Today's Multi-Cultural Festival is CANCELLED!

Multi-Cultural Festival and
KIDS FunFEST!

Saturday & Sunday, May 13-14
10 am – 5 pm
Newton Centre Green

Kids Fun Fest

Amusement Rides       Craft Vendors       

Saturday Music and Dance Showcase

10:30Constantine’s award-winning magic and signature amiable personality, combined with his baffling miracles are sure to entertain and astonish. Come and witness the magic of Constantine!
11:00 Dance’n Feet is a group of senior women, sponsored by Newton Parks and Recreation, that perform short and entertaining dance numbers incorporating jazz, modern and acrobatic elements
11:30 Dance Currents, Inc. will perform a set of pieces choreographed by famous Modern Dance choreographers: Isadora Duncan “Narcissus”; Ted Shawn “Mazurka and Tango”; Charles Weidman “Three Brahms’s Waltzes”, and David Parsons “Parsons Etude”.
12:00 Creative Dance Steps Studio provides dance lessons for everyBODY in a fun, friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
12:30 Joanne Langione Dance Center is an award-winning school committed to providing exceptional dance training in a fun, loving and supportive atmosphere.
12:30 - 3:30 Gravity Alternative Movement: Come see a dazzling performance from Watertown's newest facility to learn aerial circus arts. Performance by Trevor Kafka and Lanya Butler. Grand opening event tonight  5/13 at 7pm.
1:00 Conservatory at Highlands is cultivating musicianship through community! With a 21st century music education style taught by the best musicians in Boston; from private music lessons and ensembles to summer camps, rock bands, audio production classes, special needs programs, and early childhood education.
1:30 Crescendo is a student-run acapella group at Newton South High School that focuses on making music and sharing it with the school and local communities.
2:00 Circus Smirkus is an award-winning international youth circus founded in 1987 to promote the skills, culture, and traditions of the traveling circus, inspiring youth to engage in life-changing adventures in the circus arts.
2:30 Sean Smith - plays and sings traditional music from Ireland, England and Scotland, and has been active in the Boston-area folk scene for many years, performing at venues and events such as Club Passim, Boston's Celtic Music Fest and the inaugural Newton Festival of the Arts.
3:00 Rhythmic Circus - Rhythmic gymnastics is a blend of sport and art, combining athletic skills with graceful dance moves in routines choreographed to music. The gymnasts use balls, hoops, ribbons, ropes and clubs in a display of flexibility, strength, coordination and grace. "Rhythmic Circus" a medley of acrobats, contortionists, clowns, lions and more!
3:30 All That Jazz Dance Studio is an award winning dance studio for children of all ages located in Nonantum. We are excited to be performing a super-fun, family friendly show
4:00 Y2KLEZ: Klezmer and more with clarinetist and composer Bill Wise and Pianist and accordionist Barry Shapiro

Saturday Demonstration Booths

‘Hands On’ an African & Indian Activity Booth
10:00-12:00

Demonstration of beading of the Maasai Tribe in Africa

Isaya Oleporuo is a Maasai warrior and community organizer. He founded The Warriors Organization, an organization that works to empower and sustain indigenous people in Tanzania, Eluai in Northern Tanzania. Among other projects Isaya has helped the women in his community start a beading project to help them find vocation and income in the months when the men are away tending their cattle.
12:00-2:00

Coloring Indian folk drawings and printing with Indian blocks

Lakshmi Narayan Kadambi has worked with crafts communities in India for over twenty five years. Through Thinkfolk she hopes to connect, share stories of folk artists with the community and help  preserve, conserve, innovate and celebrate  folk artists and their creations

 

Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland (or ICB Wayland

Explore ethnic clothing, shoes, hats and head coverings for men and women from a variety of Muslim countries. Try on something new and different and get your picture taken. Kids and adults are welcome to come learn about the different types of attire from across the Middle East, South Asia and North Africa.

