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Festival of Cultures Focuses on MT Youth

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Montanans had an opportunity to explore different cultures Sunday at the Rocky Mountain College Festival of Cultures. Organizers say it's a chance to focus on our global community and introduce children to various cultures.

"It's emphasis on what we have in common and why it's unique," says Cindy Kunz who coordinated the festival.

Kunz has been a part of the celebration for many years and believes it's important to bring the community together and focus on Montana's youth.

"I believe it was Gandhi who said if you're going to have peace in the world you have to begin with children, and that's the premise for all of this," says Kunz.

Kunz says many of the activities involve other cultures by introducing children to the diversity we lack here in Montana.

"It's really fun, you know. Getting to know about the kids, talking to all these kids, trying to touch my skin and see what kind of a skin is this, and how unique it is," says Noah Kibrono, an international student at Rocky Mountain College.

"Our whole focus is to let Montana's children feel the same comfort level that kids in Chicago feel, or New York City," says Kunz.

Organizers want this to be an opportunity for our youth to learn and become comfortable with other cultures.

"I learn from the kids that you know, all though we are from different parts of the world, we still share the same common identity. We still have different cultures but these cultures come together and you know, collides together and becomes one thing," says Kibrono.

Brett Hilde is a student at Rocky. He says, "I come from a small town and you know, everyone is kind of the same in a small town. And then you come to Rocky, go to school here, and you meet people from all over the place and it gives you a chance to learn a little bit more about some of the areas they're from."

Organizers say this year's Festival of Cultures marks the 20th anniversary for the event, which is hosted by the Rocky Mountain College Institute for Peace Studies.

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