HiFest adds residents’ stories to music, dance, food

Apr. 26, 2013 @ 01:19 AM

HiFest, the city’s twice-yearly festival to display and promote multi-culturalism, will be held Saturday at Mendenhall Transportation Terminal.
This year, for the first time, festivalgoers may become part of the program by telling their stories, and the Interfaith Affairs Committee of High Point sponsors a gathering before the festival.
The festival, in its sixth year, is organized by the city’s Human Relations Commssion with the aim of bringing people of varying cultures together and to offer information on issues and services that affect their daily lives. Issues encompass fair, safe and affordable housing and education. Staffed information booths provide help with city services available and human/health services.
Music, dance, vendors and food offer a look at different cultures present in High Point.
This year, those who attend will have the opportunity to give oral or visual presentations on the cultures they represent and how their families came to live in High Point. The project is in conjunction with UNC Institute for the Study of the Americas, which is co-host of the festival this year.
Those presentations will be recorded by local high school students as part of a project for the Building Integrated Communities Initiative, with the aim of preserving stories of migrant, immigrant and non-immigrant families living here.
The Human Relations Commission issued invitations for people to speak, and others may call to schedule a time. (Call Ester Boss at 883-3124 or send email to ester.boss@hpnc.gov.)
Before the festival begins Saturday, Interfaith Affairs Committee, which is part of the Human Relations Commission, will host a brunch gathering designed as a meet-and-greet and an opportunity for people of different faiths and origins to get to know each other, according to the Rev. Sara Palmer, assistant rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and a member of Interfaith Affairs Committee.
The committee, less than a year old, was formed to promote cultural and religious understanding by bringing people of diverse backgrounds together.
“We hope people will see the Interfaith Affairs Committee as enjoying, supporting and connecting with each other, which will foster good will,” Palmer said.
The committee, which meets once a month, has 12-25 members who represent faiths that include Jewish, Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Catholic, Baptist, United Methodist, Muslim, Sikh, United Church of Christ, Episcopal and Presbyterian beliefs.
“We want to represent more,” Palmer said.

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Want to go?

What: HiFest
When: noon-5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Mendenhall Transportation Terminal, 220 E. Commerce Ave.
Admission: Free
Noon — Opening events
12:15 p.m. — Dhan Gurung
12:45 p.m. - “Los Viejitos” Old Men Dance        
1 p.m. — The Point College Prep
1:15 p.m. — Los Viejito’s Dance of the Deer
2 p.m. — Damali Bacchus    
2:15 p.m. — Ballet Folkorico    
2:30 p.m. —Three Graces
3 p.m. — Ballet Folkorico
3:15 p.m. — Africa Unplugged
3:45 p.m. — Morning Glory
4 p.m. —Triad Nepales Community
4:14 p.m. — Reid 360
4:30 p.m. — Divided by Four

Also on the schedule: The Lost Boys and Girls of the Sudan, displays of multicultural talent from Guilford County Schools students in grades kindergarten-four