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The 8th Aurora Global Fest Came Back, Gathering the Community Together

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Last Saturday on August 20th, the city of Aurora’s 8th Global Fest came back at the Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn. This unique multicultural event, presented by the city of Aurora, bring together the sights, sounds and flavors of nations around the world in celebration of the diverse cultures and communities that call Aurora their home. Due to the pandemic, the festival went online for the last two years. Finally, our favorite festival of the year came back this year and gathered many people together.

This year, Global Fest offered diverse activities for all ages, including two stages of musical and dance performances, an international marketplace, art displays, creative activities for children, food vendors and so much more. Attendees could watch a globally inspired fashion show and the exciting Parade of Nations with representation from dozens of countries.

Aurora is one of the most diverse cities in the country and the most diverse in the state. Foreign-born residents make up 20 percent of the city population, with 55 percent coming from the Americas and with a quarter of immigrants and refugees coming from Asia. “We do have a really established international community, who speak their languages, who understand their cultures,” said Minsoo Song, with the city of Aurora’s office of immigrant and international affairs.

Throughout the festival, many countries presented their traditional clothes, foods, and merchandises which gathered a lot of attention. For the Korean scene, the Angry Chicken participated in the event, which quickly gained so much attention that the line to taste the Korean-style fried chicken kept the crowd curious. Unfortunately, compared to the pre-pandemic, the Angry Chicken was the only Korean food vendor that presented Korean food. Many participants were asking each other if they saw any other Korean food vendors.

However, for the fashion scene, three Korean students went up to the stage in Korean traditional attire with Priscilla Rahn, the Vice Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party as well as the first Korean American elected to the statewide executive board. Many participants admired the beauty of Korean traditional clothes as well as the elegance of the Korean traditional dance ‘Taepyeongmu,’ also presented by the Korean community.

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Rachel Y cho
Rachel Y cho
• BA Journalism&Mass Communication, Korea University • BA International Studies, Korea University • MA International Security, University of Denver

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