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Festival of Cultures Celebrates Charlottesville's Diversity

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Organizers estimate about 2,500 people attended Saturday's festival. Organizers estimate about 2,500 people attended Saturday's festival.

Thousands of people turned out on Saturday for a celebration of cultural diversity in Charlottesville.

The 10th annual Festival of Cultures featured more than 10 exhibits, dance performances, and hands-on crafts at Lee Park.

This is the first year cooking demonstrations and speakers were added to the festival. Coordinator Debbie Tuler teaches English as a second language and says the festival gives people the chance to share their cultures.

"I had people from 16 countries, 16 different languages," she said. "And I'm so aware of the diversity, but other people aren't so I just wanted to do something fun and in a fun way and respectful way help people learn and get to know each other and meet each other."

The festival was organized by the Charlottesville City Schools Adult Learning Center.

Organizers say around 250 people attended the first festival 10 years ago. They estimate 2,500 came out Saturday.

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