2018 HOLIDAY FOLK FAIR THEME
Celebrating the Culture of Diversity…
Holiday Folk Fair International – Celebrate the Culture of Diversity
75th Anniversary of Celebrating our Living Heritage and Diverse Cultures
Who Are You? Who Am I? And How Do We Know?
The 75th Holiday Folk Fair International’s theme is Celebrate the Culture of Diversity, honoring a community of people bound together by common ties, such as language, customs and beliefs, by what they think, how they behave, what they value, and what they pass on to the next generation. These communities provide an identity and a sense of belonging. They help us discover who we are and why. It is our culture that shapes our identity and influences our behavior. Culture is our “way of being,” a sense of belonging.
Sometimes called “heritage,” “folklore,” or “folklife,” culture is the living expression woven into everyday life, learned and passed on informally from person to person. It is alive and current even though it may have existed over long stretches of time.
We inherit this intangible cultural heritage, living expressions of culture, from our ancestors and we will pass it on to our descendants through oral history, stories and traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, and the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts. These are our collective memory banks.
Who belongs to the “Community?”
Those who share the cultural heritage are community members. Their intangible cultural heritage is kept alive and relevant by regularly practicing and sharing it among members and between generations.
Would it matter if someone swapped out your intangible cultural heritage for that of another? German for Chinese? Italian for Arab? Egyptian for Polish? Greek for Irish? Holiday Folk Fair International provides an opportunity to share our intangible culture heritage through traditions and celebrations of everyday life, such as dancing, woodcarving, gathering, fiddling, baking, storytelling, singing, quilting, cooking, boat making, paper cutting, and ornament making. What makes us who we are, defining the identity that makes us unique and different from each other, makes us feel we belong.
- recognize the abundant diversity of our cultures;
- acknowledge the validity of different cultural expressions and contributions;
- value what other cultures offer;
- respect the differences;
- encourage the contribution of diverse groups;
- empower people to strengthen their communities and those of others to achieve their maximum potential; and
- celebrate rather than just tolerate the differences in order to bring about unity through diversity.
To know and understand our own culture, we must learn to see it from the point of view of other cultures, comparing our customs and beliefs with those of other times and places. With globalization in full swing, it is becoming a matter of urgency to protect and preserve the internal diversity that each society owes to its constituent groups and subgroups. We must safeguard the living memory of irreplaceable customs, practices, and know-how, those links of people, places, and events that are essential to the perception of who we are. Without them, we lose our sense of continuity as individuals or as communities.
Throughout its history, our nation has opened its doors and welcomed individuals from all parts of the world. Wisconsin has attracted people from many areas of the world. Each of us has roots in the traditions, languages, and lifestyles of at least one cultural group. Our rich multicultural heritage is reflected in the lives of our people and our communities in their diverse traditions and customs, including music, food, clothing, values, architecture, literature, arts, and games. In our global neighborhood, multiculturalism is a part of our past, present, and future.
Celebrating the Culture of Diversity, the living expressions woven into everyday life, learned and passed on informally from person to person. It must be alive and current to be folklife, even though it may have existed over long periods of time.
This intangible cultural heritage refers to traditions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants. Those oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, and the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.
The Holiday Folk Fair International is a festival that allows cultures from around the world to showcase their traditions and heritage. As we foster an environment of learning and understanding, of respect and tolerance, visitors will begin to find within themselves the necessary qualities for shaping their lives and that of their community, as well as of our state and nation.
The Holiday Folk Fair International continues to be a community of communities. For 75 years, it has been a keeper of our rich and diverse living heritage, safeguarding the past, honoring the present, embracing the future.
This year Holiday Folk Fair will celebrate the traditions of diversity by featuring Foods of Celebration.
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