Community Events

Celebration of Cultures Festival

When: Sat., Oct. 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 2010

Given the fact that about 15 percent of Davidson County citizens have some type of international background, it is almost mind-blowing to realize that a mere 25 years ago, Music City was only modestly more ethnically, culturally and racially diverse than Communist North Korea. In 1985, Nashvillians — seemingly about 99 percent of them American-born black and white Christians back then — easily could have confused the term “global village” with “Hillsboro Village.” No more. Now Nashville offers a kaleidoscopic mix of nationalities, languages and faiths, with the transformation all but stunning. And the Celebration of Cultures Festival, now in its 14th year, honors that diversity — the frustration of small-minded bigots notwithstanding. Presented by Scarritt-Bennett Center and the Metro Parks Department, the C. of C. fest will include world dance, music and cuisine, an authentic glimpse of life (via the Global Villages), and original arts and crafts in a World Market setting.

William Williams

Price: free

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