15th Annual Multicultural Festival of Cape Cod

Saturday, February 28, 10:00am–4:00pm

The day starts at 10:00am with its beautiful Parade of Flags into the Tilden Arts Center's Main Theater with activities continue straight through until 4:00pm. All entertainment and display venues are free of charge!

The Tilden Arts Center is the primary entertainment location, with acts and events on both floors of the building: singers, dancers, and instrumentalists presenting culturally significant experiences from all over the world.

The Festival also fills the Grossman Commons first floor with displays from all over the world, and offers "immersion experiences" throughout the campus. A visit here will allow attendees to see pieces of: Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, China, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Lebanon, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Poland, Puerto Rico, Ukraine, United States, and Viet Nam.

Free Cultural Exhibits, Music and Dance, plus Food Trucks and our International Café.

Festival Program

Still from the movie: 7 Billion OthersA key feature of this year's Festival will be the continuous showing of ten 30 minute films, providing perspectives on diversity worldwide. Here is a sample of what you'll enjoy visiting the Festival this year: www.7billionothers.org.

For some a "Festival Experience" would not be complete without a significant memento or souvenir. The second floor of the Grossman Commons building will be filled with vendor tables, offering crafts and products from all over the world.

See photo galleries from previous Multicultural Festivals

Participants in the Parade of Flags Performer at the Multicultural Festival

The Food Trucks are coming, the Food Trucks are coming!

Food trucks are returning to the outside patio area across from the Grossman Commons at Cape Cod Community College. Highly acclaimed street vendors will be set up adjacent to the event's main display floor in the Grossman Commons Building, adding another new element to this outstanding celebration of world cultures as represented in the region.

Leading the visiting food trucks, and coming all the way from Boston, will be the much heralded Boston Asian vendor, Yumm Bai. Attendees can try their famous egg rolls, or a unique Prawn Ball of fried shrimp wrapped in a crispy shredded shell, among a great menu. Last year Cape Cod Cannolis sold out everything they had, but they'll be bringing more for 2015. Joining these specialties will be Cape Verdean favorite, Big Daddy's Chef on Fire!, and Guapo's Tortilla Shack. For those wanting to eat inside, the College's Unidine Culinary vendor will provide a grand sampling of cultures from all over the world, along with the fair favorites, hot dogs, burgers, and fries.

Yummi Bai food truck
Cape Cod Cannolis' food truck cannolis

Image left: Yumm Bai food truck
Image above: Cape Cod Cannolis

Scheduled Presentations

The Tilden Arts Center is the primary entertainment location, with 18 acts and events on both floors of the building. Following the Parade of Flags at 10:00am, singers, dancers, and instrumentalists presenting culturally significant experiences from all over the world will perform, with only a short lunch break, until 4:00pm. In addition throughout the day, entertainers will be performing on both floors of the Grossman Commons building, and storytelling for children will be presented on the second floor of the Commons.

Cape Verdean star entertainer Candida Rose will perform during the day, along long-time favorite Peruvian pan-flute artist Inkas Wasi. The pageantry of beautiful Taiwanese/Chinese dancers and instrumentalists will contrast with the powerful earthy rhythms of the Cape Cod African Dance and Drum group. Through the day attendees will hear the Multicultural Worship Team of the Zion Union Church in Hyannis, Scottish Highland Dancers, vocalist JoJo Qiao, see Irish Step Dancers, and be moved by the Soul/Funk sounds of the Groovalottos. This barely scratches the surface of the day’s entertainment. The performance list touches every corner of the globe.

Special to the Festival this year, Master Djembe Drummer Issa Coulibaly will offer an African Drum Workshop in the Studio Theater at 1:30pm. Coulibaly began studying the djembe and djun djun when he was 11 in his home city of Bamako, Mali. He toured Africa and Europe extensively before emigrating to the United States. He continues to travel from Maine to Puerto Rico facilitating retreats and performing as the lead drummer and Musical Director for a variety of African Dance troupes.

Vendors – Second Floor Grossman Commons

For some a "Festival Experience" would not be complete without a significant memento or souvenir. The second floor of the Grossman Commons building will be filled with vendor tables, offering crafts and products from all over the world. Long tables staffed by local vendors and organizations will be filled with tapestries, wood carvings, artwork, jewelry, and textiles of various kinds,

  • Cape Cod Seascapes and Paintings
  • CLJ Imports – Italian
  • Cozy Neck Noodles
  • Creole Creations
  • Cultural Adventures: Tours for the Young-at-Heart – All
  • DOOS P.K. – The Caviar of Vegan Treats – Haiti
  • Finnish American Society of Cape Cod – Finland
  • Golden Rose Creations – Cape Verde
  • Mari Glass – Egypt, Scotland, Russia, Poland
  • Tibetan Mandala – Tibet and Nepal
  • Treasure by the Sea – England
  • The Widow's Friend – Friends of Bangladesh
  • Wire Wrapped – wampum and sea glass jewelry

A Special Thanks

Long-time Presenting Sponsor, the Cape Cod Five Center Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Trust, again is the major underwriter of the event, for which the Festival producers are extremely grateful. Joining the Bank in helping support the event are: The Barnstable Sunrise Rotary Club, and the Academy for Lifelong Learning.

The Academy for Lifelong Learning sponsors a shuttle bus from the College's parking lots to the center of the upper patio area, right in the middle of the Festival. It runs to and from the event all day, making it easy for attendees to park and reach the event, and it is free!

Irish dancers Children with painted faces Wampanoag dancers African Dance and Drummers