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The 77th Holiday Folk Fair International, America’s premiere multi-cultural festival, will be reimagined for 2020, with the event to be available “wherever you are” Fri., Nov. 20 – Sun., Nov. 22.

A program of the International Institute of Wisconsin (IIW) that celebrates the cultural heritage of the people living in southeastern Wisconsin, the 2020 Holiday Folk Fair International will take place online and feature the education, entertainment, artisan and cooking demonstrations, photographic exhibits, and shopping that Fair-goers have come to cherish.

“We have decided that this year’s Holiday Folk Fair International will not be done as an in-person event due to COVID-19, but we are excited about the opportunities to share the traditions of dozens of ethnic groups that call Milwaukee and the surrounding communities home in a way that will be safe and enjoyable for all,” said Alexander Durtka, Jr., President of the IIW. “We are still in the planning stages of how we will present cultural traditions from around the globe, but it will be done in a way that the whole family will enjoy. The groups that have been part of Folk Fair for years and decades are enthusiastic about the opportunities to share their heritage not only with those in Wisconsin, but throughout the world.”

The online event will feature various ethnic groups presenting their culture in multiple ways. “The 2020 Holiday Folk Fair presentations will continue to foster an environment of learning and understanding, of respect and tolerance. Our goal remains to have those that experience Folk Fair find within themselves the necessary qualities for shaping their lives and that of their community,” Durtka said. “Our communities provide an identity and a sense of belonging. They help us discover who we are and why.”

Specific information on the 2020 Holiday Folk Fair International will be shared in the weeks ahead on the event’s website, Facebook page, or by calling 414-225-6225.

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