Annual International Festival Kicks Off

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

From the clothes, to the music, to the history, the 11Th Annual Azalea International Folk Fair provided residents with a closer look at the world around them expanding their horizons and enriching their lives.

It all took place at the Rainwater Conference Center in Valdosta.

"We get to see what their life is really about, instead of just thinking about our own place, we get to see how their instruments are made and what they speak and how they're different from us and how they're similar," said Kalypso Williams.

Folks learned how different countries in Africa dance and create music, how traditional Korean women dress and the Latin Exploration.

Each poster here gives us a closer look at the different aspects of the cultures here, like this miniature statue of the Gods of the Earth which represents balance and harmony.

" It just offers you an insight into the cultures that the world has, it's just so much more out there," said Caroline Williams.

This is Caroline Williams' third year attending the fair and she says every year there is something new to learn.

"Just understanding the diversity and the different cultures of the world, we're multiracial so it's understanding our own races as well as everyone elses," said Caroline Williams.

The fair also featured the 6Th Annual World Culture Folk Dance Competition. Last year, 41 teams from 25 countries competed in it.

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  • by Abhdul Location: Tallahassee on Mar 6, 2011 at 02:11 PM
    Thats right brother Han . America is kaput. We will become a Great Nation of Foreigners !!! Adopt the Koran. and speak Mandarin.
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Mar 6, 2011 at 01:16 PM
    Everyone wants US to adopt and enjoy THEIR cultures and languages . But yet when they enter OUR Country seldom do they want to do the same. Its a 2 way street. Or The America we love and cherish ....will be gone.
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Mar 6, 2011 at 01:14 PM
    Well there Han , it is true we are an ethnically diverse Country , however that is what is killing AMERICA , everyone doesnt think of themselves as strictly American , but rather Chinese American , Latin American or otherwise. Yur either American or Not. The other thing is yes , it is good to experience and broaden your horizon a bit , but we are Americans , not citizens of the World. Period.
  • by Dr. Han Location: Florida/Georgia on Mar 5, 2011 at 05:08 PM
    Americans need badly to attend this event. We are a "melting pot" of cultures, as well as our ancestors. We as a people are EXTREMELY ignorant of other cultures. "American culture" is made up of immigrants and demands an understanding to allieviate our preducies and increace our tolerance and education. Most "Americans" are so very naive of our fellow Americans and heritage.
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