Gaston County, Gastonia celebrate multicultural community with art

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Gaston County and Gastonia will team up on Saturday March 26 to celebrate the different cultures and backgrounds of the people who live here.

The Gaston Multicultural Art Experience, or Gaston MAX, will take place from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, March 26 at the Rotary Pavilion in downtown Gastonia.

The event will highlight the different cultures that make up Gaston County, said Dandria Bradley, the county’s assistant director of communications and one of the event organizers.

“People come to live in Gaston County because they want to experience the tradition we have of caring for each other,” Bradley said.

The event will celebrate the many cultures present in Gaston County through food, art showcases, performances, live music and more.

Bradley says she’s always dreamed of hosting a literary arts festival for the community since she was a program coordinator for Gaston County Public Libraries.

“Once I moved into my current role in 2019, I learned that Christine (Ingle) and Mayor (Walker) Reid wanted to do something similar, so Christine and I co-founded Gaston MAX,” Bradley said. . Ingle works as the town’s event planner.

Gaston MAX provides an opportunity for the county to celebrate its growing cultures, Bradley says.

The event will feature food and drink vendors like Central European food truck Strudelteig, vegan Taza Foods, A Taste of Hawaii, Ethiopian food truck Mogogo Eatery and more.

Performances include a French mime, henna art by Naseera Fazil of Cabarrus County, an origami workshop booth, African drumming demonstrations and more.

Other visual and cultural arts booths include custom creations from Peddlers Farmhouse Designs LLC, jewelry from Keya’s Splash of Kuteness and more.

The Gaston County Public Health Department will also be on hand to offer free vaccinations to those interested.

“Given where we are as a society as a nation, I think we need something like this,” Bradley said. “For many years we have focused negatively on our differences when our differences make us all special.”

Bradley hopes the event will bring people together and allow members of the community to have fun with each other.

“I really liked meeting more artists from the region by collaborating with Dandria,” said Ingle, the town’s event organizer. “We want to grow every year with this event and this is just the beginning.”

Ingle says she is excited to sample different foods not normally found in Gaston County.

Contact Janiya Winchester at 704-869-1842 or [email protected]

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