Festival highlights Tuscaloosa’s sister cities, international culture

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Kennedy Chase

The Tuscaloosa Heritage Festival over the weekend offered locals a look at international culture and learning in a welcoming environment.

It was an afternoon full of live music, international cuisine and performances highlighting artforms from all over the world.

The fifth annual Tuscaloosa Heritage Festival, hosted by the West Alabama Multicultural Alliance, took place at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center Sunday afternoon.

This year’s theme? Celebrating Tuscaloosa’s Sister Cities and sharing Tuscaloosa’s global impact on the community.

Sister Cities International Tuscaloosa Executive Director Lisa Keyes said events like these are monumental for their communities.

“Not only does it bring people together, but it’s a way for them to learn about their peers, learn about their history, learn about Tuscaloosa’s place in the world,” said Keyes.

Tuscaloosa’s Sister Cities include Schorndorf, Germany, Sunyani-Techiman, Ghana, and Narashino, Japan.

Each country and organization represented at the Tuscaloosa Heritage Festival has one goal in common: Ensuring everyone who attended left knows how important learning about other cultures really is.

West Alabama Multicultural Alliance President Samyra Snoddy said she wants her community to embrace other cultures.

“We want our community to grow to embrace others and embrace other cultures, because the more we know the more learn, and the more we learn the more we can love,” said Snoddy.

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