FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 29, 2022
International Street Festival Returning to High Street
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The International Street Festival, an annual celebration of diversity and culture, will be held on Saturday, October 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on High Street. The purpose of the festival is to appreciate the rich diversity of cultures in Morgantown through food, dance, music, art, games, and more.
As part of the festivities, High Street will be decorated with the flags of more than a hundred different nations represented at WVU and in Morgantown’s population, and will be lined with exhibitors from Africa, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Kuwait, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Spain and more. Visitors will be able to sample foods from Africa, South and Central America, Europe, India, Turkey, the Middle East, and Asia, and will be treated to music, dancing, and fashion shows throughout the day.
Music of Colombia will blend with the sounds of Appalachia during the International Street Festival. Espiral, a Colombian quartet of flutes, double bass, and piano, will perform twice on the weekend of the festival. Espiral's conductor, Jose Ramírez-Macías, is a graduate of West Virginia University.
“We’re four professional musicians passionate about our Colombian music,” said Ramírez-Macías. “Our group plays compositions from performances of the 1950s in Colombia. We aim to share our tradition and musical culture.”
Organized in conjunction by Main Street Morgantown, the Morgantown Sister Cities Commission, and the West Virginia Council of International Programs, the International Street Festival is sponsored by West Virginia University’s Offices of Global Affairs and Multicultural Programs, Graduate Education and Life, and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
To learn more about Morgantown's International Street Festival, visit Main Street Morgantown's website.