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San Jose, CA – The Mosaic Festival kicked off a two-day extravaganza on Aug. 26 at the Mexican Heritage Plaza, featuring over 35 cultures, 120 artists and 45 vendors and organizations who have made their home in the Silicon Valley.

San Jose Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco (left) presents a commendation to Mosaic America Co-Founders Priya Das and Usha Srinivasan on Aug. 26, 2022. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.
Keerthana Srinivasan, age 11, participates in a capoeira demonstration at the Mosaic Festival at Mexican Heritage Plaza on Aug. 26, 2022. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.
A member of the Playboyz dance crew performs on stage on August 26, 2022 at the Mosaic Festival at Mexican Heritage Plaza. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.

The festival aims to “present a vision of America that is different,” said co-founder Priya Das. “You do not need to shed your history, identity or culture to be American.”

A performer with The Get Down dances on stage on Aug. 26, 2022 at the Mosaic Festival at Mexican Heritage Plaza. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.
Xpressions company dancers learn a folk dance number from Grupo Folclórico Tempos de Outrora at the Mosaic Festival on Aug. 27, 2022. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.

From the delicious food trucks outside, to the workshops, gallery exhibit and cultural performances,  “The Mosaic Festival is intentional about creating a sense of much-needed belonging, healing, and harmony for all of us. We are grateful to those who have paved the way for our organization to do the work we do,” said Usha Srinivasan, co-founder and president of Mosaic America, in a press release.

Dancers from Buu Kim Tu, who perform the Dragon and Lion dance, interact and tease children in the crowd at the Mosaic Festival on August 27, 2022. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.
Maria Lazo follows the Indian dance routine by the Xpressions company dancers at the Mosaic Festival on Aug. 27, 2022. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.

People need to see Silicon Valley as home, not just a place of opportunity, said Priya Das. “You feel you’re safe when you’re with your own people.”

Dancers from Ensamble Folclórico Colibrí dance along to a Bollywood routine at the Mosaic Festival on Aug. 27, 2022. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.
A young dancer from Starrz Dance performs at the Mosaic Festival on Aug. 27, 2022. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.
A male dancer from Ensamble Folclórico Colibrí, an LGBTQ supportive troupe, performs at the Mosaic Festival on Aug. 27, 2022. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.

Sree Sripathy

Sree Sripathy is a writer, photographer and disability advocate based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a 2022 CatchLight Local Fellow and part of the California Local Visual Desk program. Sree also...