Arts and Entertainment Council’s Culture Fest will be held 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, September 29, in Coolidge Park. The University is a title sponsor of this day-long celebration of the many cultures represented in Chattanooga. The festival features international & multicultural music & dance performances, food, arts & crafts, and information booths. In addition, there will be a storytelling booth as well as an arts & crafts booth for children.
This year, there will be a UTC tent featuring the international and multicultural offerings at the University including the International Student Organization, Indian Student Group, Student Cultural Exchange Ambassadors, International Programs Office, International Student Services, Foreign Language and ESL Institute. Art professor David Young will showcase samples of student art from short-term study abroad trips to London. The offices of Admissions, Graduate School, Women’s Center, and Students with Disabilities will also be represented. Student musical groups will be performing.
Culture is defined ethnically and along national boundaries at Culture Fest.
According to Elizabeth Bell, Office of Cooperative Education & International Programs, there are opportunities to volunteer at Culture Fest. Please consider offering service in these areas: set up, parking shifts, hospitality tent shifts, cleanup, shifts at specific booths and other miscellaneous jobs. Email Elizabeth-Bell@utc.edu or call 425-4735 to volunteer.
A Culture Fest performance will come to UTC on Thursday, September 27, when Andes Manta from Ecuador will perform traditional folk music at the UTC University Center Auditorium. These four brothers, Fernando, Luis, Bolivar and Jorge will bring this unique art form in its purest, most authentic form by playing 35 traditional instruments. Andes Manta will perform two 40 minute performances beginning at 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
From Carnegie Hall to the Discovery Channel, from the National Cathedral to Lincoln Center and in hundreds of schools and universities, Andes Manta’s powerful and moving performances have played to many standing ovations. More information is available at http://www.andesmanta.com/.