14th Annual Multicultural Festival of Cape Cod

Saturday, March 1, 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. One new addition to the Festival this year are food trucks.

The Festival continues to expand its variety of international experiences, this year adding a full "immersion experience" room showcasing Spain and the diversity of the Spanish culture. Another new room this year will be nearly a trip "around the world," created by students in the College's ACCCESS Program. 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.

See the full list of presentations below.

Participants in the Parade of Flags Performer at the Multicultural Festival

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

One of the highlights of the this Multicultural Festival of Cape Cod will be the addition of food trucks. At least three trucks/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 Mei Mei Street Kitchen (Chinese specialties), highlighted in the January 19, 2014 Boston Globe Magazine Best of the New issue. This purveyor will be joined by Herrera's Burritos truck, all topped off with desserts served up by the Cape Cod Cannoli truck, often seen on Route 151 in Mashpee.

Mei Mei Street Kitchen food and truck
Cape Cod Cannolis' food truck cannolis

Scheduled Presentations

At this time, 18 different presentations are scheduled to perform on the stages of the Tilden Arts Center, but more are likely to join the event prior to the curtain going up March 1. Throughout the day, entertainers will be performing on both floors of the Grossman Commons building as well.

Cape Verdean star performer Candida Rose will perform during the day, along with native-dancers from the Mashpee Wampanoag. Among the many other performers are long-time favorite Peruvian pan-flute artist Inkawasi, beautiful Taiwanese/Chinese dancers and instrumentalists, the Multicultural Worship Team of the Zion Union Church in Hyannis, and the Nau-Sets Square Dance club's completely American Dance – the Square Dance. The performance list touches every corner of the globe.

Performers – Tilden Arts Main Theater

Time Performer
10:00am Parade of Flags, Greetings, Presentations
10:25–10:40am Fadner Pierre – Keynote Speaker
10:40–10:55am Taiwan/Chinese Traditional Dance
10:55–11:05am Brenda Kashi – Persian Dance
11:05–11:20am Candida Rose – Music of Cape Verde
11:20–11:40am Inkas Wasi – Peru/Andes
11:40–11:55am Cape Cod Tango – Argentina
11:55am–12:25pm Cape Cod African Dance & Drum
12:25–1:00pm Intermission
1:00–1:15pm Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor – Black American, Wampanoag, Cherokee & Choctaw
1:15–1:30pm Khadija and Troupe Isis Egyptian Dance
1:30–1:50pm Nau-Sets Square Dance Club – USA
1:50–2:05pm Dancers of the Highland Light Scottish Society
2:05–2:20pm Intersection – Japan South Africa, Ghana & Brazil
2:20–2:35pm Zion Union Creative Worship Team – Multicultural
2:35–2:50pm Haley School of Irish Dance
2:50–3:05pm Khadija and Troupe Isis Egyptian Dance
3:05–3:30pm Candida Rose – Music of Cape Verde
3:30–4:00pm Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers

Issa Coulibaly will be performaing an African Drum Workshop in the Tilden Arts Studio Theater from 1:30–2:30pm. Ron Williams will be performing all day in the upper level of the Grossman Commons. Additionally, Face 2 Paint will be available for facepainting for the young at heart.

World traveler and videographer Andrew Buckley will present a very personal look at the Cape Verde islands in his production Hit and Run, that will be shown throughout the day. If time permits, his family's tour of mainland China, Through My Eyes, will also be shown. He'll show the films and then engage in dialogue with the audience about his experiences.

Immersion Rooms – Science Building

  • Taiwan/Chinese Room
  • Greek Room
  • Cape Cod Regional Technical High School: Diversity & Spanish Room
  • CCCC ACCCESS Program: Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Lebanon, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Panama, Poland, Puerto Rico, Ukraine, United States, Viet Nam

Exhibitors – Ground Floor Grossman Commons

  • India Association
  • Lithuanian American Community
  • Polish Society of Cape Cod
  • Vinland Lodge of Cape Cod (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland)
  • Inkas Wasi – Peru
  • Chinese Calligraphy
  • German American Club of Cape Cod
  • Italy on Cape Cod
  • Hyannis Center ACCCESS Program – Students from Hyannis Center
  • Carribean Table
  • Spanish Classes at CCCC – Christine Esperson

Community Organizations – Second Floor Grossman Commons

  • CCCC Admissions
  • Barnstable Country Human Rights Commission
  • Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands
  • Falmouth No Place for Hate
  • Soka Gakkai International
  • Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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,

  • Barefoot Books – All cultures
  • Cape Cod Regional Technical High School – Junior Class Spanish
  • CLJ Imports – Italian
  • 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
  • Friends of Bangladesh – Bangladesh
  • Golden Rose Creations – Cape Verde
  • Icons of the Civil Rights Movement – African American
  • Mari Glass – Egypt, Scotland, Russia, Poland
  • Tibetan Mandala – Tibet and Nepal
  • Treasure by the Sea – England

A Special Thanks

Long-time Presenting Sponsor, the Cape Cod Five Cents Bank Charitable Foundation Trust, again is the major underwriter of the event. Joining the Bank in helping support the event are: the Lawrence Lynch Corporation, The Barnstable Sunrise Rotary Club, and the Academy for Lifelong Learning, among the underwriters.

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 Peruvian dancing Wampanoag dancers Argentina tango Vender display African Dance and Drummers