Latin American and Caribbean UniDiversity Festival Sept. 12

Miami University celebrates the 12th annual Latin American and Caribbean UniDiversity Festival Friday, Sept. 12, at the Uptown Parks in Oxford. The festival runs 5:30-9 p.m. and is free and open to all.

Food, music, dancing, traditional arts and crafts, children's activities, information booths and prizes are part of the festival that celebrates the peoples and cultures that are quickly emerging as the largest ethnic group in the United States. 

festival-imageThe festival program includes:

• 5:30 p.m., Welcome

• 5:45 p.m., Amazon John and the "Silly Safari" Live Animal Show

• 6:15 p.m., Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band, directed by Hugh Bordé

• 7 p.m., Festival Address by Kelly Spivey, superintendent, Talawanda School District

• 7:10 p.m., Oxford Choro Ensemble, Brazilian music, directed by Thomas Garcia, associate professor of music

• 8 p.m., Stacie Sandoval and Grupo Tumbao, Salsa band

A dancing workshop will be led by members of the Association of Latin and American Students and Cincinnati Cuban Salsa.

The festival - a collaborative effort to promote diversity and inclusion in the Miami and Oxford communities - is co-sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures and the office of diversity affairs with support from many campus and Oxford community organizations.

It is part of UniDiversity, a series of events planned at Miami to highlight National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15.