Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center continues its seven free community events this weekend, honoring Africa from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and the Philippines from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Bankhead Theater Plaza.
This Saturday, Cheza Nami's "A Taste of Africa" will showcase the vibrant music and movement that is central to the cultures of the African continent and diaspora with performances on the outdoor stage throughout the day. African food as well as activities will be offered including children's crafts, face painting, vendor booths and displays of art and African crafts.
Sunday's Filipino Barrio Fiesta will honor Filipino American History Month, co-presented by Livermore Fil-Am. The event will feature youth music and dance performances, artifacts and script exhibited by Bayani Art and Kristian Kabuay, as well as a historical display by the Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies, Filipino food, crafts and activities.
Diwali Festival of Lights will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 20, honoring the holiday celebrated in India and throughout Southeast Asia. The event will feature lively and colorful Bollywood and classical Indian dances, as well as a storyteller who will capture the history and meaning of the holiday. There will be a craft area for children as well as booths offering Bollywood apparel, jewelry, diya decorations, and rangoli art.
In 2020, the cultural offerings will continue, with African-American Day on Jan. 11, Lunar New Year on Jan. 25 and Hispanic Heritage Day on May 9. For more information, visit lvpac.org.