Submitted by Marilou Barsam for the Bedford Embraces Diversity Committee

Bedford-Embraces-Diversity_The Bedford Embraces Diversity committee has announced Sunday, April 12, 2015 as the date for the first Bedford Multicultural Festival. The festival will take place at Bedford High School and will include storytelling, panel discussions, crafts, musical performances, dancing, and delicious ethnic foods.

A keynote speaker, a moderated panel discussion, a Parade of Flags, ethnic dance performances and dance participation will be part of the day’s program, with activities for ages 4 to 94.

Members of Bedford Embraces Diversity, with their Bedford Day quilt. Standing: Erin McCormack, Erin McCormack, Ellis Kriesberg, Marilou Barsam Seated: Valerie Rushanan - Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

Members of Bedford Embraces Diversity, with their Bedford Day quilt. Standing: Erin McCormack, Erin McCormack, Ellis Kriesberg, Marilou Barsam Seated: Valerie Rushanan – Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

The Bedford Embraces Diversity committee participated in Bedford Day last September, creating a community Diversity Quilt that was displayed for six weeks at the Bedford Public Library.

“Bedford residents have been incredibly supportive of all our efforts to date” said Marilou Barsam, Chair, Bedford Embraces Diversity. “We believe that the Bedford Multicultural Festival will become as popular as Bedford Day, attracting families eager to immerse themselves in a cultural cornucopia—both entertaining and educational.”

Residents, students, businesses, and performing artists can contribute through sponsorship, food service, performing, or volunteering at the event. Those interested in participating should contact barsammarilou@gmail.com.

About Bedford Embraces Diversity

Bedford Embraces Diversity’s mission is to educate the Bedford community about the diverse groups that make up its complexion and population as well as to celebrate the differences these cultures bring to our community. Echoing the values of the our community, the organization strongly advocates for the respectful treatment of every Bedford resident, student and employee, and denounces all acts of bullying, hate and violence towards any individual or group with differences such as racial, religious, cultural, military, or LGBT status.

More information is available at www.bedfordembracesdiversity.com  and https://www.facebook.com/bedfordembracesdiversity .

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