January 22, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHAMORRO CULTURE FEST CANCELED FOR 2022
SAN DIEGO, California - January 22, 2022—The Chamorro Cultural Festival has been canceled for 2022.
CHE’LU, the non-profit organization and owner of the fest, made the decision to cancel their 2022 annual gathering in a morning Zoom call.
The chairperson of the planning committee, Danny Baza Blas, cited the Covid spike as the primary reason.
“The current conditions created by the latest Covid variant caused our committee to question if CCF could be executed in a safe manner,” Blas said. “We decided to make this decision today because our stakeholders, partners, vendors, volunteers and supporters need more certainty, and we have little at the moment.”
The festival, or CCF, was scheduled to take place at Cal State San Marcos on March 26th. Two previous festivals scheduled for March of 2020 and 2021 were also canceled due to Covid conditions.
Chamorros are the indigenous people from Guam, Saipan and the Northern Mariana Islands. Chamorros from Southern California and around the world came together at CSU San Marcos for ten previous CCFs.
CHE’LU is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created and sustained by volunteers in San Diego County. CHE’LU was established in 2005 to highlight the unique Chamorro culture and its indigenous people. CHE’LU is dedicated to the Chamorro community by preserving Chamorro language, culture and health through education.
Some of the ways CHE’LU accomplishes its mission can be found in the programs CHE’LU supports: The Sakman Chamorro sailing outrigger project, youth cultural music education, language instruction, healthy lifestyles and traditional dance programs.
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