This cultural and educational festival, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., will offer participants entertainment and experiences celebrating diverse customs and traditions on the main stage of The Village Theater, located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road in Canton, MI 48187.
Celebrate the diversity of the Canton community through song and dance from various cultural groups. Featured dance performances will represent various cultures and countries, including: China, India, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Polynesia; Tahiti, and the United States.
"Canton's International Festival is fun for the entire family," said Anthony Davis, Chairperson of the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts and Heritage. "It is also entertaining, educational and totally enjoyable. Come on out and celebrate the talent and diversity that is Canton!"
Attendees can enjoy performances by: Cherry Blossom - Bin Wu; Bollywood Fusion Dance with choreography by May Kulkarni; Little Chinese Angels from An Hua Chinese School; the Tim O'Hare School of Traditional Irish Dance; Greater Detroit Chinese Dance and Ballet; Joyas de Mexico Ballet under the direction of Luly Del Real; the Spring Group; Asian Indian Dance Group of Canton with choreography by Parul Shah; Canton-Plymouth Chinese Learning Center; and Julzie Gravel.
Also included in the lineup are performances by: Triple Threat Dance & Theater Company; New Century Chinese School Choir; Sunshine Children's Choir; Hoaloha Polynesian, New Zealand and Tahitian Dances; Natya Tarangini Kuchipudi Academy of Canton, under the Artistic Direction of Sailaja Pullela; Steppers, Mimes, Praise Dancer of New Hope Baptist Church of Wayne, MI; Sitar performance by Charvik Vaihnav and Naveen Jackson featuring Students of Manjula Vermam accompanied by Rohan Vaishnav on Tabla; the Life Mantra Academy with choreography by Forum Vyas; Yangtzee Melody Group with Hua Ching Northville Dance Group; and the Troy Chinese Folk Dance Group.
Numerous cultural exhibits will be featured in our lobby and cultural items from around the world will be available for purchase during the event. Enjoy an International Sweets Table where small snacks and desserts from various countries can also be purchased.
Bring the whole family and travel the globe through music, dance and more. Tickets are just $2 at the door. This event is presented by the all volunteer Multicultural Committee of the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts and Heritage. This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Community Financial "Summer of Sharing" program.
The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is a regional center for the arts that offers the magic of live theatre, soul-stirring music, the thrill of the dance, and the enjoyment of fine art exhibitions and events, in addition to providing a home for several cultural organizations and community groups.
For more information about the Canton International Festival, call 734/394-5300 or visit www.cantonvillagetheater.org.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Anne Jahn, Village Theater House Manager - 734/394-5308 and Jennifer Tobin, Canton Arts Coordinator - 734/394-5484