Sat., Oct. 21, All-Day Multicultural Festival, FREE

Tamejavi Festival “We Are Rising: Unite – Resist – Endure” 

Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 AM – 7 PM Radio Park, 2233 N. First St., Fresno

The Tamejavi Festival features a multicultural market place, music, exhibits, demonstrations and sale of ethnic arts and crafts, poetry, traditional food, story-telling, installations, children’s art activities, and an interactive mural which invites participation by attendees. Admission is FREE. This year’s festival intends to address the anti-immigrant and anti-refugee sentiment permeating the public opinion by giving Central Valley residents the opportunity to come together and interact with others from the many cultures that call this region home. Hosted by Pan-Valley Institute, the Tamejavi Festival, offers immigrants a space to creatively share their histories and struggles and to grasp this unique opportunity to respond to the current political climate. PROGRAM 10 – 11 a.m. BLESSING CEREMONY by Central Valley Native Americans. This ceremony honors the first people to inhabit these lands, and will mark the official beginning of the festival. This is a sacred ceremony – not a performance – and we ask that you kindly refrain from taking photographs during this event. All are welcome. 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. FESTIVAL OPENING – A presentation in the CULTURAL KITCHEN 11 a.m.  – 7 p.m. CULTURAL KITCHEN featuring vendors serving food from Southeast Asia, Syria and Mexico – including traditional food from the Mixteca and Zapotec regions. 12:30 – 7 p.m. MAIN STAGE Journey through dynamic multi-cultural performances – traditional Mexican Banda de Viento, hip-hop and African drums, along with the art of storytelling through Latinx theatre, Iranian song and Japanese percussion. See information about the performers and participants at 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. LIVING HISTORY TIME TUNNEL Through story-telling, photos and other illustrations, the Time Tunnel examines policies of exclusion in the United States and how they have impacted people of the Central Valley. Different polices at different times were devastating to Native Americans, African Americans, Punjabi, Chinese, Japanese, Mexicans and Muslims. 1 – 4 p.m. STORY TELLING at the LIVING HISTORY TIME TUNNEL 1:05 – 1:35 p.m. African American, 1:40 – 2:10 p.m. Chinese, 2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Japanese, 2:50 – 3:20 p.m. Mexican, 3:25 – 3:55 p.m. Muslim. Following each presentation, all are invited to a 30-minute dialogue at the Platicas Tent adjacent to the Time Tunnel. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. PEOPLE BEHIND THE WALL Multimedia installation featuring memories and first-hand experiences of immigrants and refugees as they departed their homelands. Festival attendees can write the names of people they know that perished while crossing borders or as a result of their migration journey. 12:30 – 5 p.m. CHILDREN’S CORNER Art activities – DIY “Migration is Beautiful” Coloring Book, Painted Butterflies (Color Mixing Theory), Origami Butterflies 11:00 – 7 p.m. LIVING CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS MARKET PLACE Local artisan women demonstrating their craft while exhibiting and selling their pieces. 3:00 –4:30 p.m. POETRY CORNER Hosted by Fresno Poet Laureate Bryan Medina. Local poets perform a mix of formal poetry aesthetics with rap flair and vitality – taking the spoken word away from the powers that be and moving it to a place where everyone can relate to becoming a catalyst for change. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. TAMEJAVI PHOTO EXHIBIT This photo exhibit showcases the faces of the Central Valley’s ethnic diversity. 12:30 – 6:30 LIVE VISUAL ARTS AREA Live Painting/Community Mural/Printmaking. Visitors create social justice-themed block prints and participate in a community interactive mural.   By presenting the 2017 Tamejavi Festival, Pan Valley Institute is honoring its parent organization the Nobel Prize-winning American Friends Service Committee for celebrating its 100-year commitment to social justice, peace and humanitarian service.

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