Ozarks Tonight: CultureFest Coming to Springfield


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – In this Ozarks Tonight, Jenifer Abreu talks to Saehee Duran about CultureFest, a new event planned for Springfield on Sept. 14, 2019, on Commercial Street. 

Still in its planning stages, CultureFest promises to bring together and celebrate the different cultures and ethnicities of those who live in Springfield. Duran describes it as an event for “all nations and generations.” 

Duran is a lead pastor at Life360 Intercultural Campus and the Springfield Police chaplain.

This is will be the very first city-wide CultureFest. The goal, Saehee says, is to showcase rich ethnic diversity through local restaurants, businesses, organizations and talents, so that locals can experience the world right in the backyard.

Duran says she hopes this event will positively change the narrative of ethnic diversity in Springfield. 

Groups involved so far include: Grupo Latino Americano, Korean Association, Hmong Association, NAACP, Minorities in Business, International Institute of Southwest Missouri, the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Springfield, and restaurant owners of Cafe Cusco and Van Gogh.

For updates on the event, you can find it on Facebook.

Duran says she is still considering sponsors.  To volunteer or to sponsor, you can contact  SGFCultureFest@gmail.com 

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