Come and celebrate the cultural and linguistic diversity of our local community. The Twelfth Annual Festival of Cultures will be a day of free family-friendly fun with all-day entertainment: music, dance, song, and storytelling. Enjoy hands-on cultural crafts activities, visit cultural exhibits, food, and artisan vendors. The Festival is a gathering place where all can meet, share in, and learn about each others' cultures. Here you can take a passport and "travel the world in Lee Park". The Festival is organized by the Charlottesville City Schools Adult Learning Center with the involvement and support of many other individuals and organizations and provides an opportunity for building bridges of communication between new Americans and established residents. The Festival is in Lee Park on Market Street next to Main Branch of the Library in downtown Charlottesville. This event is FREE and open to the public.
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The 12th annual Festival of Cultures at Lee Park in downtown Charlottesville on Saturday, May 9, 10:00am-4:00pm. Featuring exhibits, performances, and hands-on craft activities, the Festival celebrates diversity in our local community. The Festival is organized by the Charlottesville City Schools Adult Learning Center with the involvement and support of many other individuals and organizations.
2014's festival performers included the Hiromi T'ai Chi Fan Dance, the Blue Ridge Irish Music School and the Tibetan Children's Choir plus demonstrations of Colombian, Bhutanese, Bengalese, and Indian Classical dance. Check back in 2015 for an up-to-date-schedule.
You can also purchase delicious food from local vendors like the Balkan Bakery & Bistro, The Australian Pie Guy, Got Dumplings, Monsoon Siam, Black Jack Soul Food, Taqueria Mi Ranchitos and Meryam's Bakery as well as artisan goods from groups like Anggely's Designer, Common Thread: Refugee Women's Craft Cooperative, and the African Development Project.
Numerous Charlottesville Resource agencies were present at the 2014 festival to introduce the community to their valuable services. Those in attendance included: The Jefferson Madison Regional Library, Literacy Volunteers Charlottesville/Albemarle, Sexual Assault Resource Agency, Senior Center, International Rescue Committee, Hiromi T'ai Chi, WTJU (The University of Virginia Community Radio Station, Piedmont Virginia Community College, Blue Ridge Chapter United Nations USA, and Shelter for Help in Emergency. We encourage you to stop by their tents and tables to find out more about the Charlottesville community.