• The First International Festival of Holland

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    July 29, 2019
    The first International Festival of Holland's line up is announced!
    HOLLAND — The first International Festival of Holland will feature a smorgasbord of international music and dance.
    The lineup for the Aug. 17 festival, announced Wednesday, includes artists and performers from the Michigan area and from as far away as Uganda.
    To kick off the festival, the city will rededicate the Queretaro Fountain at Kollen Park at 11 a.m. The fountain was donated in 1999 by Holland’s sister city, Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico. Dignitaries from Queretaro will attend the rededication.
    After the fountain rededication, the festival schedule for the main stage at the Civic Center Place Great Hall is as follows:
    12:15 p.m. — The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi: Pow wow style drum and dance presentation.
    1:15 p.m. — Ara Toupouzianis: Armenian-American musician performing on the kanun, a Middle Eastern harp.
    2 p.m. — The Chinese Association of West Michigan: Chinese folk dance with classic Chinese music.
    2:45 p.m. — Samuel Nalangira: Ugandan native folk/world musician, dancer and choreographer.
    3:30 p.m. — Companeros Flamenco: Group performing the Spanish Flamenco style of music and dance.

    5 p.m. — Raion Taiko: Japanese drumming ensemble from the Great Lakes Taiko Center.
    6 p.m. — Surabhi Ensemble: A global music and dance collective, performing music from North Africa, the Middle East, Spanish flamenco and more.
    7:15 p.m. — Stone Sound Collective: Group performing music influenced by American jazz, traditional African music, classical Indian music and European concert music.
    8 p.m. — Tumbao Bravo: Group performing the music of Cuba, including mambo, cha cha cha, rumba and bolero.
    There will also be a Children’s Stage at the Civic Center Place Market View Room on the second floor. Children’s activities will include a Sparks! Lab hosted by the Holland Museum, an African drumming workshop with Samuel Nalangira and a Mancala competition.
    An international market featuring global cuisine and goods will be open from 1-5 p.m.
    Events and entertainment at the International Festival will be free and open to the public.
    For more information, visit internationalfestivalholland.com.

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