Centennial Park hosts Celebration of Cultures

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The Celebration of Cultures, an annual multicultural festival in Centennial Park, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The event, which is free and open to the public, works to promote diversity by encouraging education and tolerance of the many cultures that create Nashville. Over 40 cultures will be represented through dance, music, visual arts, a children’s area, and exotic food samplings. An educational component called “The Global Village” will offer a glimpse into the daily life and traditions of people in China, India, Ethiopia, Mexico, Bolivia, Peru, Japan, Norway, Madagascar and Ecuador, among other countries.

New to the festival this year are performances by the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra and Nashville in Harmony, a 100-person choral group for gay people and their supporters.

Named as a Southeast Tourism Society “Top 20 Event for Fall 2010,” the festival is presented by the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation and Scarritt-Bennett Center.