Piedmont Virginia Community College News Release:

(Charlottesville, VA) – On Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, the Charlottesville Festival of Cultures will partner with Ten Thousand Villages to hold a community shopping event and fundraiser at the Ten Thousand Villages storefront, located at 105 West Main Street in Charlottesville.

PVCC’s Festival of Cultures is an annual community event that celebrates the area’s linguistic and cultural diversity. The day features family-friendly international music and dance performances, cultural exhibits, hands-on activities for children, artisan crafts and ethnic food for sale. The 2019 Festival will be held on Saturday, May 11, at Washington Park in downtown Charlottesville.

Ten Thousand Villages is a not-for-profit, fair trade retailer that provides a market for hand-crafted products made by people in marginalized areas of the world. Currently, Ten Thousand Villages works with more than 60,000 international artisans.

“We are so pleased to partner with Ten Thousand Villages again on this event,” said Festival Coordinator Zakira Beasley. “Like us, Ten Thousand Villages encourages people to explore cultures outside their own and to embrace the work of artisans from around the world.”

The community shopping event and fundraiser will take place between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. A portion of all sales made during that time will be donated to the festival.

The Festival of Cultures is organized by the Thomas Jefferson Adult and Career Education (TJACE) Program at PVCC with support from several community organizations and area businesses that recognize the importance of building bridges between new Americans and established residents. The event is free and open to the public. To learn more about the Festival of Cultures, visit www.festivalofcultures.org.