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West Essex YMCA Gears Up for Sixth Annual Livingston Diversity Festival


LIVINGSTON, NJ — International music and dance performances, an international fashion show and food samples from around the world will be some of the highlights at the sixth annual Livingston Diversity Festival on Sunday, May 21 at the West Essex YMCA.

From 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the lawn, more than 25 international performances of dance and song acts from Europe, South America, Asia, the Middle East and the USA will entertain guests as they visit more than 30 tables representing countries from around the world, and diverse groups from throughout the township. Free food samples and children’s activities will also be available throughout the day.

According to Cheryl Francione, Associate Executive Director at the West Essex Y, more than 1,000 people attended last year’s event, and it has become a township-wide favorite that area residents look forward to each year. She said the event represents Livingston’s diversity at its best.

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“The festival is such a beautiful expression of our community’s diversity,” said Francione. “We get to learn about each other, sample foods from around the world, and enjoy international entertainment. It’s an event that the entire family can enjoy, and the best part is that it’s all free.”

This event is free and open to all residents of Livingston and surrounding areas. The show will go on rain or shine.

The YMCA, in partnership with the Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (LCDI), encourages area residents to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about other cultures as well as take pride in their own heritage while enjoying time with family and friends.

“The festival is all about acknowledging what makes us unique and at the same time celebrating what we share in common,” said Susan Berkenbush, co-chair of the LCDI. “Livingston's population is increasingly diverse, and this event gives us the opportunity to come together as neighbors and learn about each other in a fun, friendly setting.”

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Cheryl Francione at or Susan Berkenbush at

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