August 20, 2013 | Vol. 74 No. 4

First Hilltop Cultural Festival at Transverse Park a success

The Hilltop Culture Festival, held last week on August 10 at Transverse Park in Mount Oliver, was an overwhelming success.

Ashley Douglas teaches members of the Bhutanese community Masala Bhangra along with hip hop dancing at the Hilltop Cultural Festival held at Transverse Park in Mount Oliver. Also at the festival, the Bhutanese dancers and musicians performed live music and the songs from the biggest festivals of their culture that come during the months of September and October.

The event was an opportunity for Bhutanese residents of the Hilltop to show off some of their cultural dances, food and music, and to enjoy traditional American picnic food and fun. The event included a bounce house, a magician, face painting, henna tattoos, and lots of dancing and activities provided by the Hilltop Computer Center (YMCA), the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Knoxville, the Bhutanese Community Association and several other community service providers.

Everyone in attendance had an opportunity to play, laugh, eat and celebrate the unique families that make up the Hilltop community. The evening ended with a high energy dance party, with DJ Patrice spinning the tunes and kids creating costumes from glow bracelets and necklaces.

Khara Timsina from the Bhutanese Community Association summed it up saying, “To me it was a success as everyone seemed to enjoy the whole afternoon, including me”.

Representatives from the Hilltop Computer Center, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and the Bhutanese Community Association along with other sponsors including the Mount Oliver Borough, have all agreed to make The Hilltop Culture Festival an annual family event.

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