Join Supervisor Principi and the Woodbridge Civic Association on September 19, for an evening of merriment and cultural exchange, during this FREE festival. Enjoy authentic cuisine, song and dance from around the world, with live folk performances. All are welcome, free to attend! RSVP required, signup online.

Interested in volunteering for this community event? See the online signup sheet. We can use helping hands for decorating, registration and more!

Thursday, September 19, 2019 7:00-9:00pm

7:00p          Festival Begins

  • Registration and Food Tables Open

7:10-7:15p  Opening Remarks

  • Welcome from Supervisor Principi & Woodbridge Civic Association
  • Introduce Sponsors

7:15-7:20    Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Dance (Divine Inspiration Dancers)

7:20-7:30p  Scottish Highland Dancing (Emerald Scottish Dancers)

7:30-7:35p  International Music (DJ)

7:35-7:50p  Nepali Folk Cultural Dance (Bishesta Aryal and Supriya Tamang)

7:50-7:55p  African-American Poetry “eritrea” (Nayomi Aracelli)

7:55-8:05p  Bolivian Dance (Diablada Boliviana)

8:05-8:10p  International Music (DJ)

8:10-8:25p  Egyptian Belly Dancing (Suburban Gypsies Belly Dance Troupe)

8:25-8:30p  African-American Spoken Word (Kim B. Miller)

8:30-8:40    Indian Bollywood Dance (Sibi Thota)

8:40-8:50p  Bolivian Dance (Fraternidad Artistica Cultural Folklorica Salay Tukuypaj Filial USA)

8:50-8:55p  Closing Remarks

  • Woodbridge Civic Association- Call to Action
  • Thank you to Performers & Sponsors
  • Remarks from Supervisor Principi

9:00p           Festival Ends

DJ Tabasko

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Dance (Divine Inspirations Dance Co.)

Divine Inspirations is a non for-profit organization established for the purpose of cultivating social inclusion and wellness in young girls that may be at risk, underserved, or fighting the childhood obesity epidemic through providing access to quality but affordable performing arts. Like the talented dancers of Divine Dance Company, the ethnic makeup of Trinidad is dominated by blacks, descended from slaves brought in to work on cotton and sugar plantations beginning in the late 18th century, and Indo-Trinidadians, or East Indians, whose ancestors were primarily laborer’s who immigrated from the Indian subcontinent as plantation workers after the abolition of slavery in the mid-19th century. Migrants from Spain and other European countries, Africa, East and Southeast Asia, and the Middle East have all contributed to the ethnic composition of the islands’ population. Divine Dancers represents all people as we are all equally created!

Scottish Highland Dancing (Emerald Scottish Dancers)

Scottish Highland dancing is one of the oldest forms of folk dancing, dating back to the 11th century.  Traditionally done by male warriors preparing for battle, it is now enjoyed by both males and females all over the world.  Each dance has a story that celebrates Scottish history.  The dances require both athleticism and artistic grace.  Today dancers compete at Highland Games and participate in cultural demonstrations.  It is one of the few sports where males and females compete against each other.  Dancers from the Emerald Scottish Dancers will be demonstrating dances such as the Highland Fling and Sean Triubhas.

Nepali Folk Cultural Dance (Woodbridge Nepalese Society)

Neapali Folk Cultural Dance will be performed by Bishesta Aryal and Supriya Tamang. Bishesta is freshman Student in Woodbridge High School and Supria is 6th grader in Rippon Middle School. Both are members of the Woodbridge Nepalese Society.

Diablada Boliviana (Fundacion Socio Cultural Boliviana)

The Bolivian Cultural Partner Foundation has been in the Metropolitan area for 21 years sharing the Bolivian Culture through the dances; keeping children and youth united with their families and out of trouble. Diablada is a battle between good and evil, where the good wins and Saint Michael Archangel guide the rescued souls to a good path. All the costumes are handcrafted in Bolivia.

Egyptian Belly Dancing (Suburban Gypsies Belly Dance Troupe)

The Suburban Gypsies dance an Egyptian Cabaret style type of belly dance with an oriental fusion. They will be performing to two songs this evening- Caravan Drum Solo and Jim I Nim (pronounced like Hymn E Nim)

African-American Spoken Word (Kim B. Miller)

Kim B. Miller is a spoken word artist. Spoken Word is a central part of African American culture. It was oral tradition that transmitted African culture to a New World and captured the struggle for freedom. Modern African American Spoken Word draws heavily on the historical and musical influences of this oral tradition.

Indian Bollywood Dance (Sibi Thota)

Music and dance are an integral part of Indian culture, especially movies. Today, Sibi Thota, a 7th grader at the Marsteller Middle in Bristow, will be dancing to an Indian song medley, Bollywood style. Bollywood is the dance form that is a blend of Indian classical, folk, belly dancing, western modern, hip hop and even western erotic styles. Unlike Indian classical, there are no rules in Bollywood dance style. Enjoy this dance as a small glimpse into Indian culture.

Bolivian Dance (Fraternidad Artistica Cultural Folklorica Salay Tukuypaj Filial USA)

Music and dance are an integral part of Indian culture, especially movies. Today, Sibi Thota, a 7th grader at the Marsteller Middle in Bristow, will be dancing to an Indian song medley, Bollywood style. Bollywood is the dance form that is a blend of Indian classical, folk, belly dancing, western modern, hip hop and even western erotic styles. Unlike Indian classical, there are no rules in Bollywood dance style. Enjoy this dance as a small glimpse into Indian culture.

Sample food from around the globe, provided by community groups and local eateries. Please note: We ask that you only visit each table once, so that there is enough for all to enjoy.

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