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    "The Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival"

    "The Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival"

    Presented by Brickman Marketing

    May 2-May 3, 2015

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    Held in the heart of Old Monterey, this inaugural “Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival” will highlight Monterey's rich language, culture, and international affairs capabilities, as well as its Sister City relationships. The Festival will feature cultural dancing and singing, ethnic foods and crafts, Sister City exhibits, and exhibits from the flagship foreign language and culture institutions of higher learning, including Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Defense Language Institute, Naval Postgraduate School, and others.

    This free family-fun event will celebrate Monterey’s four Sister Cities that include Kusadasi, Turkey; Nanao, Japan; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Lankaran, Azerbaijan, with attendees from these countries. The Cultural Festival will offer an array of activities highlighting international cultures with a procession down Alvarado Street in Monterey and many activities at the Custom House Plaza and on Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf.

    The festival is being coordinated by the City of Monterey, Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf Association, Old Monterey Business Association, Old Monterey Foundation, Monterey County Business Council, Naval Postgraduate School, Defense Language Institute, DLI Foundation, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Monterey Peninsula College (MPC), California State University of Monterey Bay (CSUMB), Japanese American Citizens League, Hellenic Cultural Institute, International Language & Culture Foundation, Inc., Alliance Francais, Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA), local Sister Cities representatives and more.

    The trademarked slogan of “Language Capital of the World®” for Monterey County was recently approved by the Library of Congress. The slogan has been used for many years to reflect the many institutions involved with international studies and language instruction in Monterey County.

    Monterey County organizations also play an important role in providing translation (written word) and interpretation (spoken) services around the globe such as Language Line Services and MediaLocate USA, among others. Organizations such as the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of Monterey, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, MPC, CSUMB and other local entities provide instruction in many languages. The Naval Postgraduate School has hosted students from more than 100 nations and provides professional, service-oriented educational programs for the U.S. armed forces and international militaries. Monterey County is also a very popular destination from visitors throughout the world, and Monterey's languages and cultural diversity is reflected in its Native American, Chinese, Filipino, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Portuguese, Spanish and Vietnamese roots.

    According to Dino Pick, Deputy City Manager, City of Monterey, “We are thrilled to highlight our institutions of higher learning, military installations and businesses such as MIIS, DLI, and Language Line Solutions. These organizations and their world-class faculty, staff and students help make Monterey the “Language Capital of the World."

    For more information, to volunteer or to become a sponsor, call Bob Massaro at (831) 649-6544 or email Bob at To arrange any interviews, please contact Wendy Brickman at (831) 633-4444 or email

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        Custom House Plaza

        2 Custom House Plaza
        Monterey, CA 93940

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        May 2-May 3, 2015


        10:00am - 5:00pm

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