Celebrate Winchester’s cultural diversity!
Winchester’s second annual International Day at the Farmers Market will take place on Saturday, September 17 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Winchester Town Common. Sponsored by the Network, International Day celebrates our diverse community and the richness of our differences, perspectives, experiences, and talents. This year’s event expands on the program offered last year with more international cultural activities and performances throughout the day. The Network also invites all who come to participate in the celebration by wearing clothing from their home country or ethnic heritage.
INTERNATIONAL DAY ACTIVITIES
Chinese Calligraphy Painting by Jack Wang
Painting calligraphy is a unique and ancient calligraphy, also called bird-flower-calligraphy. Up close you’ll see colorful figures but stand back and you see letters of the alphabet. Watch as the artist rapidly draws your name with these figures.
Demonstration of the Erhu, an ancient Chinese musical instrument, also called the two-string Chinese violin. It has a four thousand year history. The piece that will be played by Gao Yu and is called “Horse Race” in which the erhu will mimic the sound of a horse.
Tibetan Henna Tattoo Painting by Sonam Tenzin
Marvel at her intricate, beautifully drawn tattoos. Like to have your hand painted?
Japanese Woodcut Prints by Sachiko Furui
Japanese Pottery by Hilomi Sato
Colorful Paper Folding
Quickly learn to fold traditional Chinese objects.
Photographs by Caroline Krantz (Afghanistan, Jerusalem, Sri Lanka, India, Russia) and Martha Ruth Blass Huerta (Mexico)
Tibetan Crafts on display and for sale
Korean Crafts demonstration
Pin the Map of the World
Where do you come from? / What is your heritage?
INTERNATIONAL DAY PERFORMANCES
(9:45 am): Songs by Sara Epstein: French, Jewish Folk and her original song composed for her transgender friend.
Sara has always loved to sing. She grew up with a father who was always singing, whistling and humming. She decided to join in so she could share the limelight. Sara now sings with Voices Rising, a Boston-based women’s chorus.
(10:00 am): Poetry readings by public school international students
(10:30 am): Children in Their National Dress Parade
(11:00 am): Korean Instrumental Music
Hear the melodic sounds of the haegeum, a traditional Korean string instrument, popularly known as the kkangkkangi. With its rodlike neck, hollow wooden soundbox and two silk strings, it is the Korean version of the erhu.
(12:30 pm): Chinese Folk Music by students of the Winchester School of Chinese Culture
The Winchester Multicultural Network will have a booth at the Farmers Market with information on its programs and initiatives. Drop by and say “Hello” . . . in any language!