Culture Fest 2017 Large Group Photo

Save the Date for Culture Fest

Chattanooga State’s International Community Outreach Office, in partnership with the Chattanooga Market, City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County, will co-host Chattanooga’s 19th annual Culture Fest, the area’s premiere showcase of international communities and largest annual celebration of local cultures.

The event will take place Sunday, Oct. 7 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the First Tennessee Pavilion, located at 1801 Carter Street, downtown Chattanooga. Admission is free.

Featured activities and entertainment will include live performances from local cultural groups, a Parade of Nations, multicultural displays from 18 countries, dance contest, and an exhibition of culturally-themed art. Additional opportunities to learn about other cultures will be presented at display booths coordinated by ChattState’s Cultural Ambassadors and International Achievers. More than 200 local multicultural leaders, speaking 30 languages and representing 65 countries will be in attendance.

Culture Fest will be providing awards for outstanding representatives in the following categories:

  • Best delegation in the Parade of Nations
  • Best cultural display booth
  • Most authentic dress in the multicultural fashion show

Event will support the Cultural Ambassadors and International Achievers program created in a partnership between Chattanooga State Community College, Hamilton County and the City of Chattanooga. The Program aims to positively impact local perceptions of the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our community while providing support for our international students at Chattanooga State Community College. The Program provides opportunities for diverse populations in our region to strengthen their own communities by engaging in education, workforce development, and civic engagement.

For cultural displays, volunteer opportunities or the international outreach initiatives, please contact Gladys Pineda-Loher at gladys.pineda-loher@chattanoogastate.edu. For information about vendor sales please contact Steve Brehm at: steve.brehm@chattanoogamarket.org

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