Language & cultural festival set Oct. 6 in Monterey

October 2019, Monterey. Travel around the world without leaving the Monterey Peninsula!  Don’t miss the family-friendly, free 5th Annual Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival at the Custom House Plaza in downtown Monterey, adjacent to Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf. The free festival will be held on Sunday, October 6, 2019 10:00 a.m. ­– 5:00 p.m.  in the Custom House Plaza, Monterey State Historic Park, 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940. Details are at  

The free 5th Annual Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival will feature fabulous performances by an array of dancers and singers 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 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. 

Many 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.

For more information, visit or call Wendy Brickman at (831) 633-4444.

Launching the festivities at 10:00 a.m. are DLI Color Guard and National Anthem performances, followed by brief opening remarks from DLIFLC Commandant Colonel Gary M. Hausman and from City of Monterey Mayor Clyde Roberson.

Attendees will then be treated to a full day of fabulous international dances, music and colorful costumes. This year encompasses nearly three dozen international performances reflecting many different languages and cultures: America (Hip Hop), China (ethnic dances, fan dance, kung fu, song), India (Bollywood-style dance), Iran (folk dance), Korea (choir, fan dance, taekwondo), Japan (song), Mexico (folk dance), Middle East (Egyptian belly dance, Lebanese music), Philippines (folk dance), Polynesia (Hawaiʻian folk dance)… Russia (song, folk dance), Taiwan (puppetry), Turkey (folk dance), Vietnam (regional cultural dances). 

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