Showcasing the heritage and traditions of countries from North and South America, Asia and Europe, the festival will delight, educate and intrigue you. It begins at 11am with free workshops until 12 in family yoga and martial arts as well as a puppet show for children. Opening ceremonies begin at noon and will feature the Lion Dance, a vibrant performance by Korean drummers, cultural costume parade, honor guard and welcoming remarks by local community leaders. For the next four hours you’ll be enchanted by live performances by J-Pop, classical and contemporary musicians, singers, dancers artists and cultural booths. Free workshops for children include Snake Lantern Assembly – to celebrate the year of the snake (Taiwan), Japanese Origami, Water Color Painting (China), Diva & Henna (India) and Flower Painting using a variety of vegetables (Philippines). Corporate and small vendors will be participating as will several traditional and ethnic restaurants in the outside Food Court. Cultures represented at the festival are Japan, Italy, Korea, Guyana, India, Taiwan, Guyana, Thailand, Haiti, the Philippines, China, Turkey and several Spanish speaking countries. Admission is free, parking is free and all are invited.The festival will continue later in the evening taking the form of a Multicultural Gala at Holiday Inn, Sunnyside Boulevard in Plainview from 7:30-12. Included in the festivities will be a cocktail hour, sit down dinner, business networking, fashion show, live performances and raffle drawings.Visit the website www.aaccu.org/mcfny for ticket information or any other festival-related questions or call 631.754.6640 or 631.543.5768.The Asian-American Cultural Circle of Unity, organizer of the event is a 501c3 not for profit organization. The Multinational Cultural Festival is supported in part by a grant from the NY State Council of the Arts administered through the Huntington Arts Council.
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