Inaugural Global Diversity Fest at South Park This Friday, August 9

PITTSBURGH – Through a unique partnership, Allegheny County and Vibrant Pittsburgh will present the first-ever Global Diversity Fest on Friday at the South Park Amphitheatre beginning at 6:00 p.m. The inaugural Global Diversity Fest is a celebration of the vibrancy and diversity of our region.

“The Global Diversity Fest is an extraordinary opportunity to bring together the region’s diverse community groups and build a network of cross cultural interaction,” said Melanie Harrington, CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh. “We thank Allegheny County for its leadership and partnership in helping to grow a more diverse and inclusive region.”

Beginning at 6:00 p.m., Carla Andrea Leininger, President of Global Beats, will be providing music to go along with the food, crafts and information from the county’s diverse communities, organizations and employment groups. Global Beats is the leading producer of global music events in Pittsburgh. Created to foster multicultural exchanges and to be an agent of social change, Global Beats promotes that goal through the sounds and fusion of world music. The show will feature lounge and dance music from around the world, and will offer both traditional and underground hot blends of world dance and lounge rhythms. 

At 7:30 p.m., Venezuelan Dance Band Los Amigos Invisibles will perform. The band released its first album in 1995. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, the group moved to New York in 2001. Its sound is based on the gozadera, a fusion of Latin rhythms with fiery funk and lounge music. Recent work in the dance music scene includes collaborations with artists from Louie Vega (Masters at Work) to Dimitri from Paris. Los Amigos Invisibles has received several Grammy nominations and has made numerous television appearances, including on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The group is the 2009 Latin Grammy winner for Best Alternative Music Album.

The Global Diversity Fest reflects Vibrant Pittsburgh’s mission and community efforts, and Allegheny County’s interest in providing something for everyone during its summer concert series.  Vibrant Pittsburgh is creating welcoming communities, showcasing the diversity of talent in the region, growing visibility, and helping to facilitate connections between diverse communities, newcomers and the general public.  Allegheny County is proud to partner with Vibrant Pittsburgh in this effort. 

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