Contest Judges


Bearta Alchacar

Bearta Alchacar is an entrepreneur in property acquisition and development, business owner, dance instructor, UNHCR and UNICEF Ambassador She brings years of expertise in large event planning, marketing and public relations to the festival. Bearta is a Lebanese immigrant; she has made Raleigh her home for over 20 years and is a graduate of NCSU. Bearta loves to travel and is fluent in French, Arabic, and English. Bearta is a cultural diversity expert with several years of experience working with multinational groups and has taught dance for over 15 years. Bearta has received the Presidential Volunteer Award in 2010 and Special Citation Award from Raleigh Parks and Recreation.

She has her own event planning company, NC Vibes, and has directed the International Festival which encourages cross cultural exchange and respect. Raleigh's International Food Festival on Fayetteville St. drew more than 17,000 people with different backgrounds to downtown. She loves to bring people together to celebrate what unites us: art, food and history. Bearta owns a flower shop, Petale, downtown Raleigh and has enjoyed getting to know the community. She will also be launching her own podcast starting Feb 2019 called Voice of Raleigh.

Above all, she supports the international community and celebrating diversity and multiculturalism.


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