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Audio Transcript: Turner- ECOfest 2018 Wrap
By Tamar Turner SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — This weekend Stage of Nations will host it’s 10th annual ECOfest during the Arts and Crafts festival. The event is put on by the organization Stage of Nations and is designed to promote taking care of the economy while bringing the community together.
Producer and Event Organizer, Irv Lyons Jr. wants residents of Syracuse to understand the long-terms effects of their daily actions.
“We consume, consume, consume. We take the trees. We use the plants. We use the animals. Do we replace it? It’s not an endless amount,” said Lyons.
Instead of using resources in excess, he suggests to only use what is needed at the time.
ECOfest, is a two-day event that consists of musical performances, vendors, and food. It not only will promote economical awareness but is a way to educate the community of the Syracuse native culture.
Lyons said that we must first respect each other’s presence and that will translate into a greater appreciation for the environment.
“The festival shows our culture, and our artists and crafters,” said Lyons.
The event is a celebration of Syracuse’s Six Nations: Seneca, Onondaga, Cayuga, Oneida, Mohawk, and Tuscarora.
The Syracuse community has not only embraced ECOfest as an event, but the culture that comes along with it.
“I don’t think you will ever see anywhere, where people will grab a stranger’s hand and dance in friendship in peace. Come to my festival and you’ll see it,” said Lyons.
ECOFest begins Friday, July 27th at noon, and Lyons plans to keep the efforts going for future expansion.