Honoring traditions

Annie Lee, Viewpoint Editor

Featuring top notch live performances and entertainment, the Irvine Global Village Festival will premiere on Oct. 9 in celebration of its 20th year of the multicultural festival event.
Although the 2020 Irvine Global Village Festival was hosted online, the festival this year will be back to an in-person experience at the Great Park. Admission this year is free because it is also the City’s 50th anniversary.
Attendees will have a chance to explore and learn about the wide variety of cultures from around the world showcased during the live event through interactive booths, art exhibits, food trucks and more. There will also be a special Kids Village section with activities such as hands-on crafts, STEAM projects and bubble zones. Performances this year range from Scottish bagpipes band Nicholson Pipes and Drums to a Goju Ryu karate demonstration from the OC Irvine Goshin-Kai.
“I went to the Irvine Global Village Festival two years ago when it was still in person, which was really fun,” junior Jade Niu said. “I remember trying out new foods and sometimes seeing people I know performing on stage. I’m excited to go this year!”
Those who can’t attend in person can still participate in the online Art @ Home projects. These activities range from a Irvine Global Village Festival-themed coloring sheet to creating your own menu with foods from across the globe.
“Art @ Home was a component of the 2020 modified COVID-limited programming, which encouraged families to create art projects at home and share their creations through social media,” Perriogue said. “There are new art projects as a component of this year’s Global Village Festival, such as the Shoebox Parade family craft activity.”
Besides the Irvine Global Village Festival, the City of Irvine has also prepared other exciting upcoming events, like the Trick-Or-Treat event to be held at Lakeview Senior Center on Oct. 29. For the most updated information on future schedules and events, check out irvinefestival.org.