The Many Mountains Fall Festival is a student led, student planned, week-long celebration of Appalachian and Latinx cultures. Including arts, music, food, and dance, the festival celebrates Appalachian cultural diversity with a special emphasis on Latinx experiences and expressions in the region. The week will be anchored by a performance by Cornbread and Tortillas, a dynamic bilingual production that features stories, music, and dancing.
The festival is a collaboration between the Appalachian Center & Appalachian Studies Program, the Appalachian Research Community (a registered student organization), the Department of Hispanic Studies, the Latin American, Caribbean & Latino Studies Program, the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, and the Mountain Fiesta in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Other partners include the Latino Student Union, MLK Center, Kentucky State University Extension, UK Asian American Association, and the UK Bluegrass Ensemble.
Most events are free and open to the public. The cooking demonstration requires pre-registration. The salsa dance workshop requires preregistration and participants must be a UK student or have a campus recreation membership. The soccer games require pre-registration and an entry fee.
The Many Mountains Fall Festival is funded through the Vice President for Institutional Diversity's Inclusive Excellence Student Programming Grant.