A 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.
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
Presented by Thays Deassis, Jhohann Edmonds, AnaClara Maximo, Otavio Calbeiro,
Marcella Ferreira, Alice Rosa, and Thamyres Salviano
Presented by Colby Duncan and Ehani Ayala Gonzalez
Presented by Nico Alvarez-Benincasa, Jacob Selby, and Kylie French
Presented by Maura Cleary and Madison Maynard
• Indian Culture
Presented by Jay Patel
Presented by Zoey Dauderis and Gabrielle Mathis
Presented by Kayla Chausse, Eva Schairer, Julia Trujillo, Ella McCann
Presented by Kevin Flores and Natalia Vazquez
Presented by Addison Pellegrine and Carolina Guenther
Presented by Steven Caya
Presented by Haley Bilodeau
• Puerto Rico
Presented by Elena Baker and Harmony Melendez-Torres
Presented by Yaritza Rivera
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.
Mark Your Calendars
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.This event was made possiblein partnership with our World
Language & Electives departments,
and our Multicultural Club:
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:
preparing the pan de muerto, Mexican
hot chocolate, and horchata
building the altar
providing traditional Día de Los Muertos
makeup mannequin display
student videographer filming the event
to our Visiting Artist, Dance Instructors,
and our student participants.