The international Festival sponsored by International House, Davis, with the help of The Culture Co-op, community volunteers and incredible interns from UC Davis, took place Oct. 12 and something amazing happened.
Several thousand people — including UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, Mayor Joe Krovoza, Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor and City Council member Lucas Frerichs — turned out to celebrate the fact that we are all a part of an incredible diversity that can come together and celebrate our beautiful differences while reaffirming our phenomenal similarities.
It was an extraordinary day filled with the opportunity to get to know your neighbor and learn about different cultures in a way that celebrated our wonderful humanity. It was a day filled with splendor and love and appreciation for Davis and our world.
As a key coordinator of the event for the past three years, along with I-House, I have marveled at how beautiful the people who live in the city of Davis and Yolo County are when we operate in the spirit of cooperation. Visitors came from all over Northern California, but there was something present distinct to Yolo County at the festival.
We are a county that loves to affirm our strengths and reach out to others who may be different from us when a safe sense of community is created, as was the case with the festival. People loved the entertainment, food, country tables, arts and crafts, youth corner, business tables, nonprofits and the educational sessions that were central to the day, but mostly they loved being in the company of each other.
It was truly a world-class experience, and as I end my tenure as event coordinator I have no doubts that it will continue to be a signature event and experience in Davis.
Thanks to International House, Davis, the city of Davis, UC Davis, and the countless volunteers from campus and the community for making the festival an incredible day!
director, The Culture Co-op, Davis