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!
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.”
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.
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 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.
Mahabuba Bengali Cooking, Yum Yum Express, The Pie Guy, Taqueria Mi Ranchito, Blackjack Soul Food, Meryem's Bakery, and La Flor Michoacana Ice Cream Shop. Come on out—picnic with family and friends— to support our local food vendors for the day while enjoying a full performance schedule!
Charlottesville area resources will be available throughout Lee Park on Saturday May 14th to educate residents about the abundance of services available. There will be free give-aways and other offerings. Visit all the agencies and get to know our community. The agencies that will be represented at the festival this year include: Alliance Francaise de Charlottesville, Charlottesville Sister Cities, The Jefferson Madison Regional Library, JAUNT, Sin Barreras (without Barriers), Literacy Volunteers Charlottesville/Albemarle, International Rescue Committee, WTJU (The University of Virginia Community Radio Station), Piedmont Virginia Community College, Blue Ridge Chapter United Nations USA,Tandem Friends School, The Women's Initiative, International Neighbors of Charlottesville, Shelter for Help in Emergency, Region Ten CSB, Central Virginia Citizenship Services, Charlottesville Pride Community Network,Peace Corps.
Mark your calendar now for Thursday, December 17th, 2015, from 3 to 7 pm, when the Festival of Cultures partners with Ten Thousand Villages on the Downtown Mall for its signature Community Shopping Event; a portion of the day's sales will be donated to the Festival. So get in the holiday spirit, and join us on December 17th. Your purchase will not only support our May 2016 celebration, but it will also help provide fair income to artisans from across the globe.