The City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department and the newly formed Round Rock Cultural Fest Committee is embarking on a new tradition beginning on April 18. The inaugural free Round Rock Cultural Fest will be taking place at Centennial Plaza. This new exciting event will celebrate the diverse cultures that are here in the Round Rock community.
The Round Rock Cultural Fest Committee would like to invite the community to come out and celebrate this new event and take part by becoming a vendor, performer or volunteer. There will be a cultural walk from
Prete Plaza down Main Street to Centennial Plaza, performances, health fair, food and fun for the entire family. Community members and groups now have the opportunity to submit an application to become a food vendor, perform, volunteer, dress in cultural attire and participate in the cultural walk or simply come out to join in on the festivities. Applications can now be downloaded at the new event website at roundrocktexas.gov/rrculturalfest.
Interested participants may contact the Cultural Fest Committee by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website roundrocktexas.gov/rrculturalfest to get additional information. The Round Rock Cultural Fest Committee is looking forward to partnering with the community to create an annual landmark event bringing Round Rock cultural groups together to celebrate and embrace cultural diversity through respecting, understanding and appreciating the cultures of Round Rock and Central Texas.
Story of the Round Rock Cultural Fest
The vision of the Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department is to provide an active, vibrant, and beautiful city with a diversified and quality parks and recreation system that produces economic, health, and social benefits for the entire community. It hosts and supports numerous cultural events and groups including the El Amistad Club of Round Rock, The Voice Inc., Play for All Foundation, Literacy Council of Williamson County, Round Rock Ballet Folklorico, Williamson County Hispanic Heritage Committee, MLK Walk and Commemorative March, Round Rock Arts Council and Round Rock ISD, just to name a few.
In early 2014, a committee featuring community leaders from several groups was formed. This group includes Carlos Salinas (Amistad Club of Round Rock), Selicia Sanchez-Adame (The Round Rock Ballet Folklorico), Pastor Bernard Buhl, Pamela Cotton & Michelle Jones (The Voice Inc.) and Robert Pinhero (Literacy Council of Williamson County). Working with the City, this committee recognized a need within the rapidly growing and changing Round Rock community. The population was becoming more diversified and people were in need of ways to understand and appreciate each other’s differences.
Mission of the Round Rock Cultural Fest
The Round Rock Cultural Fest was created to bring Round Rock cultural and special needs groups together to celebrate and embrace cultural diversity through respecting, understanding, and appreciating the cultures of Round Rock and Central Texas.
Goals of the Round Rock Cultural Fest
- Always maintain the integrity of the mission and encourage learning about diverse cultures and traditions.
- Include the local region’s artistic and cultural heritage by offering an opportunity to share gifts and talents specific to that heritage.
- Set standards and policies that maintain inclusiveness of all people.
- Focus on the celebration of arts, music, food, dance, and traditional representations of culture, by including only vendors, community organizations, and other groups that fit within this focus.
- Facilitate a festival that is always free and family oriented.