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Family Village Festival Returns to Downtown Riverside

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The Multicultural Council of the Riverside Museum Associates will present the Family Village Festival, an outdoor event for adults and children, in downtown Riverside on October 1, 2011.

The one-day celebration of cultures presents singing, music, dance, crafts, art and food from more than fifteen different cultures. Representatives from these cultures will entertain on stage as well as in “villages” so that visitors can learn more about the culture in an entertaining way.

The Festival will take place outdoors between Lemon and Orange Streets on Mission Inn Avenue from 10 am until 5 pm. This block will be blocked to vehicular traffic from 6 am until 6 pm. Free to the public, this year’s Honorary Chair is the Honorable Mayor of Riverside, Ronald O. Loveridge. Mayor Loveridge has been a long time supporter of multicultural projects in the City.

Along with the support of the Riverside Metropolitan Museum and the Riverside Museum Associates, the colorful event promises a variety of music – the theme this year is Music Around the World. Some of the cultures to be represented are China, Scandinavia, Peru, Samoa, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Japan and more. There will be craft activities designed for children and special projects such as the Passport to Culture for the first 500 children to sign up at the event.

This year a new feature of the Festival will be the eco-friendly aspect of its production. The following statement has been developed to define the Festival’s position: The Family Village Festival believes that protecting the environment is an important step in promoting healthy families and communities. Beginning in 2011, we will incorporate environmentally responsible strategies and practices as fundamental and integrated components of the operations and programs of the Family Village Festival. The Family Village Festival is committed to partnering with others to make our community a more sustainable place to live, work and play.

The event has been designed and developed yearly since 1997 – with a hiatus between 2008 and the present – by the Multicultural Council, a cadre of volunteers interested in promoting a better understanding of the cultures represented in the community.

For more information you may contact: Katherine Wilson Volunteer Chairperson, Family Village Festival 2011 Email: kdw815@gmail.com
Telephone: 951.283.4347 Riverside Metropolitan Museum
Fax: 951.369.4970

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