Thanks to ALL who made the 2006-2016 WYCO Ethnic Festival's successful!
The 12th Annual 2017 WYCO Ethnic Festival is:
Saturday, April 15, 2017 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
KCKCC Athletic Field House
7250 State Ave., KC. Kan. 66110
A fantastic global music, dance, and educational experience!
Free Parking, mint tea and filtered water!
Excellent ethnic foods available for purchase!
Creative Children Corner!
WYCO Ethnic Festival, a community event to promote relationships and contact between people, and educate each other about our common humanity.
Music, dancing and ethnic foods will fill the Kansas City Kansas Community College Field House as part of the 12th annual Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival: A Human Family Reunion.
Roughly 1,000 people have attended in each of the last three festivals with roughly 60 organizations, countries and ethnicities from Wyandotte County represented at the festival through booths as well as onstage entertainment. Clarence Small is the humorous driving force of the event working as master of ceremonies. Gospel singer, Shawn Derritt, who is also Assistant Dean of the KCKCC Advising and Counseling Center, kicks off the event with a stirring rendition of the National Anthem and America the Beautiful.
Last year Mayor Mark Holland provided a memorial dedication to former KCKCC Trustee Mary Ann Flunder. Dr. Hira Nair made a donation of fine art from her family in India to the College. We also honored Irene Caudillo and Alvin Sykes with the prestigious Legends of Diversity award.
Everyone attending the festival receives a souvenir program with blank passport pages. These can be stamped at any culture booth. There are numerous door prize drawings during the festival for those with completed stamped passport pages turned in at Karen Hernandez' Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. culture booth. Festival founder, Karen Hernandez, also provides free books to those who turn in tickets received at the festival entrance, while supplies last.
There are dance groups with wonderful choreography and costume including the Nartan Dancers of India, West of Marrakesh Dancers, Sabor a Peru, Tikvah Dancers of Isreal, Rosemary's Fiesta Mexicana, and the ever popular Danny Hinds & Ayotunde Barbados Drumming and Dance Group.
We have always counted on and enjoyed the highly touted Havartski Obicaj Croatian Orchestra who represents one of the largest ethnic groups today and historically in Wyandotte County. Allen Arias provides Cosa Rican guitar, cajon and voice. The St. Monica Inspirational Choir with Melvin Kerr on keyboards always gets the audience moving, and finally, the Deepa Realite Reggae Band led by Gregory "Blue" Miller was a big hit at the festival.
The Creative Children?s Corner, coordinated by KCKCC?s Intercultural Center Director, Barbara Clark-Evans, is located on the inside right of the Field House.
The food court area featured delicious dishes from India, Peru, Malaysia, West African cuisine, Soul Food, Kenya, Mexico and Supreme Eatery. Water and mint tea will be available for free.
We very much look forward to meeting new friends and welcome back those who enjoy the feeling of inclusivity that our festival provides. Peace and agape love!
Click here to access a map to the KCKCC Campus.
Click Below to view photos from 2015 WEF
Click below to see a short clip of entertainment at the WYCO Ethnic Festival from 2012