Culturefest celebrates diversity

Claire Peeler, Chattanooga, Tenn. – The 16th annual CultureFest highlighted diversity and cultures within the greater Chattanooga area.

Chattanooga State’s International Community Outreach program partnered with the Chattanooga Market for a five-hour culture festival in the center of the First Tennessee Pavilion.

The event offered a row of informational display booths that led to a stage at the back of the pavilion where live music, a dance competition and a multicultural fashion show took place.

The stage was crowded with viewers watching as different cultures showed off their ethnic background through dance, dress, and music.

Also, each booth offered information, food, and souvenirs from different countries, which allowed visitors to learn about other cultures through sight, sound and taste.

Face painting and origami were other activities that children seemed to flock to at the Culturefest.

Emilee Cutright, an university alum from Hendersonville, Tenn., was impressed by how many different ethnic groups were represented at the Culturefest.

Cutright said, “I think it’s amazing that so many different cultures are present here in Chattanooga and to see them all represented was inspiring. I hope this event grows and prospers throughout the years.”

The festival also included a Parade of Nations, which incorporated live performances from local cultural groups.

Hayden Seay

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