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Announcing the 2019 Festival of Cultures

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The Festival of Cultures returns on May 11 with new activities

 

(Charlottesville, VA) – The Festival of Cultures returns this May with music, crafts, food, exhibits and more. Led by the Thomas Jefferson Adult and Career Education (TJACE) Program at PVCC, the long-running festival will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Booker T. Washington Park in Charlottesville.

The Festival offers a wide variety of entertainment for all ages. From music and dance to songs and storytelling, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on cultural crafts activities, visit cultural exhibits and explore artisans’ works. Free photo portraits will be available and food vendors will be on-site offering delicious and diverse cuisine options.

New this year is an oral history studio that gives immigrants the opportunity to record their stories. This professional sound studio is provided by WTJU FM in partnership with WCVE News. 

Providing a welcome this year is Charlottesville resident Khizr Khan, Pakistani American immigrant and author of the memoir "An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice" and "This is Our Constitution."

We encourage individuals and families to join us on May 11 to learn about the rich cultures we have right here in our backyard. The Festival is truly a celebration of what makes the Charlottesville area unique, and an opportunity to learn about our neighbors from around the world,” said Zakira Beasley, Festival of Cultures coordinator.

In its 16th year, the festival’s mission is to celebrate the cultural and linguistic diversity in the Charlottesville community and increase awareness and bridge communication between new residents and current community members.

The Festival of Cultures supported in part by Aetna Better Health of Virginia, the Community Idea Stations, Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission, Charlottesville Family Publications, Dominion Energy, the City of Charlottesville, University of Virginia’s Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, WTJU FM and Virginia Tent Rental.

This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the park near the intersection of Preston Avenue and Madison Avenue and behind Burley Middle School on Rose Hill Drive. For people needing assistance additional parking is available in the park’s swimming pool lot. For more information, visit www.festivalofcultures.org or contact Zakira Beasley at zakira@festivalofcultures.org.

Public Service Announcement

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Charlottesville Vice Mayor addresses 15th Festival of Cultures

posted May 23, 2018, 1:12 PM by Webmaster ‎(CFOC)‎   [ updated May 23, 2018, 1:13 PM ]


Community Shopping Event Supports Annual Cultural Celebration

posted Nov 14, 2017, 5:58 PM by Webmaster ‎(CFOC)‎

Community Shopping Event Supports Annual Cultural Celebration 


On Sunday, December 17, 2017, the Charlottesville Festival of Cultures will partner with Ten Thousand Villages during its Community Shopping Event, from which a portion of sales between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. will be donated to the Festival.

The Festival of Cultures is an annual community event that celebrates the area’s linguistic and cultural diversity. The day features family-friendly international music and dance performances, cultural exhibits, hands-on activities for kids, artisan crafts, plus delicious ethnic food for sale. The 2018 Festival will be held on Saturday, May 12 at Washington Park in Charlottesville. Go to: http://www.festivalofcultures.org/

Ten Thousand Villages, located on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, is a not for profit fair trade retailer that provides a market for hand-crafted products made by people in marginalized areas of the world. Currently Ten Thousand Villages works with more than 60,000 artisans. The Festival of Cultures is organized by the Thomas Jefferson Adult and Career Education at PVCC with the support of many other individuals and organizations that recognize the importance of building bridges between new Americans and established residents. According to Festival Coordinator Zakira Beasley, “Once again, we are delighted to partner with Ten Thousand Villages, whose multicultural appreciation closely reflects our own.”

Location and Date for 2018 Charlottesville Festival of Cultures

posted Nov 14, 2017, 5:52 PM by Webmaster ‎(CFOC)‎   [ updated Nov 14, 2017, 5:53 PM ]

Location and Date for 2018 Charlottesville Festival of Cultures 

The 15th annual Festival of Cultures will take place on Saturday May 12, 2018 in Washington Park. The day will feature family-friendly international music and dance performances, cultural exhibits, hands-on activities for kids, artisan crafts, plus delicious ethnic food for sale.  

Festival planning committee members are pleased with the new location which features an expanded layout, a covered pavilion, beautiful large trees, a play area for children, and free parking in several nearby locations. The park is close to downtown and on a city bus line. This venue has a rich history in the community, read more here: Washington Park history.

