Editorial: Welcome to a fine festivalHow do you say “welcome” 39 times? Here’s an answer: Say it in 39 different languages — something that apparently can be done in Worthington.
By: Daily Globe, Worthington Daily Globe
How do you say “welcome” 39 times?
Here’s an answer: Say it in 39 different languages — something that apparently can be done in Worthington.
A quilt to be raffled off during Worthington’s annual International Festival celebration this weekend features the word “welcome” in that many different languages, all of which can be heard in this community. The quilt is a clever, creative way of reflecting Worthington’s remarkable diversity, and it couldn’t be showcased at a better time.
The 18th annual International Festival has become an anticipated event each year due, in large part, to its variety of entertainment and food offerings. This year’s festival itinerary includes two Friday evening performances by Cyril Paul, a native of Trinidad who has lived in Minnesota for more than 50 years and plays music from his native land. Saturday also features a variety of entertainment, including:
l The Concord Singers, billed at http://www.worthingtoninternationalfestival.org as “America’s foremost German-language male chorus and performers of festive German music;
l Voices of Sepharad, which “celebrates” the rich multicultural world of Sephardic music, dance and storytelling.”
l Hayor Bibimma Dance Company, a Twin Cities-based West African dance group.
l Nicolas Carter and Son del Sur, featuring a “blending of exuberant Latin American and world rhythms.”
We extend a warm “welcome” to all who come downtown this weekend for this fine festival.