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Festival brings world cultures together here

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Staff report

Come join in on a journey to enhance cultural and ethnic education and harmony through the arts, music, dress, customs, books, landscape and food.
The Brunswick County Intercultural Festival is a free event. It will be 10 a.m.-
4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, on the grounds of the Brunswick Community College, in front of Odell Williamson Auditorium off of U.S. 17.
The event is sponsored by the Brunswick Community College, Brunswick Arts Council, Brunswick Beacon, Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, UBS Financial Service/Thomas Keiser, volunteer Planning Committee and a multitude of volunteers from the community.
There is something for people of all ages. Parents and grandparents are invited to bring their children. There will be many activities for children as well as adults.
“It will be an excellent time for everyone to learn more about each other. The more we learn, the more there is to love and respect for each other,” said Mari-Lou Wong-Chong, festival chair.
A food tasting will be from 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Come early as food will run out. For $6 there will be food sampling from China, Mexico, Latin American countries, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, the Caribbean, Southern and soul foods, Brunswick Stew, India, Italian, Mediterranean, African, Germany and much more.
Continuous entertainment will start at 10:30 a.m.
“You don’t want to miss the fabulous ethnic artists and performers line up we have in store for you,” Wong-Chong said.
Performers for the festival include: Walsh Kelly School of Irish dance, Filipino-American Association Lower Cape Fear, Middle Eastern dancers, Indian Rinku Das, Japanese Drum and Dance, Mexican Folklore, African American production, traditional Japanese dance group and a Polynesian Islands team.
“Enjoy your gastronomic journey while feasting your eyes with fantastic cultural arts and entertainment. Travel through the world by learning about the cultures of over 20 countries represented by local residents,” Wong-Chong said.  “Bring your children to get their. Passport  to Culture. Upon completion a much awaited prize. Children will also be given lessons in carpentry.”
A variety of local businesses will have unique articles available for sale. Visitors will be able to learn how to become involved in the community through the different nonprofit organizations participating.
Attendees will have an opportunity to be the winner/winners of raffle items donated by local artist and business. Winner need not be present.
“Come support and educate ourselves of the diverse culture around us as we bring the world to Brunswick County,” Wong-Chong said.
For a complete entertainment schedule and more information on the festival, visit www.bcifestival.org.