This year, Culture Fest will begin with a celebration of Jazz concert on Friday, October 18. The ninth annual festival will continue on Saturday, October 19, at the Lake Charles Civic Center will come to life as we celebrate the diversity of Southwest Louisiana with food, music, fashion, art, and performances that span across the many cultures and ethnicities found in our region.
Culture Fest is free to the public and has become one of the most buzzed-about festivals of the fall. This year’s lineup includes a variety of events for all ages and backgrounds, including a cultural display area, an international village for children, a world café, and a wide schedule of live entertainment.
More than 5,000 residents and locals attended last year’s event, which featured more than ten food stations, twenty artisan booths, and thirty interactive cultural displays. This event has something for everyone.
Culture Fest Louisiana is presented by Common Ground, a nonprofit organization, and began in 2011 in partnership with the City of Lake Charles, McNeese State University, Calcasieu Parish Public Library, and several civic organizations and schools. The festival was initiated as a way to educate and enlighten the public about global cultures through a festival atmosphere.
“It’s a great place for us to learn about other cultures, their customs, traditions, and food,” said Patricia Kelty, volunteer event coordinator. “Our mission is to help celebrate the many cultures in Lake Charles and have people come together and learn about their neighbors. In the process, we strengthen our own heritages while gaining respect for others.”
With the influx of new families coming to Southwest Louisiana, festival planners say now more than ever is the time to make culturally diverse families feel welcomed and accepted, thus increasing our participation in the global market.
The countries represented at Culture Fest Louisiana continue to grow. Currently, the following countries will be represented: Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Columbia, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Japan, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saipan, Thailand, Venezuela, Ukraine, African countries and others. There are many countries still not represented. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in showcasing another country or unique culture.