Nearly 700 people from across the country—including artists, writers, comedians, musicians, multiracial and multicultural families—are expected to gather at the Mixed Remixed Festival on June 13 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, to celebrate the stories and lives of multiracial people and families.
"Our goal is to raise awareness that the mixed race experience is very much the American experience," Mixed Remixed Festival Founder and Executive Producer Heidi Durrow, told NBC News. "The festival isn't about mixed-race pride. It's about breaking the silences we have about the complexities of racial and cultural identity."
Mixed Remixed will feature storytelling, workshops, panel discussions, readings, film screenings, music, comedy, spoken word, and the largest Loving Day Celebration on the West Coast to mark the 1967 Loving v Virginia Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage in America.
Mixed Remixed will also be awarding its annual Storyteller's Prize to the Daily Show's Al Madrigal who hosts and produces "Half Like Me" and author Jamie Ford who wrote "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet."
"To me, festivals like this are all about community," multiracial Asian American writer and Mixed Remixed panel moderator Jason Sperber told NBC News. "Multiraciality is so often discussed as an individualized and individuated experience, but it is much more than that. A setting like Mixed Remixed allows us to share our differences and commonalities, our histories personal and political, our voices and stories, and to see that we are indeed a community based on our very diversity, and that we are not alone."
The 2010 US Census reports that over 9 million Americans identify as two or more races, comprising 2.9 percent of the total population, an increase of 32 percent since 2000.