The Festival of Cultures is organized by the Thomas Jefferson Adult and Career Education at PVCC with the support of many other individuals and organizations that recognize the importance of building bridges between new Americans and established residents.

Join Us at the Dogwood Parade

posted Apr 15, 2017, 8:17 AM by Webmaster ‎(CFOC)‎

Dogwood Parade 2016.mp4

Saturday April 22 is the date this year, just three weeks before the Festival, and a great opportunity to walk (or ride) in the parade with us. Last year we decorated a truck and several of our elders enjoyed the ride, along with dozens walking and carrying flags. We have a volunteer with a small truck this year, and could benefit from a larger truck and even a flatbed. Let us know if you would like to help decorate, walk, or drive!

Community Shopping Event Supports Annual Cultural Celebration

posted Dec 8, 2016, 9:15 AM by Webmaster ‎(CFOC)‎

 

On Sunday, December 18, 2016, the Charlottesville Festival of Cultures will partner with  Ten Thousand Villages during its Community Shopping Event, from which a portion of sales between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. will be donated to the Festival. 

The Festival of Cultures is an annual community event that celebrates the area’s linguistic and cultural diversity. The day features family-friendly international music and dance performances, cultural exhibits, hands-on activities for kids, artisan crafts, plus delicious ethnic food for sale. The 2017 Festival will be held on Saturday, May 13 at Lee Park in downtown Charlottesville. Go to: http://www.festivalofcultures.org/

Ten Thousand Villages, located on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, is a not for profit fair trade retailer that provides a market for hand-crafted products made by people in marginalized areas of the world. Currently Ten Thousand Villages works with more than 60,000 artisans.

The Festival of Cultures is organized by the Charlottesville City Schools Adult Learning Center with the support of many other individuals and organizations that recognize the importance of building bridges between new Americans and established residents. According to Festival Coordinator Zakira Beasley, “Once again, we are delighted to partner with Ten Thousand Villages, whose multicultural appreciation closely reflects our own.” 

13th Annual Charlottesville Festival of Cultures

posted May 11, 2016, 9:02 PM by Webmaster ‎(CFOC)‎

Come on out this Saturday, May 14th for the 13th Annual Festival of Cultures. This is a FREE community event in Downtown Charlottesville. There is a full performance schedule planned from 10am to 4pm on the stage at Lee Park. Enjoy a meal from a selection of eight international food vendors—browse the cultural exhibits representing 17 different countries—learn about available community resources from 22 area service agencies. Send your kids to the crafts tent and participate in a FREE drum workshop in "the Garage" from 1-2pm. Bring your family and friends. All Day—All Fun! Rain or Shine.



Performances from Around the World

posted May 5, 2016, 10:48 AM by Webmaster ‎(CFOC)‎   [ updated May 5, 2016, 10:53 AM ]

We have a full schedule of performances planned for the Festival this year. You'll enjoy music from the International School, the Tibetian Children's Choir, LUA Mexilachian Music and Beyond, and The Blue Ridge Irish Music School along with dances performances from Hiromi Johnson, Burma, Afghan, Bhutan, Native American, Punjabi, India, Mexico, Congolese, and Columbia. Bring your family and friends for a FREE afternoon of fun, music, and entertainment. There will be International Foods, Crafts for the Kids, and a Drum workshop--not to be missed. 




The Heart of the Festival

posted Apr 28, 2016, 7:06 AM by Webmaster ‎(CFOC)‎   [ updated Apr 28, 2016, 7:27 AM ]


The Ultimate in Diversity! The Festival's many cultural exhibits are at the heart of the festival. Come, celebrate and enjoy the cultural and linguistic diversity of our local community. Exhibitors are courageous people from countries around the world who have stepped out to share their heritage with us. Some of cultures that will be represented this year include: Congo Brazzaville, Tibet, India, Morocco, Bangladesh, Native America, Guatemala, and more. . . join us at Lee Park, Saturday May 14th, from 10am to 4pm for a day of family fun! Picnic with your family and friends, enjoy dance and music performances, workshops, and crafts for kids.


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