Culturefest Hosted By University Of Maine

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ORONO, Maine. (WABI) - A daylong celebration of cultures took place on November 4th in Orono.

“We know that Maine is the whitest state in the country, so having an event that really celebrates and showcases different cultures and different nations is really critical for our community within the university but also our overall community to learn about the rest of the world."

Hundreds of folks packed the Recreation Center on the University of Maine campus Saturday.

Organizers say this family friendly event is a great way to bring folks of different backgrounds together.

"I think in this age of more and more conflict around the world it's really important to create connections with people, so person to person interactions is another form of diplomacy."

This three decade old event keeps folks coming back year after year, and part of that is the food.

"The event has really grown over the years, so this year we are featuring a food court with about 26 different tables from different countries and different student organizations."

New this year is a collaboration with the newly formed Maine Multicultural Center in Bangor.

Their main goal? To highlight the cultural diversity of greater Bangor and the important role new Mainers play in the region.

"I lived out of state and relocated here and one of the things and one of the things I really missed was cultural diversity in terms of languages, people not from here and also color."

The Maine Multicultural Center is also partnering with big brothers big sisters in Bangor to provide increased access to Culturefest.