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How would you like to travel the world without ever leaving Brunswick County? Join in celebrating diversity and cultural education at the ninth annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival. It will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in front of the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.
This free event is committed to celebrating cultural diversity in all its aspects, while honoring the cultural history of Brunswick County, and presenting an enriching, cultural, entertaining and enlightening experience for people of all ages.
Festival-goers will have the opportunity to learn more about different cultures that reside in and around the county. The festival will be packed with numerous cultural performing artists, children’s activities, displays, vendors, nonprofits and ethnic food tasting.
Festival Chair Mari-Lou Wong-Chong and the planning committee are hard at work to make this year’s event larger, more diversified and an educational event for the community.
Come and join the excitement of the International Pavilion. This year, the pavilion will display information and exhibits from Africa, South America, Asia and Europe. Learn about the Argentine Tango, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Central America with its Aztec and Mayan heritage, Russian crafts and many more. More than 20 countries and cultures will be represented. There will also be a new feature for kids of all ages to participate and “travel” around the world.
“We invite parents, grandparents, and all to bring their kids to get their own passport, travel to the different countries for global experience and education,” Wong-Chong said.
Continue the international journey to the Intercultural Entertainment Stage for a “celebration of diversity.” The stage will again feature a lineup of high-energy musicians, dancers and performers that will be dressed in authentic traditional costumes. This showcases some of the region’s ethnic performers, designed to introduce families and children to the rich cultural diversity of our county.
Visitors can also taste many of the ethnic foods served in the area. Ethnic food tasting will be from 12:30-2:30 p.m. for a cost is $6. Any individual/restaurants are invited to donate food.
Volunteers, sponsors and vendors are greatly needed and appreciated.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mari-Lou Wong-Chong at 842-6566 or Lisa Schultz at 755-8083. For an application, visit its website at www.bcifestival.org.