A celebration in which we get to know more of each other using music, folklore dance, our traditions, our food, language, and artistic expressions. UNESCO adopted May 21 as the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. According to the United Nations, if each country brings the different cultures together, they can contribute more to peace, positive development, and social stability in the community. According to the Minister, such initiatives create a platform where colonies from all nationalities established in Aruba can come together and share their patriotic love. There is nothing nicer to see that our very own Cas di Cultura is making their stage available to our artistic talents to express their cultural heritage without limits.
A day like this broadens our knowledge and provides a sense of peace, union, love, solidarity, respect, and tolerance. This help teach us how to support and value our cultural diversity which makes us so unique and special.
This encounter started in 2006 when it was called Multicultural Fair and was celebrated on Columbus Day which was not an international celebration neither a day to celebrate multiculturalism. Over years, countries were celebrating multicultural encounters on a variety of days. This year, however, this was changed to one specific date. May 21 was also the very same day Aruba made the Papiamento language official back in 2003.
During the encounter, the Minister declared May 21 as the date on which the Department of Culture will be celebrating this multi-cultural event yearly together with all the colonies established in Aruba.
In 2022, this celebration will be extended over 1 week, and probably when the pandemic is over, it will become a much bigger event. In addition to the multi-disciplinary artistic exchange, there will also be Artisan Expo’s Gastronomic Fairs, artistic exchange, and symposium about integration.