The world becomes a much smaller place Saturday – small enough, in fact, to squeeze onto the Modesto Junior College East Campus for the 22nd annual International Heritage Festival.
Billed as a trip around the world, the free voyage kicks off at 11 a.m. with presentations by Modesto Poet Laureate Gillian Wegner, YES Company soloist Angel Hermosillo, and a parade of flags with participants sporting traditional international costumes.
Festival “passengers” can weave their way throughout the countries represented, visiting the varied displays; children can enjoy crafts and collect stamps and stickers while getting a real-life lesson about cultures, history, geography and art.
Music, dance and food will be offered at the daylong event, geared to showcase the region’s kaleidoscope of heritages and celebrate a shared American experience. The event is put together by the all-volunteer, nonprofit International Heritage Festival Committee.
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Among countries set to be represented are Italy, China, El Salvador, Scotland, Guatemala, France, Ireland, Egypt, Norway, India, Vietnam and Liberia, as well as the culture of Assyria and others.