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  • Photos by Katie Fyfe | The Journal Gazette Members of the Fort Wayne Chinese Families & Friends Association perform during RiverDrums at the Allen County Public Library.

  • Katie Fyfe | The Journal Gazette The Fort Wayne Chinese Families & Friends Association performs during River Drums at the Allen County Main Library Theater on Saturday, June 15th, 2019.

  • Katie Fyfe | The Journal Gazette The Fort Wayne Chinese Families & Friends Association performs during River Drums at the Allen County Main Library Theater on Saturday, June 15th, 2019.

  • Katie Fyfe | The Journal Gazette The Fort Wayne Chinese Families & Friends Association performs during River Drums at the Allen County Main Library Theater on Saturday, June 15th, 2019.

  • Katie Fyfe | The Journal Gazette Ginger Karns educates the audience with the flute and spoken word from Miami culture during River Drums at the Allen County Main Library Theater on Saturday, June 15th, 2019.

  • Ginger Karns uses the flute and spoken word from Miami culture during RiverDrums on Saturday.

  • Katie Fyfe | The Journal Gazette The Fort Wayne Chinese Families & Friends Association performs during River Drums at the Allen County Main Library Theater on Saturday, June 15th, 2019.

Sunday, June 16, 2019 1:00 am

RiverDrums highlights city's cultural diversity

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Debera and John Price had other plans Saturday but were happy with where they ended up. 

“We would be having a garage sale today,” John said as he sat with his wife in the downstairs theater at the Allen County Public Library.

Instead, the Prices – they'll celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary today – were at the library for RiverDrums 2019, an event celebrating Fort Wayne's rivers and cultural diversity. 

“We were excited about this today,” Debera said. “We like the music.”

And there was plenty of it. 

The event began with a welcome from Fernando Zapari, publisher of the El Mexicano newspaper, and moved into more than three hours of performances. Attendees saw a video of Kayla Godfroy Becker doing a traditional Miami Healing Dance and Burmese, Chinese and Mexican dancing. 

Dancers from the Fort Wayne Ballet also performed. 

Terry Doran founded RiverDrums, which is in its fourth year. It was held the first two years outside – once on the Wells Street Bridge and in 2017 at Headwaters Park – but Saturday's event was the second year it's been showcased at the library. 

Doran said the goal is to highlight art and bring cultures together. 

“First and foremost, we're human beings,” he said. “We have more in common than any of our differences. Anything that can bring people together, I think is good.”

mleblanc@jg.net