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New Rock Hill festival explores world cultures

Area residents will have the chance to explore different countries Saturday without ever leaving York County.

The city of Rock Hill's Committee on Human Relations will host its first Festival of Cultures from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Old Town Amphitheater, outside City Hall.

The purpose of the event is to showcase the different cultures and talents of residents, said committee chairwoman Chisa Putman.

The committee was formed in 1981 with the intent to promote the health, safety and general welfare of all residents, and understanding other cultures will help reach that goal, Putman said.

"We want to bring everyone together and help everyone appreciate different cultures ...," she said. "That's what we hope to accomplish with our program on Saturday."

The event will feature entertainment including African drummers, praise dancers and steppers. There also will be different types of food from Asian, Mexican and Southern cuisines.

Local vendors, including First Citizens Bank and representatives for the guardian ad litem program, will have tables set up at the event.

Everything is free.

The committee had originally planned to host such an event during the summer, but pushed it to this fall for the milder weather and to attract college students.

Putman believes the event could be bigger next year as more people learn about it.

"Rock Hill does promote diversity," she said. "We encourage everyone to come out and support the event and support the rest of Rock Hill because people are giving their time and talent to be out there."

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