Chapel Hill put its cultural diversity on display Sunday afternoon in the first-annual Near and Far Street Festival held at 140 West Plaza on Franklin Street.
Performers representing dozens of countries and heritages put on shows, played music and danced between rows of food trucks and cultural exhibits. The event was a collaboration between the town of Chapel Hill, UNC and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership.
The festival welcomed families with international games and activities for kids, and residents saw the event advertised over the past week with flags of the world hanging from utility poles all down Franklin Street.
“Near and Far is a local celebration of global culture in our community,” said Meg McGurk, executive director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. “We recognize that college towns inherently have a kind of global community, and we want to engage with that community and learn as much as we can from one another.”
UNC contributed to the event with representation from international student groups as well as the University’s wide array of global programs.