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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