Join Us as We Celebrate International Mother Language Day at the

“I Love Idiomas So Much! Festival

Watch live cultural and language-based performances by BoCca student groups and by a variety of local cultural organizations.

Participate in cultural and language learning activities.

Meet local organizations that provide language learning and cultural programs in the community.

A Free Family Friendly Community Event!

*Booths and Activities sponsored by a number of language learning and cultural programs and schools throughout the greater Austin area, serving age groups from preschool to adult.

Free Tote Bags to First 84 Attendees/Families courtesy of Freestyle Language Center, an adult language learning program in Austin, TX

Featured Language Learning and Cultural Programs at the Festival:

Live Performance Lineup:

Oliver Rajamani

“Oliver Rajamani performs innovative soul stirring original music. Rajamani has created a sound of his own with the historic threads of Indian/Gypsy folk, Romani and Texas cultures and music while bringing recognition to the historical Indian origins of the Romani people.

An Austin, Texas World Music award winner, a nominee of the 2008 US Artist Award and the 2014 nominee of the prestigious German world music award in the European Charts, Rajamani has toured internationally and has recorded and performed with poets and artists wide-ranging in style including Jeronimo Maya, Gypsy Kings, Willie Nelson, Edie Brickell, L. Shanker, Eric Johnson, Ustad Shujaat Khan, Ustad Aashish Khan, Glen Velez, Paravai Munniamma, Tomasa La Macanita, Dotschy Reinhardt, Robert Bly, Coleman Barks, Paul Maar including performing for the Maharaja of Jodhpur, India, Gaj Singh II. He has been a featured artist on the NPR BBC radio amongst numerous other radio, TV stations and magazines.”

Kayumanggi Pinoy Rock Band

The exploration of a Filipino identity. Tagalog compositions by Kokoy Severino

kayumanggi Pinoy rock band is the manifestation of the exploration of a Filipino identity. The original all-Tagalog Pinoy rock compositions of Kokoy Severino express his meditations upon his culture of origin in the context of a global community of cultures, and explore issues such as the painful longing for the homeland, the political violence that permeates Philippine society, and the enigma of nationalism. Described in Dirty Linen Folk and World Music Magazine (Baltimore MD) as “obliquely political and colorfully poetic.”

Instrumentation: kubing, agong, kulintang, guitars, bass, saxophone, vocals

Discography: “nagsilipat ang lahat sa Amerika” e.p. fosforo records 2001 (“everyone has moved to America”); “dati” single kayumanggi Pinoy rock records 2003 (“since long ago”).

All original Tagalog words, compositions and photos by Kokoy Severino – disciple, pilgrim, teacher, soccer coach,

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Eliud Band

Eliud Garcia, the singer and band leader of the ELIUD Band, is from Rio Grande City, Texas, near the border of Tamaulipas, Mexico. After obtaining a degree in music performance from Texas State University, Eliud continued his music career in classical music at Yale University. While playing solo in New Haven, Connecticut, Eliud met Giovanni Crespo Medina, an established artist who has worked with well-known artists such as Elvis Crespo, Olga Tañon, Tito “El Bambino”, and many others. Crespo Medina collaborated with Eliud and produced Eliud’s first album, Versitos. This collaboration greatly influenced Eliud’s musical style, giving it a broader audience appeal. In 2018, Eliud moved back to Texas. He currently resides in Austin where he teaches music and performs with his band. Eliud Band members include Gabriel Martinez, Jack Harper, Trevor Villwock, Matt Flores in addition to other invited artists.

BoCCA Bilingual Story Telling Performance

Bocca’s Mission: We EMPOWER youth and communities to become multilingual and biliterate. We utilize a storytelling approach based on cultural heritage that embraces their linguistically diverse voices and highlights them through performing arts and the use of digital media.

Bilingual kids need spaces outside of schools and home where they can be empowered and supported in their process of becoming literate in their home languages. Biliteracy Club Communities of Austin (BoCCa) offers an alternative solution that supports the education of multilingual students. Through our Biliteracy Club Communities, we provide a fun and judgement-free learning space where kids can use the language(s) that have shaped them to express themselves, share stories and make friends, while developing self-esteem, self-confidence, creativity, innovation and spontaneity.

Shiksha School of Indian Cultural Arts Dance Performance

At Shiksha, children choose from a variety of extracurricular topics and learn the subjects of their interest from qualified teachers. In addition to enriching children’s spiritual and cultural development through traditional classes in Hinduism, Dance, Language and Music, Shiksha teaches them unique skills they can use to excel among their peers in school by offering classes in Vedic Math, Test Preparation Classes and Robotics.

Carlos Cita

Although he began college as a Classical guitarist and music major, he switched to Music Education with a focus on IB programs in order to learn more about how young students promote their natural talents based on the IB philosophy. Since graduating from college, Carlos’ love for performing and studying music have led him to a variety of positions within his professional career. He has played classic guitar in a duet with a violinist, as well as, electric guitar for different rock and jazz bands. Carlos has served as consultant on musical projects in Colombia with his Professor, Victor Taboada. It was during his work with Professor Taboada that Carlos learned a deep appreciation for the power of music to develop social skills, memory, coordination in young learners, and to open communication between people of different cultures.

Amethyst Mellberg-Smith

Amethyst Mellberg-Smith began studying French beginning at the age of 2 and a half years. At the French School of Austin – Ecole Jean Jacques Rousseau, Madame Louali and Dr. Hind Louali couldn’t help but notice Amethyst’s love for art and singing and dancing. She loved participating in the shows that her school held on those special occasions. They encouraged her to study voice and pursue the arts. She is now at McCallum High School where she continues to study singing in their choir program, as well as dancing and acting with their theatre program. She recently performed in the multilingual musical production of Grand Hotel. English, German, French and Italian lines are spoken and sung in this musical. Amethyst helped a few of her non-bilingual cast members with their French lines. She has recently been cast as the lead in the upcoming McCallum High School product of “Footsteps.” She is looking forward to a performing a few songs at the “I Love Idiomas So Much! Festival”.