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Vibrant Pittsburgh Launches Diversity Fest

The first Global Diversity Festival begins in Pittsburgh Friday night.

The festival looks to celebrate the “vibrancy” and diversity of the Pittsburgh region through music, food and entertainment.

About 30 community organizations, including Latino and LGBT groups, will be represented at the celebration to hand out information, crafts and food.

The festival was organized by the group Vibrant Pittsburgh, which looks to ensure the city’s growth by attracting a “diversity of talent” to promote the region.

Adriana Dobrzycka, community outreach and inclusion manager for the group, said the festival will showcase the city’s numerous cultures.

“In Pittsburgh, we have many diverse communities and diverse communities are incredibly vibrant and thriving,” Dobrzycka said. “What we want to do is highlight their presence here in the region and also help them connect to the general public as well as to one another.”

Dobrzycka said the festival will cover all types of diversity issues.

“Not just culture diversity, not just ethnic diversity, but all the facets of diversity that our region has (will) showcase how we are working together to build a more inclusive and welcoming place,” Dobrzycka said.

Starting at 6 p.m. at the South Park Amphitheatre, Pittsburgh’s Global Beats will perform a variety of lounge and dance music from around the world.

Venezuelan Dance Band Los Amigos Invisibles take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Releasing its first album in 1995, the band formed in Caracas before moving to New York City in 2001. The group won a Latin Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album in 2009.

The festival is free and open to the public.

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