World Culture Celebrated through Music and Culinary Arts in the Berkshires this Weekend

Celebrate World Cultures through Music & Culinary Arts at the Ethnic Fair in Pittsfield, MA
Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Celebrate the many cultures and traditions that make Pittsfield and the Berkshires so vibrant at this year’s Pittsfield Ethnic Fair, a community tradition scheduled for Sunday, August 5th from noon to 6pm. This free family-friendly outdoor street festival will be held on the first block of South Street between Park Square and Housatonic Street, rain or shine. – Food from around the world will be served by local vendors, including Italian, Indian, Irish, Mexican, German, Malaysian, amongh others.

Celebrate world cultures at the annual Pittsfield Ethnic Fair this weekend!  Held on South Street in the heart of downtown Pittsfield, the fair features music, food, performances, and more!

Begin the day at an opening ceremony featuring Scottish bag pipers, learn about klezmer music while watching Klezamir perform, transport your mind to Italy at Bell Acosto’s concert, and see dance troupes (made up of dancers of all ages) perform traditional dances from all around the world.

For lunch, try German sausages with Malaysian spring rolls on the side, Italian chicken cacciatore and a traditional Indian mango lassi, or corned beef sliders straight from Ireland!  There will also be vendors, sharing goods from all around the world!

The event is a chance for families to learn about world cultures through music and food, and also to learn about their community – many of the groups performing are local, and the delicious foods available are provided by local groups and restaurants.  Families can learn together about a culture (Irish, Italian, German, Malaysian, etc.!), then discover about how it is present in their community.  Supplement studies of immigration and world cultures by visiting the ethnic fair!

This free event takes place from 12noon-5pm on Sunday, August 5th.  For more information, visit

Enjoy the Brazilian rhythms of Bossa Triba, traditional Italian ‘piazza’ music by Bell ‘Accordo, salsa from Bronte Roman and El Grupo Caliente, traditional Irish tunes from Rakish Paddy, world music from HuDost, klezmer with Klezimir, and original African songs by Appollo Nzima on two different stages at the Pittsfield Ethnic Fair this Sunday!

Want to explore world cultures at home? Music and food are a great way to introduce different cultures to your kids! Here’s a suggested list of music and cookbooks to get you started:



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