Submitted by Bedford Embraces Diversity

The Multicultural Festival sponsored for the last three years by Bedford Embraces Diversity will be absorbed into Bedford Day activities in September 2018.

Bedford Embraces Diversity recently successfully approached town officials and proposed the merger. The arrangement has been endorsed by the selectmen.

The festival has been popular and well-received, but organizers hope the new configuration will increase the audience exponentially without compromising the multicultural event’s identity and importance.

Bedford Embraces Diversity, a grass-roots organization, formed four years ago in response to episodes of anti-Semitism in the community.

The Bedford Multicultural Festival, featuring a parade of flags, ethnic foods, and heritage tables, and performing arts, has been the most visible of several annual activities. The first two festivals took place inside the high school — one included a keynote speaker and an educational component. The 2017 event took place on the grounds around Town Center.

Town Manager Rick Reed and Recreation Director Amy Hamilton were enthusiastic about combining forces, especially since one outcome is expected to be a lineup of musicians, dancers and other ethnic performers and groups. The parade will also be enhanced by the flags and the many cultures they represent.

The diversity organization, for its part, will be able to redirect resources used for marketing the spring festival.

For more information, write to bedfordembracesdiversity@gmail.com or call Mike Rosenberg (781-983-1763).

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