Multicultural Activities Weekly Highlights: August 12-18, 2018
2nd Sunday Pétanque – Alliance Française of Austin
Join Alliance Française on Sunday, August 12th, from 3:00-5:00 at the Mueller Hangar to play Pétanque, a favorite French leisure sport. Experienced players team up with novices to enjoy this exciting game. No previous experience is necessary and all equipment is provided. For more information, visit the calendar.
Chinese-Language Storytime at Old Quarry Branch Library
On Tuesday, August 14, visit Old Quarry Branch Library for Chinese-language stories, songs, and finger-plays for preschoolers, young children, and their parents. No prior experience with Chinese is necessary to participate and introduce the language to young patrons. This unique Austin Public Library program is brought to you in partnership with Chinese with Meggie: Little Tiger Chinese Immersion School. Recommended for ages 5 and under.
Réseau Jeunes Francophones meetup – Alliance Française of Austin
Réseau Jeunes Francophones meets on first & third Thursdays at the Butterfly Bar at the Vortex Repertory Theater. Réseau Jeunes Francophones invites people ages 21 to 34 with an interest in people, languages, the world, and/or French, French culture, and Francophone cultures to join us. Relax & hang out with friends at Austin’s iconic Butterlfy Bar. For more information, visit the calendar.
Ground Floor Theatre presents There and Back
On Thursday, August 16, Ground Floor Theatre will present the world premiere of There and Back, by Austin playwright Raul Garza. This new work opens up dialogue about the current immigration crisis with an eye towards the fraught history between the US Government and Mexicans seeking that “shining city upon a hill.”
“Gloria travels from her native Mexico to join her husband, Victor, on a migrant farmworkers’ camp. Her arrival on the day of President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration reveals stark contrasts between the American dream and her reality. A series of visits by a liberated, contemporary Virgen de Guadalupe offers Gloria a glimpse of her life and legacy in the context of other presidential eras – Reagan and Trump – and presents a life-altering choice: stay in the United States, and accept her status as a member of the underclass, or abandon the agreed-upon plan and her future family to claim dignity and fulfillment.”
For tickets, dates, and showtimes, visit the calendar.
“Orígenes” Diana Naranjo & Los Bohemios Perdidos
Visit the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center on Friday, August 17, for this special presentation. “Orígenes” takes the audience through different musical genres and paths traveled by singer-songwriter Diana Naranjo that have influenced the creation of her songs. In each song, accompanied by Los Bohemios Perdidos who have invited the singer to share the stage with them under the Latino Art Residency Program, you will have the opportunity to tell us how your Latin American roots have been able to prevail in your lyrics by merging them with other rhythms and we will be able to enjoy the most emblematic songs that have been part of your musical journey in some way. Find more information here.
Explore Music & Culture from Cuba
Visit the Asian American Resource Center on Saturday, August 18, for an immersive exploration of music and culture from Cuba. Have fun with family, friends, and other community members as we sing, dance, and play instruments representative of folkloric music practices from Cuba. Free, kid-friendly event open to the whole family, designed with children ages 5 to 12 in mind. For more information and registration, visit the event page.
Austin Bollywood Day 2018
The City of Austin, along with Agni The Dance Company and Agni Entertainment, has hosted Austin Bollywood Day since Austin Mayor Steve Adler issued a proclamation in 2013. Come join us this year on Saturday, August 18, as we celebrate Bollywood dance and Indian culture!
Bollywood Day is a festival that showcases South Asian culture, food, clothing, music, vendors and contests. For more information, visit the calendar.
Ongoing Events for August
Choose from many options for bilingual storytimes and cultural clubs ongoing at many libraries in and around the greater Austin area. You can find more information on the multicultural event calendar.