• • • Many Cultures, Many Gifts, One Home • • •

May 7-13, 2021

About The Festival

The Charlottesville Festival of Cultures is a space where all can meet, share in and learn about each other’s cultures. This family-friendly event is virtual this year and includes music, dance, cultural presentations and storytelling through permanent exhibits, interactive discussions and engaging performances. The event is an opportunity to build bridges of understanding between new Americans and established residents and between different cultures residing in our community.

Explore the Cultural Exhibits, Live Events and Community Collaborations offered . The Festival, now in its seventeenth year, is FREE and open to the public. Organized by the Thomas Jefferson Adult and Career Education (TJACE) Program at Piedmont Virginia Community College, the Festival is made possible through the involvement and support of many additional individuals and organizations in the community.

Explore Events

Explore everyday life and traditions in cultures from around the world.

Immerse in dialogue, music and learning.

Join organizations from around the community in the exploration of culture.

Special Thanks

Special Thanks

As our first virtual event in 17 years, the Festival of Cultures faced a daunting challenge this year. The event was only made possible with the help of a generous, caring, and dedicated group of faculty, staff, and volunteers who both celebrate our rich cultural fabric and believe in the power of understanding to connect us. You went above and beyond with good humor and abundant encouragement, and we are grateful. Thank you!


Natalie Detert, Coordinator, Charlottesville Festival of Cultures, and Instructor, TJACE at PVCC
Carol Coffey, Director, TJACE at PVCC
Heidi Gordon, Founder, Charlottesville Festival of Cultures, and ESL Instructor, TJACE at PVCC
Debbie Tuler, Founder, Charlottesville Festival of Cultures, and Lead ESL Instructor, TJACE at PVCC
Becky Payton, Adult Career Coach, TJACE at PVCC
Judy Robinson, Administrative Assistant

Instructors and Staff


John Kingsley, Web Management

John Donnelly, VP of Instruction and Student Services
Susian Brooks, Marketing and Media Relations Director
Cait Mohr, Manager of Grants Development and Administration

Kathy Verell, Grants Specialist

Sue Haas, Chief Information Officer
John Baxton, Senior Web Developer


Sara Conklin

John Bates
Zakira Beasley
Hafidha Bouzidi
Cyndy and Sam Caughron
Howie Evergreen
David Hunter
Gary Nimax
Peggy Paviour
Ron Povich
Gail South
Heather Tebbenhoff

Valerie Washington


AE&L Conference Remix: Organized by VALRC and the Virgina Department of Education, AE&L provided structure and inspiration to the TJACE Team as the Festival of Cultures went virtual this year. Thank you!

Festival Partners