4Cs Expands Multicultural Festival to Cape Cod Arts & Culture Expo

WEST BARNSTABLE – Cape Cod Community College’s Multicultural Festival is expanding to become the Cape Cod Arts & Culture Expo.

The event, which had been held in March, will now be held in September for its 17th year.

The expo on September 16 showcases the histories, lifestyles and cultures of people from around the world who call Cape Cod their home.

“This is not just multicultural but, in fact, some of it will actually be Cape Cod focused because certainly we are Cape Cod’s community college as well,” said Michael Gross, a college spokesman.

Like in previous years, the event features an International Marketplace and Exhibitor Area, along with performances in the Tilden Arts Center. This year will also see the utilization of outdoor spaces for attendees to experience while walking around campus.

“They’ll be a number of new exhibitors, new things that people will see from organizations that are involved in culture and the arts,” Gross said.

Gross said the event will probably be the largest held on campus since the inception of the festival.

The event started out of Barnstable High School and quickly outgrew the facility. It then moved to the Community College where it has been held the last 15 years.

“We expanded it. We grew it. It went from just having a few entertainers on our Tilden Arts Center stage to filling our Grossman Commons with displays plus all of the enterainers and brought in food trucks,” Gross said. “It kept expanding and growing and expanding and growing to the point where it really outgrew itself for the March timeframe.”

A partial list of entertainers, cultures and exhibitors can be found at www.capecod.edu/culture.

Several events will also be held leading up to the expo, including the Annual Interfaith Service on Tuesday, September 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cape Cod Synagogue, An Evening of Global Dance on Wednesday, September 13 at the Tilden Arts Center and a Singer Songwriter Spotlight and Jam Session Friday, September 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Tilden Arts Center.

Author John Whelan and photographer Kim Roderiques will host an evening of stories from the 100 indivudals who appear in the book “I am Cape Cod.” That event is Thursday, September 14 at 7 p.m. in the Tilden Arts Center.

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