PIPESTEM — Music and art enthusiasts are gearing up for the 16th annual Culturefest World Music and Arts Festival.

At the annual event, experiences of artisan vendors, healing arts, and more, will offer guests a thrilling experience. At the weekend event, artisans from across the goal will converge to enjoy the blending of cultures.

“Artisans will vend their wares from handmade clothing to jewelry to fine art and more,” Culturefest director, Lori McKinney, said in a release, “The goal of the festival is to promote unity and respect for diversity and bring people together through music and the arts in a beautiful mountain setting.”

With the mixing of cultures also comes the mixing of musical genres. Performers of the 2019 Culturefest include the playing of steel pans, didgeridoo, shamisen, and banjoes. The plethora and variety of live music will offer guests the indulgence of other cultures.

The festival doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. According to a release from McKinney, fire spinners will thrill guests during the night time hours to, “Light up the night.” Fire dancers will also be in attendance to showcase their electrifying acts.

Other activities at the annual festival include workshops such as nature lectures, yoga, drumming sessions, and meditation. Workshops and activities at the festival are welcome to all ages according to the Culturefest website.

To specifically engage the children attending the festival activities such as a children’s costume parade will take place. The parade, according to the website, is lead by a “Fairy on stilts.” Other activities targetted towards children include a children’s village which will offer crafts, yoga classes, magic performances, and more.

To experience the full atmosphere of the event guests are welcome to camp on-site or stay at the closely located Pipestem State Park. At the festival, a plethora of food and drink ill be available including specialty teas, vegetarian meals, Mexican cuisine and more.

Those interested in attending the annual event may purchase tickets at the event gate or online at www.culturefestwv.com. Ticket costs vary from day to day: Friday costs $20, Saturday costs $25, and Sunday costs $15. Children five and under enter free of charge.

Weekend passes, that cover all the festival events and camping fees, costs $50. Single-day tickets do not include the price for camping, according to the release.

For more information on Culturefest visit them online at https://culturefestwv.com/home.

Contact Emily D. Coppola at ecoppola@bdtonline.com

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