Photos and story by Victoria Leuang / Contributing Writer
In celebration of various cultures and heritages, the ‘Boro International Festival allowed people of all backgrounds to lose themselves in traditional food, music and art from countries all around the world.
Co-founders of ‘Boro International Festival Tena Bailey and Linell knew they wanted to create an event honoring different cultures, and that’s just what they did, putting together a festival that represented groups from China, Laos, Africa, Panama, Thailand, Iran, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Venezuela and other countries.
“It took us three years to come where we are today,” Bailey said. “And here we are today, year two.”
Family and Community Outreach Coordinator Jolene Radnoti said the ‘Boro International Festival gives Murfreesboro an opportunity to learn and better understand cultures different from their own.
“We just need to learn about each other,” Radnoti said before suggesting that everyone, regardless of background, belongs to the human race.
The festival began with a Children’s Parade of Flags that showcased over 20 countries during a community sing-along to “We Are the World.” Here, attendees and students had the opportunity to understand and expand upon a more global worldview.
Free to the public, the family friendly event offered activities for all ages, such as origami-making and international board games. There were also live music and traditional dance performances that reflected the diversity of Murfreesboro and the world.
Cultural booths present offered a variety of exhibits and historical items to represent their respective heritages. Additionally, arts and crafts vendors provided an assortment of cultural displays, crafts, music, art and more, which attendees were able to purchase and partake in.
“One thing I think is so important about this event and the growth of this event is that it does showcase that we can live in harmony,” Bailey said. “And we belong in harmony, we belong here, together.”
‘Boro International Festival is sponsored by Murfreesboro City Schools in partnership with MTSU, Confucius Institute, International Affairs and more. The festival will return to Cannonsburgh Village next year on Oct. 20.
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