Dublin’s annual Splatter Festival is set to return this weekend, for its second edition during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on showcasing and celebrating a wide range of cultures.

“This year’s festival will continue to showcase music, dance and art, while offering many elements of cultural diversity,” said Shari Jackman, the city’s communications manager, in a statement.

“The festival will feature community performances including Bollywood and classical Indian dance, Chinese dance, kung fu demonstrations, etc. from different cultures,” she continued.

Jackman told DanvilleSanRamon that while officials were forced to cancel the 2020 event, he returned last year with minimal restrictions and is expected to look the same this year.

“Splatter returned in 2021 with heightened security measures in mind,” Jackman said. “However, since it was not considered a ‘mega’ event (over 10,000 attendees), we were not required to follow any specific rules put in place by the State of California.”

“This year we will continue to sanitize high touch areas and dining tables for the safety of all visitors,” she added. “In case something changes, we will adapt.”

While event organizers already have experience strategizing under pandemic conditions, Splatter this year is expected to see further changes – in particular, a multicultural focus aimed at showcasing the heritage of Dublin’s past and present residents, and the city’s international connections.

Specifically, the event will feature Latin American stilt walkers in the crowd, as well as demonstrations of Asian, Indian and hip-hop dance, European ballet and Kung Fu at the Emerald Glen Park Amphitheater, with music, poetry and other performances by Dublin residents. on the Sideyard stage.

In addition to the performances, Jackman said the food at the festival will also represent an array of cultures.

“Food for purchase will include Jamaican, Indian, Chinese, Louisiana Creole – a bit of everything,” Jackman said.

Other highlights of this weekend’s event are expected to include “High Life” – an art exhibition by Dublin high school students – as well as the return of fruit sculptures and an “I am Dublin” mural where residents can display Polaroid photos showing their heritage.

The musical acts on the festival’s main stage will consist of the Santana Carnival tribute band; The 925 band; We Dance; Neon velvet. Tainted Love will perform popular music from the 1980s as the final musical act, followed by the return of a drone light show that debuted last year.

Splatter is set to run from noon to 8:30 p.m. Saturday (September 10). Admission is free, with fees for carnival rides and children’s games. More information is available at www.dublin.ca.gov/1145/Splatter.