Download the Saturday Schedule (pdf)

Sunday Multi-Cultural Festival

10:30Aatma Tones - A teen band from Newton/Wellesley who seamlessly fuse eastern and western music to create soulful and catchy melodies
Bharatanatyam - South Indian classical dance by the students of Sunanda Narayanan’s Thillai Fine Arts Academy
Aangikam Dance Academy - Jasmine Shah's vibrant dance school from Nashua, NH will present Indian folk dancing styles
11:30 "Kahol Lavan" has been created in the vision of traditional Israeli folk dancing groups with an eye to modern dancing, under the direction of Pazit Lahav.
12:00 Param Roychudhury – Join in with the Zumba inspired Bollywood Dance!
12:30 American Chinese Art Society  - The Traditional Chinese Dance Troupe is a very popular group of distinguished dancers sponsored by the American  Chinese Art Society, and guided in traditional Chinese dance skills by its Executive Artistic Director, Ms. Jade Lin. Although all dancers are American-born, they are devoted to mastering traditional Chinese dance skills and traditions.
1:00 NSHS SASA Zamaana’s Dance Team is Newton South's premier South Asian fusion dance team, incorporating the diversity and vibrance of South Asia by synthesizing cultural dance styles with hip hop in an invigorating performance.              
1:30 YCCA – West Suburban Center for the Creative Arts Singer-Songwriter Showcase
2:15 Caribbean Culture Exposed - Socio-Economic Development of Boston Inc (SEDFOB INC.) 
Laura Delgado  and Company (d‘Allegro)
Thomas Lastrde and Company (Caribbean Gospel Vibes)
Michael Smith (Caribbean Culture Exposed) costume dancers
3:00 Yosi Karahashi Flamenco presents ‘Farruca’, ‘Sevillanas with Castanets’, ‘ Alegrias with Bata de Cola’   www.flamencoyosi.com
3:30 Vietnamese Traditional Martial Arts Binh Dinh Academy demonstration
4:00 Multicultural Berklee band The Çay Party presents a showcase of Organic World Fusion and Turkish Music that will give you goosebumps and the urge to dance! Mahir Can Küçük on vocals and baglama (Turkish lute), violinist Bengisu Gökçe, percussionist Nick Sanchez, Paul Meland on  tenor saxophone -Dynamic microphone
4:30 The New England Conservatory Jewish Music Ensemble, directed by Dr. Hankus Netsky

Sunday Multi-Cultural Festival Demonstration Booths

‘Hands On’ an African & Indian Activity Booth
10:00-12:00

Demonstration of beading of the Maasai Tribe in Africa

Isaya Oleporuo is a Maasai warrior and community organizer. He founded The Warriors Organization, an organization that works to empower and sustain indigenous people in Tanzania, Eluai in Northern Tanzania. Among other projects Isaya has helped the women in his community start a beading project to help them find vocation and income in the months when the men are away tending their cattle.
12:00-2:00

Coloring Indian folk drawings and printing with Indian blocks

Lakshmi Narayan Kadambi has worked with crafts communities in India for over twenty five years. Through Thinkfolk she hopes to connect, share stories of folk artists with the community and help  preserve, conserve, innovate and celebrate  folk artists and their creations

 

Asian American Leadership Network present "The Spiritual Art of Chinese Calligraphy and Tai Chi
Words with soul and lovely Chinese characters with spirit can inspire insight and add willpower in daily life.  Dr. Sung, a native of Taiwan, is offering an interesting and information workshop for all who love art and holistic Tai Chi exercise.
Caribbean Culture Exposed
Errol O. Forde, Chief Executive Officer, Socio-Economic Development
Arts and Crafts Booth
Newton Center Green 10am – 5pm

Download the Sunday Schedule (pdf)

For information and to register as a vendor, get the guidelines and vendor applications.

Platinum Sponsor
Rockland Trust
Silver Sponsor

Cambridge Savings Bank
Sustaining Sponsors
Whole Foods Carvalho & Roth