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Danbury Celebrates Diversity With World Of Colors Concert

The World of Colors concert will launch Diversity Week in Danbury on June 20. Photo Credit: Barynya
The World of Colors concert will launch Diversity Week in Danbury on June 20. Photo Credit: Gilleoghan Irish Dance School
The World of Colors concert will launch Diversity Week in Danbury on June 20. Photo Credit: Asian Performing Arts

DANBURY, Conn. -- Mayor Mark Boughton will declare "Diversity Week" in the city of Danbury at a World of Colors concert on Saturday, June 20.

"Having so many vibrant and diverse cultures in the City of Danbury is a source of great pride for our community," said Boughton. "By sharing our language, food, faith and arts, we are providing others with a sense of who we are. By declaring ‘Diversity Week’ in the City of Danbury on June 20th, at the World of Colors Concert, we hope to bring further awareness to cultural diversity, and that members of every cultural group will learn from this celebration."

The World of Colors concert is the largest gathering of diverse performers of music and dance to be presented on the CityCenter Danbury Green on Ives Street. Over 20 countries will be represented onstage.

The free multi-ethnic, multi-arts concert is hosted by Main Street's new World Heritage Cultural Center and runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to the performances, the event will feature ethnic arts and crafts and food from Kas's Bar & Restaurant, Meat the Press, Lemon Grass Restaurant and more.

Fox TV reporter and anchor Kelly Wright, radio personality Cindy Vero and actor/filmmakers Shetal Shah and Victor Cruz will emcee the event.

Four leaders will be awarded World of Colors Global Appreciation Awards during the event:

  • Alex Gonzalez-Davidson, a Spanish environmental activist currently overseeing the work of the Mother Nature organization in Cambodia;
  • Jim Luce, founder and president of the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation;
  • Delilah, the most-listened-to-woman on radio in North America and founder of Point Hope, a voice for forgotten children in West African villages and in foster care in the U.S.; and
  • Jim Ziolkowski, founder, president and CEO of buildOn and best-selling author of "Walk in Their Shoes."

The World of Colors entertainment lineup includes:

  • 3 Times A Slave
  • Aliana Dancing Dolls,
  • Emily Angell
  • Asian Performing Arts
  • Barynya
  • The Bollywood Factory
  • Laurentina Bova and Paolo Pasta Lanna
  • Cambodian Cultural Dance
  • Eve
  • Gilleoghan Irish Dance School
  • Elizabeth Hanney and Mike Goldberg
  • Jasmine Performing Arts
  • Suresh Ketwaroe
  • The Lao Association of CT
  • Major Daps
  • MetaMovements
  • Anindita Nanda
  • Naturally Recklez
  • The Philippine-American Association of Connecticut
  • Rasa Vitalia
  • Sankofa Kuumba
  • Villa Palagonia

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