The Spanish community of Wallingford hosts an international festival for the first time

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WALLINGFORD — A celebration of diversity will take place at the Spanish Community of Wallingford on Wednesday.

The annual International Celebration, featuring live music, food and cultural exhibits, will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Proud of My Heritage.

The event is a collaboration between Wallingford Public Schools and SCOW. Around 20 countries are expected to be represented, each with its own booth with related displays.

For the first time this year, families were invited to decorate the trunk of their vehicle with posters related to a specific country.

Community organisations, such as Wallingford Adult Education and the police and fire services, will also have a booth at the event.

“Our main goal is first and foremost to give our families, coming from different cultures and countries, a platform to share their backgrounds and help the community become more aware of different cultures,” said Sara Fallahi, organizer of events and bilingual teacher at EC. Stevens School.

Members of SCOW’s Adelante program organize exhibits and activities for the event and provide time to set up and tear down the event.

Past themes include “Inventions Around the World” and “Myths and Legends”. The 2020 celebration has been canceled due to the pandemic. Last year’s event was held online, with live cooking presentations and musical performances as well as pre-recorded videos about cultures around the world.

In previous years, the event was held at Lyman Hall High School. This year is the first time SCOW has hosted the event.

Dayana Lopez, who dances with Mexican folk dance group SCOW, has performed at two previous events. She described the International Celebration as a blending and sharing of different cultures.

SCOW is located at 284 Washington St. For more information, call 203-265-5866.

[email protected]: @KarlaSantosNews

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