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Annual Owensboro Multicultural Festival Moving Forward, But Will Be Online Only

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The pandemic has forced the cancellation of countless arts and cultural events throughout the region.

One event that’s persevering is the annual Owensboro Multicultural Festival—although it’s going to look radically different this weekend.

The festival will be online only, with all events streamed Saturday through the festival’s Facebook page.

Festival Committee Chair Debbie McCoy said Owensboro is home to people from many different backgrounds, due in part to the local refugee resettlement center. She hopes the digital festival promotes understanding of local refugees and immigrants.

“It’s not a matter of them fitting in, it’s a matter of them being able to flourish in whatever way they feel is important,” said McCoy.

The festival will feature music video performances by local artists, a virtual choir, and a live-streamed world music DJ set. Cooking demonstrations will also be a part of the digital celebration.

McCoy said while she’ll miss the face-to-face interactions that usually happen during the event, the online version can also create important connections in the community.

“There needs to be a conversation between the different factions, because there’s a lot of misinformation out there, and a lot of preconceived notions.”

The festival kicks off online Saturday at 10 a.m.

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio. He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition.
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