UD Presents African-Caribbean-Latino Festival

Aug 25, 2014

On Saturday, September 13, from 2:00 – 10:00 p.m., UD will present the African-Caribbean-Latino Festival. The festival will highlight the culture of peoples of the African diaspora, as well as Latin America and Mexico.  The event will take place on the University Quadrangle.

“In the spirit of partnership and community outreach, the University of Dubuque’s Office of Multicultural Student Engagement is bringing an event to the City of Dubuque and the UD campus that promotes the appreciation of diversity, the arts, and community engagement,” stated Mishereen Ellis, director of multicultural student engagement.  “This celebration is a new and exciting way for us to recognize our diverse community.  Attendees will experience and learn new things about culture and history that’s not typically taught in the classroom, and that goes beyond our American shores.”

The event will open with a Caribbean style carnival parade at 2:00 p.m.; include a variety of food and cultural booths and vendors from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. – including Reaching Beyond Words Ethiopian Coffee, Beauty by Moke, El Paisano’s Mexican Store & Restaurant, One Love Jamaican Craft Store, African-American Museum Display and more; and feature cultural performances including praise dancing, African dance, Cordaao De Ouro Capoeira. Chicago Samba Brazilian Bandand hip-hop artist Matti Baybee will be featured in concertConversation sessions will take place throughout the day, addressing issues of diversity in our community. A full schedule of events is listed below and can be found on the festival website at www.udafricancaribbeanlatinofestival.webs.com .

Festival Schedule

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.          Carnival parade procession ~ from Heritage Center to the Quad

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.          Performance Stage: Praise Dance

3:15 - 3:45 p.m.          Conversation Session #1: What does hospitality look like in Dubuque? (Jessica Rose) ~ Blades Chapel

3:15 - 3:40 p.m.          Performance Stage: DJ Sizzle Nation (Afro Beats)

3:45 - 4:15 p.m.          Performance Stage: African Dance

4:15 - 5:00 p.m.          Performance Stage: DJ (Latino Sounds)

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.          Performance Stage: Salsa Lesson

5:00 - 5:15 p.m.          Performance Stage: Capoeira Dance

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.          Performance Stage featured performance #1: Chicago Samba

6:35 - 7:05 p.m.          Conversation Session #2: In the wake of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, and others; what next? ~ Blades Chapel

6:35 - 7:05 p.m.          Performance Stage Performance: DJ Malicious (Sounds of the Caribbean)

7:05 - 7:45 p.m.          Performance Stage featured performance #2: Reggae Band

7:50 - 9:00 p.m.          Performance Stage: DJ (Hip-Hop/R&B)

8:30 - 9:00 p.m.          Performance Stage: African American Line-Dance Lesson

9:00 – 10:00 p.m.        Performance Stage: Hip Hop Performer Matti Baybee


Supporters and sponsors of this event include Alliant Energy, Faces & Voices, UD Trio Program, UD Black Student Union, Lettman Chiropractic, the Multicultural Family Center, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity