Celebrating the cultures and traditions of NELA at Lummis Day Festival

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Film screenings. Art exhibits. Outdoor music. And a parade. All these and other events will mark this weekend’s 12th annual Lummis Day Festival, which showcases the cultures and traditions of Northeast L.A.

The free festival continues its multi-cultural focus with musical performances ranging from the 30-voice Selah Gospel Choir to the indie quartet Teen Judge. There will also be puppet shows, an exhibit showcasing the city’s mural tradition, poetry readings and performance art.

So, who is Lummis Day named after?

Lummis Day takes its name from Charles Fletcher Lummis, who joined the L.A. Times as the newspaper’s first city editor in 1884. A prolific writer and photographer, Lummis was also one of the city’s first librarians, founded the Southwest Museum and helped introduce the concept of multi-culturalism to Southern California.

The Festival will be held from Friday, June 2 through Sunday, 4 across a variety of locations, from Occidental College in Eagle Rock to Sycamore Grove Park in Highland Park.  Go to LummisDay.org for a schedule and details.

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