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Former JACL National President Larry Oda (right) participated in the Cask Ceremony during last year’s festival.

More than two-dozen international performances will be featured during the second annual Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival on May 14-15 at the Upper Custom House Plaza in downtown Monterey, Calif.

Hundreds of performers of colorful dances and authentic music from a variety of international cultures will be represented to help highlight Monterey’s rich culture, language and international affairs capabilities as well as its Sister City relationships.

Participating sponsors include Moravia, Arts Council for Monterey County, Fisherman’s Wharf Assn. and the City of Monterey.

Fun for all ages, the festival will also feature food and beverages offered from vendors of different cultures, including Japanese, Korean American BBQ, Indian and Lebanese cuisine. Henna face painting, ethnic crafts exhibits and cultural lessons will also be offered.

The fest will be held on May 14 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with a procession on Alvarado Street in Downtown Monterey at 10 a.m., and on May 15 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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