• Globe Flags 2A Festival Where All are Welcome
    In a world where sharing who we are and where we all come from is becoming the cornerstone to truly understanding our perspectives and paths in life, there is no better time to celebrate cultures and traditions. Through music, live performances, and interactive demonstrations, our students and staff contribute to an authentic cultural celebration and learning experiences at our second annual Multicultural Festival on Friday, October 28th.

    The interdisciplinary event goes beyond the traditional Day of the Dead (Día De Los Muertos) activities, expanding the celebration to include many cultures and, in the process, a more diverse experience of customs that make each of us unique. It is an ideal opportunity for our diverse community of students to share traditions of their culture or ethnicity with their peers and other school community members through storytelling, food, dance, arts, and customs that contribute to a genuinely distinctive experience. The festivities offer many cultural components through a combination of interactive student-run booths and cultural performers.

    We invite you to learn more about our multicultural celebration.




  • Share in the Experience
    Join in the celebration and explore the various cultural offerings by viewing a video produced by our student videographer Jenna Dolber.
  • The Festivities Await...
    We welcome students and staff to take part in the Multicultural Festival to explore a variety of cultural offerings. 


    Multicultural Center
    7:55 – 12:45 p.m. in the Old Gym  

    Our Multicultural Center will feature students in our Multicultural Club who will present thoughtfully prepared poster presentations on various countries and cultural themes. Many of our student presenters are native to the countries they will discuss. You'll learn about different cultures worldwide through traditions, art, beauty, food, and more. So be sure to stop by our student booths, observe, listen, and interact with our student presenters. Ask them thoughtful and engaging questions about their presentations.

    • African American Culture 
       Presented by Keyara Jones

    • Brazil 
       Presented by Thays Deassis, Jhohann Edmonds, AnaClara Maximo, Otavio Calbeiro,
       Marcella Ferreira, Alice Rosa, and Thamyres Salviano

    • Colombia 
       Presented by Colby Duncan and Ehani Ayala Gonzalez

     Ecuador 
       Presented by Nico Alvarez-Benincasa, Jacob Selby, and Kylie French

    • France
       Presented by Maura Cleary and Madison Maynard   

    • Indian Culture 
       Presented by Jay Patel 

     Ireland
       Presented by Zoey Dauderis and Gabrielle Mathis

    • Italy  
       Presented by Kayla Chausse, Eva Schairer, Julia Trujillo, Ella McCann

    • Mexico
       Presented by Kevin Flores and Natalia Vazquez

    • Norway
       Presented by Addison Pellegrine and Carolina Guenther

    • Poland
       Presented by Steven Caya
       Presented by Haley Bilodeau   

    • Puerto Rico
       Presented by Elena Baker and Harmony Melendez-Torres
       Presented by Yaritza Rivera  

    • Vietnam
       Presented by Jackson Doan 


    Traditional “Día de Los Muertos” Activities
    7:55 – 12:45 p.m. in the Old Gym

    Our traditional “Día de Los Muertos” activities include making authentic holiday crafts, sampling traditional foods, and making an offering at our homemade altar. The Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico and worldwide on November 1st and 2nd. The annual holiday is a joyful celebration where family and friends gather to remember and pay their respects to those who have died. Some of the holiday traditions include constructing altars called ofrendas, where favorite foods and drinks of the dead are arranged as offerings. Other holiday items include sugar skulls (alfeñiques), marigolds (cempazúchitl), and bread of the dead (pan de Muerto).


    Dance the Salsa with J&L Dance Studio
    8:00 – 9:20 a.m. in the Cafe Annex 

    Take a dance lesson with an instructor from J&L Dance Studio and learn to dance the Salsa. First, learn a bit about the history of the dance and the basic steps involved, and then get ready to practice with a partner. Wear sensible dancing shoes and be ready to practice those authentic dance moves from another culture.


    Armenian Art & Culture with GP Vahan
    8:00 – 12:00 p.m. in the Spanish Rooms 

    Artists often tell the stories of their culture through their artwork. Share your culture and become a creative storyteller as you design a pomegranate mosaic or a wheel of eternity with our visiting artist, GP Vahan, from the Armenian Museum of America. He will discuss how he incorporates Armenian mythology, symbols, spirituality, and languages into his art and will assist our art students interested in creating a personalized mosaic or a wheel of eternity that embodies their cultural traditions. 


    Dance the Merengue with J&L Dance Studio 
    9:30 – 11:00 a.m. in the Cafe Annex   

    If you like dancing the Salsa, take another dance lesson with J&L Dance Studio and learn to dance the Merengue. First, learn a bit about the style of Dominican music, the history of the dance, and the marching rhythm steps involved, and then get ready to practice this slower-paced dance with your partner. Wear sensible dancing shoes and be ready to practice those authentic dance moves from another culture.  
      

    A Cultural Performance by Crocodile River Music
    12:45 – 1:55 p.m. in the Competition Center 

    Sharing the universal influence of African rhythms and melodies, Crocodile River Music will bring African music, art, and dance to BVT in this school-wide performance, sharing dance, rhythms, and traditional outfits from Africa. You don't want to miss this cultural performance. Plan to enjoy the sights, sounds, and rhythm of African-American music. Don't be surprised if your feet begin to tap to the beat! 



  • This program is possible thanks to grants from the Douglas, Hopedale, Millbury, Sutton, Upton, and Uxbridge Cultural Councils.

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    Kylie French Ecuador

    BVT in the News
    : Kylie French, a sophomore in Painting and Design Technology, enjoyed speaking with students and staff about Ecuador during our Multicultural Festival.
     


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    This event was made possible
    in partnership with our World
    Language & Electives departments,
    and our Multicultural Club:

    Kerry Baldwin
    Yakaira Bell  
    Colton Cox
    Kelly Garabadian
    Gerald Knall
    Rosario O'Neil
    Luanne Pehl     
    Chris Toulouse

    and supported in part
    by grants from:
    Douglas Cultural Council,
    Hopedale Cultural Council,
    Millbury Cultural Council,
    Sutton Cultural Council,
    Upton Cultural Council,  
    Uxbridge Cultural Council,  
    and Mass Cultural Council's
    Local Cultural Councils LCC Program

     

    with contributions from
    our Vocational programs:

    Culinary Arts
     preparing the pan de muerto, Mexican
    hot chocolate, and horchata

    Construction Technology
    building the altar

    Cosmetology
    providing traditional Día de Los Muertos
    makeup mannequin display

    Multimedia Communications
    Jenna Dolber
    student videographer filming the event



    Many Thanks
    to our Visiting Artist, Dance Instructors,
    Cultural Performer, 
    and our student participants.