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Festival de Enriquecimiento Étnico une a Kansas City




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Este pasado fin de semana (19 al 21 de agosto) miles de visitantes al parque Swope de Kansas City, Missouri, disfrutaron los sabores de más de 60 culturas, ya que diferentes organizaciones étnicas compartieron su comida, artesanías y artes teatrales con la comunidad durante el 37º Festival de Enriquecimiento Étnico anual.
Las culturas representadas incluyeron las de numerosos países latinoamericanos tales como Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Perú y Brasil. Las festividades del domingo 21 de agosto, por ejemplo, tuvieron presentaciones de un grupo de danza nicaragüense, un grupo folclórico panameño y una presentación colaborativa por un grupo de baile brasileño y un grupo de artes marciales también estilo brasileño. Colombia estuvo representado por un puesto de comidas y un mini puesto que vendió flautas colombianas hechas a mano y ejecutadas por el propietario del puesto.
Al mantenerse con los esfuerzos de los planificadores del festival para hacer familiar el evento, la sección de “Mundo de Niños” incluyó múltiples estaciones de arte y artesanías, y un juego de bloques que los niños pudieron utilizar para formar estructuras. Los niños también estuvieron invitados al escenario del festival para demostrar sombreros, joyería y maquillaje durante el show de modas del evento.
En otras noticias enfocadas en la familia, en la entrada se entregaron libretas que permitían que los asistentes obtuvieran sellos de los vendedores participantes. Swope Health Services proveerá “un regalo” a los niños que lleven una libreta completada del festival a su clínica pediátrica.
Con la ayuda de múltiples patrocinadores y voluntarios, la Comisión de Enriquecimiento Étnico de Kansas City  puso en escena el festival anual. El próximo elemento importante de la Comisión es el Diplomatic Ball (Baile Diplomático), programado para el 8 de abril del 2017 en el hotel Kansas City Marriot Downtown.


Ethnic Enrichment Festival brings KC area together

Story by Nick Moreno and photos by Nick Moreno and Michael Alvarado

This past weekend (Aug. 19-21), thousands of visitors to Kansas City, Mo.’s Swope Park got a taste of more than 60 cultures, as various ethnic organizations shared their food, crafts and performing arts with the community during the 37th annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival.
The cultures represented included those of many Latin American countries, such as Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Brazil. Sunday’s (Aug. 21’s) festivities, for example, included performances by a Nicaraguan dance group, a Panamanian folk group, and a collaborative performance by a local Brazilian dance group and a Brazilian-style martial arts group. Colombia was represented by both a food booth and a mini-booth that sold homemade Columbian pan flutes that had been crafted and played by the booth’s owner.
In keeping with the festival planners’ efforts to make the event family friendly, the “Kid’s World” section included multiple arts and crafts stations, and a set of blocks children could use to build structures. Children also were invited to the festival stage to showcase hats, jewelry and makeup during the event’s fashion show.  
In other family-oriented news, passbooks were handed out at the door that allowed guests to obtain stamps from participating vendors. Swope Health Services will provide “a free gift” to children who bring a completed festival passbook to its pediatric clinic.
With the help of multiple sponsors and volunteers, Kansas City’s Ethnic Enrichment Commission staged the annual festival. The commission’s next major event is the Diplomatic Ball, scheduled for April 8, 2017, at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

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