East County News Service
October 13, 2023 (El Cajon) -- Welcome Newcomer Network will host its 6TH Multicultural Festival on November 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at EJE Academies, 851 S Johnson Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020. The event will include multicultural food, cultural dance, a show of traditional costumes, storytelling, games and raffle drawings. For this year, we anticipate over 1,000 attendees.
The Welcome Newcomer Network (WNN) is a working group which consists of over 40 agencies, school districts, social service organization, health facilities, and the County of San Diego. The WNN was formed to aid agencies in reaching out to our new families as they adapt to life in East County. The mission of the WNN is to encourage respect and understanding of diverse cultures through community education and new comer support coordination.
This festival was inaugurated in 2017 to salute and activate our newcomers to contribute to the community as fully empowered and engaged citizens.
“Our 2017, 2018, 2019 festivals were both joyous and uplifting events connecting people from so many different countries, cultures and languages, and in 2021 and 2022 we held a drive-thru event!” a press release for the event states.
The entertainment is provided by local musicians, school bands, dancers and poets. Our festival is a truly exhilarating display of the harmonious possibilities for San Diego’s fast-growing hub for our refugee and immigrant populations.
“It is critical that we spread some good feeling in today’s divisive climate. Help us spread the word and join us in celebrating and empowering our newcomer voices to participate fully in weaving the fabric of this amazing diverse community,” the release concludes.