VPM PBS to participate in Harrisonburg International Festival on Sept. 28
Local PBS station will sponsor an entertainment stage, offer children’s activities, and collect and record community interviews for VPM’s “Resettled” podcast series about the refugee resettlement process.
Harrisonburg, Va. - International flavors and flair will be on full display at the Harrisonburg International Festival on Sat., Sept. 28 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Harrisonburg. For the first time, VPM PBS, formerly known in the region as WVPT, will be in attendance.
As sponsor of the VPM Stage at Asbury United Methodist Church, VPM will introduce performers representing cultural traditions from around the world.
The station will also host a PBS KIDS booth at the Worlds of Play children’s area where youngsters can participate in family-friendly activities, celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of “Sesame Street” and meet PBS KIDS character Luna, star of “Let’s Go Luna!," a new animated series that explores diverse cultures through the whimsical adventures of Luna the moon and her animal friends.
In addition, producers from VPM will be near the VPM Stage collecting interviews for possible inclusion in VPM’s upcoming podcast series “Resettled” about the refugee resettlement process.
"As part of the podcast, we are recording local stories about movement and change,” said “Resettled” producer Angela Massino. “How do new community members adjust to a new culture? How do you preserve your cultural traditions? In what ways do you share those traditions with others? These stories, which make up the fabric of our community, especially in such a diverse city as Harrisonburg, are central to the theme of ‘Resettled.’ We hope friends will stop by during the festival to share their stories.”
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VPM is the largest locally owned and operated public media company in Central Virginia. As Virginia’s home for public media, VPM provides the best of PBS and NPR programming coupled with a strong set of community-based programs and services designed to make an important impact in the areas of arts, news, history, science and education. Each week, the stations in Richmond, Charlottesville and Harrisonburg are accessible to nearly 2 million people across Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.
VPM includes public television stations VPM PBS, VPM Plus, VPM PBS KIDS, lifestyle channel VPM Create and international program channel VPM Worldview.
VPM also includes Richmond public radio stations VPM News (88.9 FM) and VPM Music (107.3 FM, 93.1 FM and 88.9-HD2). In the Northern Neck (89.1 FM) and Southside Virginia (90.1 FM), listeners receive a combination of the news and music stations.
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