Celebrating Diversity

By Jeff Eason (eason@mountaintimes.com)

Article Published: Apr. 4, 2013 | Modified: Apr. 10, 2013
Celebrating Diversity

Appalachian State University's Gospel Choir will perform as part of the 12th annual Diversity Celebration.
Photos submitted

One place where “town” truly meets “gown” is at Appalachian State University’s annual Diversity Celebration.

It’s a place where local acts, such as cloggers, bluegrass musicians and mountain storytellers, can rub shoulders with performers from across the world.

The 12th annual Diversity Celebration will be held at ASU’s Plemmons Student Union from 3 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9. It is free and open to the public.

One feature of the Diversity Celebration is the 16th annual Unity Festival. This year, the festival will offer a treasure trove of hands-on activities, inviting children, families and lifelong learners to explore the world through painting, drawing, weaving, storytelling and a host of other games, crafts and activities.

The Diversity Celebration also includes a People of the Planet Soccer Tournament Sunday, April 7, at the Watauga High School turf fields.


Performers at the 2013 ASU Diversity Celebration include the Grandfather Mountain Highlanders Pipe Band, Boone Scottish Country Dancers, Mariachi Mexico 2000, Carolina Klezmer Project, Barn Jazz, Eya! Afrolachian Drum and Dance, the Lost Jewels of Ghawazee (belly dance troupe), Entropy Dance Crew, Hip Hop Oasis H2O, Connie Woolard (Celtic music), Rick Ward (old time banjo music), Blue Ridge Kung Fu Arnis Academy, App Ki Bhangra (Middle East and Asian dancing), the ASU Gospel Choir, Alma de Candela (Latin jazz and Caribbean folk music), Davidson River Taiko, the Dollar Brothers (bluegrass), Sons of Bluegrass, and the Elkland Art Center.

Foods of the World

The Diversity Celebration Foods of the World menu will be catered by ASU Food Services, offering a large assortment of many culturally diverse menu items to sample.

Last year’s event included culinary items, such as Middle Eastern falafel, Caribbean jerk chicken, Latin American tostones and African lemonade.

This year’s Foods of the World menu consists of arancini (Sicilian rice balls coated with bread crumbs), Latin American cassava chips, Eastern European chocolate babka, Hawaiian huli huli chicken, soo jong gwua (a Korean punch or tea made from persimmons, ginger and cinnamon) and French tapenade crostini (spread made from black olives, olive oil and caper berries).

For more information, visit http://celebration.appstate.edu, or call (828) 262-6252 or (828) 262-8116.


Community members and visiting families who park in the Rivers Street Parking Deck may request a free parking pass at the celebration.

Other free parking is available after 3 p.m. in the Rivers Street bike lanes and in the College Street Parking Deck, and elsewhere on campus after 5 p.m. An ASU shuttle van will make runs every half hour between 2:30 and 9 p.m. from the Stadium Lot to Plemmons Student Union. Limited parking will be available in the Stadium Lot, beginning in late afternoon. Procedures for bringing groups of students are available at http://celebration.appstate.edu/about/school-youth-groups.

Additional Images

Appalachian State University's Gospel Choir will perform as part of the 12th annual Diversity Celebration.
Photos submitted

The Grandfather Mountain Highlanders Pipe Band will bring the sounds of Scotland to ASU for the 12th annual Diversity Celebration.

Connie Woolard will perform Celtic music for this year’s celebration.

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