A much-anticipated event celebrating the City of Sterling Heights' many cultures will take place Friday, March 1, 2019. The City of Sterling Heights and its Ethnic Community Committee will hold its 2019 Cultural Exchange from 6-10 p.m. in the Senior Center. The public is encouraged to attend this celebrated event.
The 2019 Cultural Exchange will feature a wide array of ethnic music and dance, cuisine from City restaurateurs and educational cultural displays from area groups and retailers. Cultures represented will include African-American, Bulgarian, Chaldean, Filipino, German, Indian, Italian, Macedonian, Polish, Scottish, Slovakian, Turkish and more. A minimum suggested donation of $1 is requested. Last year's event drew nearly 1,000 people.
A free shuttle will be provided from Dodge Park to the Senior Center (40200 Utica Road) for Cultural Exchange attendees.
Businesses interested in becoming a sponsor, restauranteurs who would like to donate samples of ethnic dishes and dance troupes and entertainment groups interested in performing are encouraged to call Community Relations at (586) 446-2489.
"The evening is really a great chance for people of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds to celebrate their similarities more than their differences," said Ike Cabase, chairman of the Ethnic Community Committee. "We are looking forward to participation from all the different nationalities in Sterling Heights and surrounding areas."
The 11-member Sterling Heights Ethnic Community Committee was formed in 1990. Its goals include developing understanding and improving the communication among diverse races and ethnic groups in the City.
The Cultural Exchange would not be possible without the help and support from community donors like Blue Cross, Michigan Schools & Gov. Credit Union, Utica Community Schools, Right to Life, IONA, NaFFAA, Memorial Signing Choir, Shannon Irish Dance Company, Anton Art Center, and Douglas & Jazmine Early.