Milpitas is crackling with diversity.
Various cultures and languages fill every block, every crevice, of the City, finding expression in a myriad of ways, encompassing food, music, communication, attitude…
In reflection of our diverse environment, the Cultural Fusion Festival will make its debut in Milpitas on Saturday, October 27, featuring a vibrant blend of Silicon Valley cultures. The festival will spark awareness and celebration of our community’s unique, rich, multicultural landscape.
“The spirit of this festival is about connecting people,” said Adam Mendoza, VP of Marketing at Silicon Valley Latino (SVL). “We won’t see a return in investment today. It might be 5 years, or 10 years. It might not happen in that moment, but the ramifications of it are a forward-moving thing. This is the start. Just to have that consciousness that your neighbor’s a wonderful person like you and is capable of great things.”
SVL, which is hosting the festival in partnership with the San Jose City College (SJCC) Milpitas Extension, is a social venture that began as a web-based networking group, sharing positive content throughout the Latino community.
“We produce a lot of content that makes the invisible visible,” said Mendoza. “A lot of exposure Latinos get can often be negative in traditional media. So we started out as a media organization that would go against that narrative and change that narrative one story at a time.”
For the past year, SVL has been hosting various events and panels at the SJCC Milpitas Extension location, like Fireside Chats, where they aim to provoke thought, conversation, and community connection.
This upcoming Cultural Fusion Festival will pick up where those earlier events left off. Mendoza hopes that it will become an annual or even bi-annual affair, deepening the bonds between neighbors while fostering a sense of overriding unity.
He spoke also of looking forward; of witnessing, now, the old ways dying, so that something new can come into fruition:
“This is a way of gracefully embracing this global climate that we share. If you look at some of the countries around the world that are embracing that, they’re progressing at a much faster rate. And we’re going to get left behind here,” said Mendoza. “We can close our borders all we want. There will probably be other places we’re free to roam, participate, and enjoy. In the United States, that melting pot is turned on its side. If you think about it, the whole world can be the melting pot. Let’s embrace that. Because if we want global democracy, our sharing, our empowerment, to be a global thing, we can’t just say it’s for us. It’s for everyone.”
The Cultural Fusion Festival will feature food trucks, panel discussions, yoga, singing bowls, Aztec dancers, Punjabi hip-hop, and more. It goes from 11AM to 2PM on Saturday, October 27th, at the San Jose City College Milpitas Extension (1450 Escuela Parkway, Milpitas, CA).