International festival to showcase diversity


Jubee Desal, Diya Thakar and Bhumika Dutt, from left, dance a Bollywood dance at the International Festival on March 4, 2017, at Nash Community College.


From Staff Reports

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

An annual celebration highlighting the variety of ethnic communities calling Rocky Mount home is set for early next month with organizers still seeking participants.

When it comes to diversity, the International Festival Cultures is an event rivaled by few others. The festival has become a favorite in the community, said Archie Jones, the city's director of Human Relations.

“We always look forward to the International Festival of Cultures,” Jones said. “From the food to the fashion and the friendly atmosphere, the festival brings our community together and shows us how our diversity makes us stronger.”

Organizers are seeking participants from the various cultures within Rocky Mount to set up and man display booths, said Tameka Kenan-Norman, the city's chief communications and marketing officer.

Those participants also will take part in the cultural fashion show, provide entertainment, food and more.

Last year's event featured six cultures: Malaysian, Indian, Pakistani, Mexican, Costa Rican and Palestinian. Many of those cultures are expected to return this year and the International Club from Rocky Mount High typically participates.

Several local restaurants will be on hand to provide samples to attendees.

The event is sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, the city of Rocky Mount, Nash Community College, PNC Bank, Nash UNC Health Care, Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant, Rocky Mount Mills and Movin’ 99.3.

The festival is set to take place noon to 4 p.m. March 3 in the Brown Auditorium on the campus of Nash Community College.

Anyone interested in participating in the International Festival of Cultures can call 252-972-1181.