The Concord International Festival returns to downtown in October | Local News


The City of Concord and El Puente Hispano are teaming up to bring the second annual Concord International Festival to downtown Concord on Saturday, October 1.

The inaugural event brought more than 5,000 residents and visitors to downtown Concord for a day of family celebration filled with food, entertainment, ethnic crafts and cultural games from around the world.

The city and El Puente Hispano are seeking vendors, sponsors and volunteers to participate in this year’s event, with applications available through September 1.

The Concord International Festival is a celebration of the many cultures and diversity represented across Concord and Cabarrus County. With live music and dance performances, cultural exhibits, international food and drink, a kids’ zone with globally inspired games, and craft and merchandise vendors, visitors can explore a mosaic of different countries in their backyard.

“The festival showcases the rich cultures and diverse communities that contribute to our vibrant city and make Concord one of the most vibrant and desirable places to live, work and play,” said Mayor Bill Dusch. . “We had an overwhelming turnout last year, and I look forward to welcoming even more vendors and visitors to downtown as we come together again to embrace our diversity and celebrate the people and traditions that make our city so special.”

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Last year’s inaugural event brought together more than 40 artists on stage, 60 arts and crafts vendors from around the world and 14 international food vendors. In total, more than 50 countries were represented at the 2021 event.

El Puente Hispano President Sandra Torres is on a mission to bring even more passion and energy to the event this year and expand the list of performances and vendors.

“The Concord International Festival is a memorable and dynamic experience,” said Torres. “There is something magical about seeing so many countries and cultures represented. The community can experience them all firsthand without having to leave Concord.

To join the celebration of culture and community as a vendor, sponsor or volunteer, apply online or contact El Puente Hispano at 980-389-0615 or email [email protected] Vendor applications are due by September 1.

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Darcy J. Skinner