Culture Fest 2018

Sunday, October 07, 2018
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Off Campus
Room: 
First TN Pavilion

Culture Fest Logo

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

Community members are expected to attend the event, which will take place Sunday, Oct. 7 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the First Tennessee Pavilion located at 1801 Carter St. Chattanooga, TN. 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.

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 and to provide 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 activities, which focus on education, workforce development and civic engagement.

During the opening ceremony kickoff, local leadership will present recognition to our expanded and new members of the Cultural Ambassadors and International Achievers. More than 200 local multicultural leaders, speaking 30 languages and representing 65 countries will be in attendance.

Culture Fest attendees will have the opportunity to connect with the Cultural Ambassadors and International Achievers network in its efforts to create opportunity and bridges of understanding in the region.

For cultural displays 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