If America is a melting pot of countless cultures and languages, then New York City is the epicenter of that cultural stew. Since the city’s earliest days, immigrants from around the world have arrived at Lady Liberty’s shores in search of a better life. Though these travelers have called America home, they still maintain the lively practices and traditions of their native countries in their new communities.

Immigrant Heritage Week festival (April 17–23) is a celebration of those practices and traditions that have blended together to add to the national character of the United States, making it the diverse home that it was originally intended to be. In this week-long, city-wide cultural extravaganza, events celebrating the music, dance, film, art and written word of foreign countries are held at cultural institutions around the five boroughs. Many events are geared towards families and children so as to extend the cross-cultural learning to a younger generation.