International Food and Music Festival and Bazaar

Posted in Community, Community News, Culinary, Festivals, Food, Music

August 17, 2016

South Whidbey Island will be rocking with peace, love, music and dance from many World Cultures on Saturday, August 20, 2016, 4 – 10 PM in a beautiful outdoor setting at Whidstock Ranch, 971 Sandy Point Road, Langley, WA.  The Northwest Language and Cultural Center has been bringing people together to share in each other’s cultural traditions and foster greater understanding and appreciation of diversity since 1996.  Join in the celebration at this enriching event that will be an opportunity to learn, share and make new friends while taking in music and dance from Turkey, Japan, India, Africa, China and more.  A variety of ethnic street food from Africa to South America will be offered, as well as cool beers and delicious wines.  Special children’s activities will keep them entertained and learning crafts and games from different cultures.  There will also be a small Bazaar tent with handwork for sale from  various continents around world. The intimate setting, rich cultural offerings and high intentions to do our part – to bring more tolerance and intercultural understanding – will be sure to create a one-of-a-kind event and fill hearts with love and understanding for our fellow man, which is exactly what the world needs now!

The program will feature Thione Diop Drum Ensemble with Sumayya Diop performing West African drumming and dance.  Thione is widely recognized for his powerfully expressive Djembe performances. He is descended from an ancestral line of Griot drummers in Senegal, West Africa, and is a master of the djembe, sabar, tama, and djun djun thrilling audiences across the world. Sumayya Diop is trained by the “Jali” (traditional storytellers) in African dance and has been dancing, drumming and singing with youth and adults in the Seattle area for more than 10 years. The program will also showcase members of the Anadolu Turkish Folk Dancers, the Japanese Sound Singers, the Bollyworks Dancers from India, Melody Xie Chinese Dancers, and much, much more in a 6-hour kaleidoscope of international music, dance, food, merriment and sharing!

Tickets are $20 per person presale, $30 at the door. Children 12 and under are free. Buy your ticket today!

All proceeds support the NWLACC Global Cultures Youth programs for Kindergarten through Middle School in partnership with SW Schools District.

The Northwest Language and Cultural Center is dedicated to inspiring intercultural awareness and understanding so that each person contributes to a more peaceful and harmonious global community now.  Because cross-cultural understanding can’t wait!

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