Danbury’s World Heritage Cultural Center Brings Together Groups That Represent the World, Saturday, June 20th, on CityCenter Danbury Green.
Report by Paula Antolini
April 7, 2015 10:52AM EDT
In 1971, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (in Perfect Harmony)” was recorded on a hillside in Italy. “Most of the baby bloomers know this song, I think,” writes a present day blogger. In 1985, every superstar in music joined together in voice to support USA for Africa; the result the iconic, “We Are the World.” Such gatherings happen little these days, even in Danbury, one of the most mixed bag towns in the country.
The World Heritage Cultural Center, now housed in the old Empress Theater auditorium at 155 Main Street, is changing this on Saturday, June 20th with a World of Colors concert on CityCenter Danbury Green. The 10 year old organization, which has produced similar concerts nationwide, has chosen Danbury as its new home because of the city’s diversity. Hosted by Kelly Wright of Fox TV and radio personality Cindy Vero, World of Colors promises a well rounded array of world entertainment and tasty food vendors beginning at 10:00am and continuing through early evening.
The World Heritage Cultural Center has already booked representative troupes of the cultures of Puerto Rico, Ecuador, the Philippines, Russia, and the Ukraine; Gypsy, Cossack, and Jewish traditions; and the continents of Asia and South America. During the event, World of Colors Global Appreciation Awards will be given to honor and appreciate those individuals, partnerships, or organizations that go the extra mile in doing good, not only in the U.S. but throughout the World. In the past, recipients have included:
–Zolaykha Sherzad (Kabul, Afghanistan), fashion designer, community ambassador, Karif’s Design Studio
–Meera Teresa Gandhi (Hong Kong, London, Mumbai), founder & CEO of The Giving Back Foundation
–Nnimmo Bassey (Nigeria), architect, environmentalist, author, co-founder of Environmental Rights Action (Friends of the Earth Nigeria)
–Olivia Bouler (New York), 15-year-old aspiring ornithologist, author & illustrator, “Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf,” benefiting the Audubon Society
–Randy & Charles Fisher (New York), publishers of Hip-Hop Books to promote Literacy and Gun & Gang Violence Prevention, creators of the Hip-Hop 4 Peace Program.
Sattie Persaud, founder and executive director of World Heritage Cultural Center, notes, “It is not uncommon for those who are born out of their native land to feel lost in a sea of different cultures and backgrounds. A cultural identity is important. Arts integration is a powerful force that allows people to develop a strong self identity and connect them to their cultural roots. To understand where you come from and where others come from fosters a greater understanding and respect for different cultural values and customs. Nothing can capture the imagination more than telling great stories through the Arts.”
World of Colors is free to the public, and everyone is encouraged to come dressed in their native costume and revel in the fact that “We Are the World.” For more information, visit http://www.mywhcc.com