Cameron Harper, right, receives a tamale from Margarita Pablo during the International Festival of Cultures Saturday February 23, 2013, at Nash Community College.
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Cameron Harper, right, receives a tamale from Margarita Pablo during the International Festival of Cultures Saturday February 23, 2013, at Nash Community College.

International Festival to spotlight cultures

By Tyler Kes
Staff Writer

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Twin Counties residents soon will have the opportunity to experience different cultures from around the world without having to leave the area.

The International Festival of Cultures, an event hosted by the Rocky Mount Martin Luther King Jr. Commission and Nash Community College, will be held from 12 to 4 p.m. March 1 at the Brown Auditorium on NCC’s campus.

“The main purpose is to allow us to appreciate diversity,” Rocky Mount Human Relations Director Archie Jones said.

Booths will be set up along the perimeter of the auditorium, showing different aspects of the participating cultures, Jones said.

“We have invited all nationalities of people who call Rocky Mount home,” Jones said. “We have several different cultures.”

Jones said members of the Palestinian, Hispanic, Malaysian and Asian communities are planning to participate, as well as the International Club from Rocky Mount High School.

The event also will feature a food tasting, featuring unique foods from around the world, as well as from local restaurants.

A number of groups will be providing entertainment, performing songs and dances from their native cultures, Jones said.

“It will be a good event for experiencing food and song and dance,” Jones said.

The event will be held a week later than normal, Jones said, hopefully to capitalize on nicer weather.

“Hopefully the weather will be nicer this year, because when the weather is nicer, more people will come out,” Jones said.

The event is free to the public.