The Simi Valley Youth Council and Cultural Arts Center are excited to announce a multicultural festival and celebration to recognize the diverse backgrounds that make up the community.  The virtual festival will run online in April and May of 2021 and will feature cultural music, dance and movement performances; culinary demonstrations; a fashion show; and, an art exhibit. The event will culminate on May 21, 2021, with an intergenerational storytelling session where participants will share their unique cultural experience. 


Community members of all ages are invited to participate in this through submitting a video or photo of your cultural practice in: movement (i.e. dance and martial arts); cooking; fashion; story telling; or, art (all mediums, from sculpture, to calligraphy, to painting).  Videos and photos may be submitted at by Friday, March 19, 2021.  More information and submission guidelines are available on the application link. 


“I encourage everyone, no matter your background, to participate in the multicultural festival events hosted by the Youth Council and Cultural Arts Center”, stated the Multicultural Festival Chair Ashlyn Ro. “Living in a vibrant community where there are so many people from different backgrounds, we believe that it is important to celebrate cultural diversity and inclusivity by uplifting and supporting all individuals. Together, we will continue to build a strong community that celebrates diversity in Simi Valley!”


This event is funded in part through a California Arts Council Local Impact Grant awarded to the Cultural Arts Center. More information on the event and its program will be available shortly on the Simi Valley Virtual Arts Center website, and on the Youth Council Instagram, @simivalleyyouthcouncil. Please contact Kristin Tignac, Community Services Coordinator, at (805) 583-6766 with any questions. 



April 24, 2021

at 7 pm

Do you or your famaily have a favorite lasagna, curry, jambalaya, chile relleno, or schnitzel that you like to make? Submit a video cooking demonstration featuring you and your family preparing your favorite cultural dish! Include a recipe so that we can create a multicultural cookbook of all the entries!

Cultural Couture

Here's your chance to become America's next top model! Join our virtual fashion show by sending a short video or photos of you modeling cultural wear. So get ready to hit the virtual runway!

April 17, 2021

at 7 pm

Anthropological Art

Create a visual work of art influenced by your cultural heritage. It could be any medium -  drawing, woodworking, jewelry, painting, sculpture, photography, or more. Submit a digital scan or photo of your art and we will include it in our virtual gallery running thorughout the month of May! 

May 1-31, 2021

Origin Stories

Interview one of your elders or a friend in the community about their "story" - where their ancestors came from, favorite family traditions, where they were born, favorite food of their culture, and other fun facts that make up who they are! Everyone has a unique story to tell! See below for some sample interview questions for your Origin Story interview videos!

May 21, 2021 at 7 pm

Music and Movement Around the World

Send us a video of you or your friends performing music, dance or movement that showcases a world culture. From Karate to K Pop, Irish Clogging to Italian Opera, Ballet Folklorico to Dragon Dance - show us what you got! 

April 10, 2021 at 7 pm

Eligibility Requirements:

- At least one member of your group must be a full time resident or employee in Simi Valley, California.

-The Multicultural Festival Committee and the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center shall have sole authority in selecting acts for the festival, scheduling of those selected, and overseeing production aspects.

-Video submissions should be two to three minutes in length, filmed horizontally (landscape) as an MP4 or MP3 file.

-For better quality when filming with a mobile device, please film with the camera on the front of your phone (facing towards you).

-No copyrighted music or material may be used in the video.

After submission information is received, a confirmation email will be sent, along with a media release form. Please note that space is limited, and all submissions will be reviewed by the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center and the Youth Council for quality and content.

If you have questions regarding the event, please contact Kristin Tignac at (805)-586-6766 or email at

Here are some sample questions to help create your Origin Story interview videos

  1. What is your cultural heritage or heritages?

  2. Where were you born? If not in United States, when did you come to the US? Describe that experience or tell us what you know about a member of your family that was the first generation to move here and their story?

  3. Can you retell a favorite memory of growing up relating to your cultural traditions?

  4. Have you ever encountered a negative experience, like racism or discrimination, because of your background?  How did you get through the situation and do you have any recommendations for others who may endure similar experiences?

  5. Many people refer to the U.S. as a melting pot filled with people of many cultures and backgrounds. What do you feel is the best thing about living in a country with such diversity?

  6. What are some favorite cultural traditions that your family does?

  7. What is a favorite cultural food or meal that you like to make or eat?

  8. Which traditions do you hope to pass down to your children and grandchildren?

  9. What words of wisdom would you want to tell future generations?

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