For 23 years, the Harrisonburg International Festival has been a leader in celebrating the ways a diverse community “creates home together.” Even though the gathering has traditionally been a half-day, in-person event, in response to the current pandemic, the 2020 festival will allow participants to DIGITALLY share and enjoy the culinary, cultural, and entrepreneurial contributions our international community makes to our Shenandoah Valley home.
The family-friendly festival gave visitors the opportunity to sample different cultures right here in Harrisonburg. There was music, games, and various food vendors to provide international cuisine. Also included in the program were cultural dances and fashion shows.
On Saturday, Sept. 26th, Harrisonburg will celebrate its 18th annual International Festival at Hillandale Park. But for the third year, another event, called the Harrisonburg International CommUNITY Celebration, will surround the festival and combine food, music, film and children’s activities in a two-week-long celebration of Harrisonburg’s vibrant and diverse culture. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.
Boris Ozuna, the new director of Harrisonburg’s International Festival, got his first taste of community organizing as a child in Sincelejo, Colombia. His mother was involved in justice work with the group that would become Sembrandopaz, a regional peacebuilding and human development organization now led by Ricardo Esquivia, one of the original strategic planners for Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.
Boris Ozuna is the executive director of the Harrisonburg International Festival, and joins to promote the September 26th Noon-6p event at Hillendale Park. The HIF is one of the highest attended events in Harrisonburg each year. Don’t miss it!
Festival goers can enjoy at least 10 music and dancing acts on two stages highlighted by singer songwriter and educator Jose Luis Orozco performing with Harrisonburg children and also with The Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir.
Free and open to the public, visitors can experience an extravaganza of performing, visual, and culinary arts and a world of beautiful people offering a remarkable smorgasbord of mouth-watering delicacies, musical talent and dance, creative folk art, language...
The festival featured cultures from Ethiopia, Mexico, India, Thailand, Europe, Puerto Rico, Central America, Ireland, the Middle East and China, as well as Native American and ancient civilizations.
Unity: International Festival To Mesh With Moving Planet Event September 23rd, 2011
One is a Harrisonburg tradition over a decade old. The other is a grassroots movement in its inaugural year. This Saturday two very different events will be taking place in Harrisonburg. But both events share a common goal; bringing members of the community together in a display of unity.