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Join Us at the Dogwood Parade

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

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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.

Food, Food, and more Food

posted Apr 26, 2016, 7:15 PM by Webmaster ‎(CFOC)‎   [ updated Apr 26, 2016, 7:19 PM ]

The Festival of Cultures attracts local food vendors who with an international flare. People have enjoyed delicious food from a wide variety of cultures. This year we welcome 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!

Resources Galore!

posted Apr 22, 2016, 1:25 PM by Webmaster ‎(CFOC)‎   [ updated Apr 26, 2016, 4:06 PM ]

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 CharlottesvilleCharlottesville Sister Cities,  The Jefferson Madison Regional LibraryJAUNTSin Barreras (without Barriers), Literacy Volunteers Charlottesville/AlbemarleInternational Rescue CommitteeWTJU (The University of Virginia Community Radio Station), Piedmont Virginia Community CollegeBlue Ridge Chapter United Nations USA,Tandem Friends School, The Women's InitiativeInternational Neighbors of CharlottesvilleShelter for Help in EmergencyRegion Ten CSBCentral Virginia Citizenship ServicesCharlottesville Pride Community Network,Peace Corps

Passports for Books are back!

posted Apr 16, 2016, 12:38 PM by Webmaster ‎(CFOC)‎

Back by Popular Demand! Thanks to a generous Community Grant from the Junior League of Charlottesville, we are pleased to once again offer Passport for Books, a fun activity for children of all ages.  Families will be able to pick up colorful Passports at the entrance to Lee Park or at the Information Desk, then visit at least 16 cultural and/or agency exhibits to have their Passports stamped.  Passports may be redeemed at the Information Booth for a brand new kid’s book. There is something for every level – from engaging board books to colorful picture books, to chapter books for emerging and advanced readers – both fiction and non-fiction. We appreciate the funding from the Junior League, which made it possible to purchase over 350 wonderful children’s books for this year’s Festival

Support the Festival of Cultures—Holiday Shopping Event!

posted Nov 5, 2015, 7:28 AM by Webmaster ‎(CFOC)‎   [ updated Nov 5, 2015, 7:30 AM ]

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.

Check out what Ten Thousand Villages has to offer!

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