The Department of World Languages at Wilton High School is hosting the Festival of Languages, a school-wide celebration of world languages, cultures, and diversity, from April 6-8. The Festival has been a tradition at WHS for over 20 years. The objective is to enrich the curriculum by bringing together the school community to celebrate the world’s cultures and languages. The planning committee, which has been organizing the event since October, is comprised of students and faculty. Señor Scott Webster and Frau Jo-Ann Cordes, Spanish and German teachers respectively have been working with student leaders Izzy Meltzer and Jessica Kobsa.
This year’s Festival will feature nearly 30 events ranging from German fairy tales to mock gladiator contests to current events in the Francophone world. The ever popular World Language Talent Show headlines the Festival brimming with song, music, and language. There will also be craft workshops like making traditional Spanish fans and a discussion on the Syrian refugee crisis by the Amnesty International club. The majority of events are student-run and several outside professionals will be invited as well such as a New York City dance troupe showcasing Indian Bollywood style dance, sponsored by the Wilton PTSA.
The committee has also worked closely with other departments like Social Studies and Math to design events that connect across disciplines. Events such as Meditation with Tibetan Singing Bowls highlights the importance of reaching beyond the WHS community.
The hallways of Wilton High School will be infused with a sense of excitement and festivity that emphasizes open-mindedness and a global outlook. The excitement of this Festival is pervasive throughout the school, with at least one event offered every period of each day. With interludes of cultural music over the loudspeaker in between classes and a school-wide international trivia contest among the Advisory groups, the Festival committee hopes to ensure that the international celebratory spirit reaches all students and staff!