1995 Multi-Fest Program Cover
This family-oriented, multi-cultural festival of
Charleston, West Virginia, celebrated its tenth anniversary in
1999. Born as a result of African-American disillusionment at being
excluded from the planning and administration of a local Charleston
event, Multi-Fest emerged as a culturally inclusive late summer
activity which attracts visitors from numerous states as well as
from the immediate area. Audiences, performers and vendors
representing differing racial, ethnic, and cultural origins gather
on the grounds of the state capitol for three days each August to
celebrate diversity and commune in true fellowship and mutual
respect. Festival highlights include a kick-off dinner dance,
performances featuring a variety of music, from gospel to jazz,
reggae to rap; a youth talent show; educational and public-service
exhibits; and vendors selling multi-cultural food and wares.
Project documentation includes a report, photos, and programs from
the inception of the festival.
Originally submitted by: Robert E. Wise, Jr., Representative (2nd District).
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