Pellissippi State hosts Fifth Annual International Festival of Cultures April 13

The Fifth Annual International Festival of Cultures at Pellissippi State Community College features an eclectic sampling of food, music and culture from around the globe.

The celebration is scheduled 4-9:30 p.m. on April 13 in the Goins Building College Center on the Hardin Valley Campus. The public is invited to attend the free event.

The entertainment includes Café Brasil, a local Brazilian band led by Pellissippi State music instructor Larry Vincent, and Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Thunder, a bluegrass band.

Atlanta’s Miyagi Ryu Okinawa Dance Group performs traditional Japanese dances, and Kingsport-based Blue Hawaii Entertainment demonstrates authentic Hawaiian and Polynesian dances. In addition, the Broadway Academy of Performing Arts in Knoxville and BAPA master dance teacher Greg Carney present hip-hop and line dancing.

There will be booths and exhibits that showcase international art, clothes, and artifacts by Pellissippi State’s international students.

The list of international food runs the gamut: Australian drunk chicken, Brazilian collards, West African benachin, Irish báirín breac, Ethiopian sambussa, Spanish paella, Middle Eastern tabbouleh, German bratwursts, white beans and cabbage, Indian Gobi chana masala, Mexican empanada, Thai shrimp red curry, Korean beef bulgogi, and Poland’s chlebek truskawkowy.

For more information about this event, contact (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or