Travel the world for free at Nov. 2 Culture Fest |

Travel the world for free at Nov. 2 Culture Fest

Paintings currently hung on the main floor of Grand Junction's Central Library are part of "The Color of Dreams Art Show." Art pieces will be on display for a public reception scheduled for Friday, Nov. 1, at the library from 6-8 p.m.
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WHAT: Culture Fest 2013

WHEN: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Nov. 2

WHERE: Central Library, 5th & Grand

COST: Free


To celebrate Mesa County’s cultural diversity, Grand Junction’s Central Library will host its seventh annual Culture Fest Saturday, Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The celebration will include information on traditions, food, dancing, music and more.

“People say it’s like going around the world,” with five of seven continents being represented at the library Saturday afternoon, said Culture Fest organizer Karen Kllanxhja. “It’s one of the library’s three signature events.”

And as part of the celebration, “The Color of Dreams Art Show” will kick off tonight (Friday, Nov. 1) at the Central Library; the show will run from, 6-8 p.m. to coincide with Grand Junction’s First Friday Art Walk. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and live music by Pete Jeffries and Friends are planned.

Admission to both the art show and Culture Fest are free.

“We try to mix things up,” Kllanxhja said. “We have a lot of entertainment this year.”

Culture Fest 2013 will, in fact, host many return performers, along with new guests. Plus, tables found in the library’s upstairs area will feature history and food from various countries — China, Mexico, Columbia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Uganda, Peru, the Congo, Korea, Russia, Israel and Nicaragua, plus multiple clubs from Colorado Mesa University. There will also be a table discussing this weekend’s Day of the Dead celebration with altars and history.

Food offered will be “bite-sized tastes,” Kllanxhja noted. The festival “is so much fun. It’s noisy, and it smells great!”

Up to 2,000 attendees are expected to partake in Culture Fest, up from last year’s 1,400.

“It’s educational, art and entertainment,” Mesa County Libraries Public Information Officer Bob Kretschman added. “The whole intent is to showcase all the cultures in Mesa County and on the Western Slope.”


11 a.m. — Timothy Trujillo, Native American ceremonial singer

11:30 a.m. — Sultan’s Pride Middle Eastern Dance Troupe

Noon — Colorado Mesa University Diversity Alliances

12:30 p.m. — Mathias Mulumba on guitar and drums

1 p.m. — “Baile Folklorico El Valle Lindo,” which features traditional folk dances from Mexico

1:45 p.m. — Absolute Dance, a children’s group performing hip hop

2:15 p.m. — Tango, with Scott and Alice Betts

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