Druid Heights' multicultural fest starts tomorrow BALTIMORE CITY

October 01, 1993|By Joan Jacobson | Joan Jacobson,Staff Writer

As the result of incorrect information provided by the Drui Heights Community Development Corporation, an article on Oct. reported incorrectly that the group's cross cultural festival was funded by the Goldseker Foundation. In fact, the event was financed by the Baltimore Community Foundation.

The Sun regrets the errors.

A Trinidadian story teller will meet Korean tae kwon do performers at the city's first "celebration of cross cultural appreciation" in West Baltimore tomorrow.

The daylong celebration at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church Hall at 1210 Presstman St. is sponsored by the Druid Heights Community Development Corp. The purpose of the festival is to "look at the things we have in common as a people and take the focus off the differences about us," said Vic Frierson, community coordinator for Druid Heights.


Unlike the city's other ethnic festivals, this fair will have "no booths, nothing for sale. Everything will be free to the public," said Mr. Frierson.

The fair, to run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. is financed by the Goldseker Foundation and will include free food, entertainment and a panel discussion about cultural diversity.

The panel, beginning at 11 a.m., will have Korean, Hispanic, African-American, Filipino and East Indian community representatives.

"In a long-term sense, one of our objectives is to identify multi-ethnic groups in Baltimore and deal with the problems inherent to cultural diversity," Mr. Frierson said. "We need to find some common ground to coexist in a harmonious way and stop finger-pointing and focus on what's the same about us."

In the afternoon, entertainment will be offered by a Jamaican steel drummer, a Far East Indian dance troupe, a Blue Dragon tae kwon do demonstration, Trinidadian story tellers and dancers, an Israeli folk singer, a Greek dance group and a Latin American folklore group.

The festival is not the first time the Druid Heights Community Development Corp. has brought people from different ethnic backgrounds together. In the summer of 1991 the group sponsored a six-week course for 30 West Baltimore children to learn the Korean culture and language as part of a summer camp.

The course was financed by the Korean Businessman's League to improve relations between predominantly black West Baltimore communities and league members who operate businesses there.

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