LIMA — Think you live in a remote community? Step out Sunday to LACNIP’s International Expo and see how much of the world is just outside your doorstep.
“This absolutely floors everyone who sees all the countries at this event. This festival represents all the cultures in this area. Think this is not a cosmopolitan area? You’re going to get a big surprise here,” said Connie Hornung, chairwoman of this year’s event, “It’s a Small, Small World.”
In fact, more than 11 countries’ food, music, and overall culture will fill St. Rita’s Auxiliary Conference Center.
And if that’s not enough, artist Meg Dickason will transform that center into a world marketplace, filled with fabric and masks and kites and dress from around the world.
“Meg has lived in 45 countries and has visited 65 countries. She has clothing and objects from all these places that she buys and barters for, that she’s bringing to share,” Hornung said.
Additionally, there will be henna hand-painting, calligraphy demonstrations, origami, Japanese toys, hieroglyphics and plenty of native costumes.
“This is an opportunity to learn about other countries from something other than a textbook. We learn about the traditions and the food and the lifestyle of people in other countries. And when you do that, you see that underneath all of the differences they are people just like we are. They want their kids to go to a good school, they want the best for their communities. Talking to people on a one-to-one basis helps dispel so many rumors,” Hornung said.
“In this age of technology, the world really does seem to be getting smaller and smaller,” she added.