the specific mission and purpose of promoting, supporting and enhancing the artistic, cultural and historical environment of historic Downtown Monterey, California. It hosts many historical lectures and events. It has also made numerous improvements at the Lower Presidio Historic Park, including historic interpretive signs, pathways, benches and tables. For further details, please visit www.oldmontereyfoundation.org

For further details on Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival or any of the businesses, organizations and associations mentioned herein, please call Wendy Brickman at 831-594-1500 or email [email protected]brickmanmarketing.com