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New festival hopes to teach locals about Ethiopia | Grand Forks Herald

New festival hopes to teach locals about Ethiopia | Grand Forks Herald

New festival hopes to teach locals about Ethiopia

A new festival hopes to blend American and Ethiopian cultures and also teach people in Grand Forks about the similarities between the two countries

The Ethio-American Cultural Festival and Exhibition will be held Sunday, Sept. 9 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Town Square in Grand Forks. The festival will feature cultural food from Ethiopia, including organic and gluten-free options. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for students and $2 for children.

Tadesse Urga, one of the organizers of the festival, said the United States and Ethiopia have deep cultures and ties.

In addition to the food, artwork from both Ethiopia and the Dakotas will be shared to highlight the differences and similarities between the two places.

While there isn’t a large number of Ethiopians living in Grand Forks, Urga said Grand Forks is at the center of many cities where there is a strong number of people from the African country.

There are many Ethiopians living in Minneapolis and parts of South Dakota, as well as just two hours north in Winnipeg, Canada.

“Sharing with each other, knowing each other, that is the main purpose (of this festival),” he said.

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