The Multicultural Festival is a collaboration between the YWCA Wheeling and the Ohio Valley Black Heritage Festival Committee. Our two organizations have joined together to create a family-friendly, outdoor event that brings together people from all backgrounds, races, nationalities, religions and ethnicities. The Multicultural Festival is a synthesis of the YWCA’s Multicultural Festival and the Ohio Valley Black Heritage Festival. We will be highlighting the cultural diversity of our community through music, dance, art, storytelling and more. Everyone can enjoy great food from different cultures, information on our sponsors and organizations that promote cultural diversity, along with arts & crafts that represent various cultures.
The inaugural Ohio Valley Black Heritage Festival Weekend was Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, 2009, at the Heritage Port Amphitheater in downtown Wheeling, West Virginia. The festival superseded the African-American Jubilee, which had been an annual local celebration of black culture for a number of years during the last full weekend of June.
The Ohio Valley Black Heritage Festival educated the youth and instilled pride in the accomplishments of both their ancestors but the accomplishments of today’s generations. The Ohio Valley Black Heritage Festival fostered an atmosphere that brought together people of all nationalities and ages from the tri-state area. With this in mind, a rib cook-off competition was developed during the second year, enabling the Ohio Valley Black Heritage Festival Committee to expand to a three-day weekend celebration.
The YWCA Wheeling held the inaugural Multicultural Festival in October 2012. The festival focused on a carnival theme that featured games from around the world, multicultural entertainment, and informational booths to educate and display the different cultures that make up the Ohio Valley.
The YWCA Wheeling has been a prominent part of the Northern Panhandle since 1906. With more than 25 million members in 122 countries, the YWCA is the oldest and largest women’s organization in the world designed to empower women and eliminate racism. Located in the heart of downtown Wheeling, at 1100 Chapline Street, the YWCA Wheeling seeks to positively impact the local community and the region, while eliminating racism and empowering women.
Please visit the YWCA Wheeling at ywcawheeling.org
Please visit the Ohio Valley Black Heritage Festival at ovblackheritage.org
The organization shall organize an annual festival to highlight the many diverse cultures in our communities and to recognize common traditions. All efforts shall be made to schedule the festival during the last full weekend in June each year.
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