The Spanish Community of Wallingford hosts International Festival for first time

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

The annual International Celebration, featuring live music, food and cultural displays, 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.  About 20 countries are expected to be represented, each with its own booth with related displays.

For the first time this year, families were asked to decorate the trunk of their vehicles with displays related to a specific country.

Community organizations, like Wallingford Adult Education and the police and fire departments, 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 about their backgrounds and help the community become more aware of different cultures,” said Sara Fallahi, event organizer and bilingual teacher at E.C. Stevens School.

Members of SCOW’s Adelante program organize displays and activities for the event and volunteer time to set-up and break down the event.   

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

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

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

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

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