Celebrate Diversity at Ridgefield Multicultural Festival

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Come celebrate our diverse community at the fourth annual Ridgefield Multicultural Festival on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at Overlook Park.

This year’s Multicultural Festival will include performances, crafts and activities, a 3v3 basketball tournament, First Saturday and Farmers Market vendors, and more.

Catch these performances on the Overlook Park Stage:

10:00 AM: Vancouver Ballet Folklorico
Vancouver Ballet Folklorico is known for their colorful presentations of Mexican folk dances, Pre-Hispanic Dance, and yearly installations of Dia de los Muertos.

10:35 AM: Poet Laureate Armin Tolentino, Interactive
Armin Tolentino is the Clark County Poet Laureate and author of the poetry collection We Meant to Bring It Home Alive. Find out more about poet Armin Tolentino on his website at www.armintolentino.com.

11:15 AM: Takohachi
This repertoire includes songs in the modern Kumi Daiko style, popular amongst Taiko troupes in the US, as well as many songs in the traditional Dentou Geinou style of ancient Japan. This strong presence of traditional style Taiko is what makes Takohachi so unique amongst American Taiko troupes.

12:30 PM: Fort Vancouver Pipe Band
Under the direction of Pipe Major Victoria MacKenzie, the band plays many traditional and familiar pipe tunes, and those that may not be as familiar, but are sure to get your toes tapping or make your heart skip a beat. The pipes and drums will start at Overlook Park, walk through the festival, and return.

1:00 PM Taekwondo Demonstration from Master Oh’s

1:45 PM: Melao De Cuba
The music of Melao de Cuba is a Salsa fusion of different musical rhythms such as Afro-Cuban Rumbas, Latin Jazz, Traditional Yoruba Chants, Son Montuno, Chachachá, Spanish Flamenco, Boogaloo, Boleros, and other Afro-Cuban influenced music styles.

Anytime during the festival, head over to the shaded seating area to have a seat, rest your feet, and enjoy a video made by Assane Kouyate, a world-renowned griot, titled “Griots: Storytellers, Keepers of History and Cultural Traditions; A Journey through West Africa.” The video will play on a loop for you to enjoy.

For more information visit Ridgefield First Saturday: Multicultural Festival online.

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