Celebrating Culture in Community: Olalla Cultural Fest 2022
Crowds of people congregated at the Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Saturday, September 24th from 4 PM to 8 PM for a upbeat, multicultural festival hosted by the Olalla Center.
The event was free to attend and featured food, resources and entertainment for the whole family. Local artists that performed were bluegrass americana band Lucky Gap, didgeridoo artist Tyler Spencer and the Herencia Mexicana dance troupe. In addition to these local acts, Irish music and dance was provided by Ceili of the Valley of Salem and Latitudes Ensemble presented a variety of upbeat music from various Latin American countries with authentic musical instruments. The textiles of local artist and weaver Abelina Pablo were also featured in the lobby of the PAC.
In the black box of the PAC, there was a community partner and multilingual resource fair with flyers for all as well as a COVID-19 vaccination and booster clinic hosted by Lincoln County Public Health.
Parked outside was the Oregon Coast Art Bus with arts and crafts alongside Lino's Food Truck which provided festival attendees with free food and beverages.
The event continued on into the evening and by the end, more than 300 people had attended the event and more than 90 of those people received their COVID-19 booster shots!
We'd like to thank Arcoíris Cultural, an Olalla program, as it was instrumental in making this event happen and we are grateful for Alex Llumiquinga, the Arcoíris program manager, who worked tirelessly to coordinate the event.