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4th Annual HeritageFest Celebrates Community Diversity

Traditional Indian dance

Elmbrook's 4th Annual HeritageFest celebrated cultures, languages, traditions, crafts, and food from over 30 different countries attracted nearly 1,000 people to Brookfield East High School on Wednesday, January 29. Hosted by Elmbrook Schools in partnership with Elmbrook's Parent Network, the event showcased the diversity in our community, with students and families sharing different aspects of their culture and heritage.

"HeritageFest continues to be an incredible opportunity for our Elmbrook families to witness all the different cultures represented in our great community," said Chrissy Pappas, Burleigh Elementary English Learner Teacher. "Each presenter puts immense dedication into their performances and cultural displays which highlights the importance of this celebration of diversity in Elmbrook." In addition to engaging families relatively new to the country, this year's festival featured beautiful and informative cultural displays from students, staff, and community members.

At the event, students and community members wore traditional ethnic clothing, 70 table displays were set up around the fieldhouse, and numerous cultural presentations took place on the main stage including a Chinese Dragon Dance, Vietnamese Fan Dance, Bharatanatyam Indian Dance, and various instrumental performances from around the world. This year's event gained sponsorship from several community partners: Golden Fortunes, Vino Cappuccino, Chick-fil-A, Grassroots Salad Company, Great Wall, Capitol Cafe, India Garden Restaurant, and Pick n Save.

See photos from the event below.