Multicultural Festival 2016

16th Annual Celebration of Our Diverse Cultures on Cape Cod

This year there will be a huge expansion to outside venues on campus, plus more food trucks! Celebrate our diversity with performers, exhibitors, and vendors showcasing elements unique to their cultures from all over the world.

Free Cultural Exhibits, Music, & Dance! Join us!

Date/Time Event Location
Wednesday, May 4
6:00– 10:00pm
Campus Culture Fest
more info
Grossman Commons
Thursday, May 5
7:00– 9:00pm
Annual Interfaith Service
more info
Cape Cod Synagogue
145 Winter Street, Hyannis
Saturday, May 7
10:00am– 4:00pm
Multicultural Festival West Barnstable Campus

Multicultural Festival programPDF document

To date, the following are scheduled to appear at the Multicultural Festival:

  • Multiple Food Trucks
  • Multiple Immersion Rooms
  • 17 Performers
  • 14 Cultural Exhibitors
  • 14 Marketplace Vendors
  • 13 Community Groups

There will be great children's activities: passport & stickers, facepainting, storytelling, music & movement, and more!

Tea container

International Café

Opens for coffee at 9:00am. International sampling will run approximately 10:30am–2:30pm.

Woman playing a guiter

Cultural Immersion

Multiple cultural immersion experiences will be open all day.

Ariel view of the West Barnstable campus

Free Parking

The shuttle bus runs 9:30am–4:30pm from the College's parking lots directly to the event area.

List of Participants

  • ShinDaiko Drums – Japan – the Festival is very excited to bring these outstanding performers to the Cape for the first time!
  • Los Hijos del Sol – Ecuador – spectacular dancers of "the Sun" who explode across the stage in color and energy!
  • Kadija and Troupe Isis – Egypt – rhythmically blend movement and story together in this ancient style of color and grace
  • Haley School of Irish Dance – Ireland – are annual favorites in this beautifully choreographed “step-dancing” style
  • Cape Cod African Dance and Drum – Their name says it all – and the entire audience often joins them on stage!
  • Rancho Folclorico De Santo Antonio – Azores/Portugal – This amazing troupe of musicians and dancers both educate and entertain as they demonstrate a style of folk dancing that in some ways appears similar to American square dancing and yet, is truly their own. Beautifully costumed and choreographed, they are wonderful to watch.
  • Candida Rose – Cape Verde's outstanding vocal performer of classic Jazz shaped by the essence of her beautiful culture!
  • Brenda Kashi – Persian Dancer who "speaks" with every movement – truly an extraordinary performer to enjoy!
  • Universal Sound – Brazil – This ensemble brings rhythms and songs that fill the audience with joy. Often dancing just breaks out within the crowd!
  • Bevin Stark – India – East Indian Dance is performed in the most precise and classic style – beautifully choreographed and splendidly expressed in this culture's most dramatic art form.
  • Zion Union Church Women of Praise/Creative Worship Team – This Team, while steeped in African-American traditions brings true cross cultural expression. Their "performance" is truly their Praise infectiously shared with everyone!
  • African Drum Workshop with Issa Coulibaly – Master Drummer Issa Coulibaly brings his energy to Festival, and educates as he and his group entertains as well. You will learn but it's unlikely that you still stand still!
  • Catherine Zhao – Ryley Xiong – Jojo Qiao … These outstanding Taiwanese musicians come to us from Cape Cod Academy and bring incredible performance on traditional Chinese instruments, and classical dance as well. We always enjoy what they bring to us.
  • ATA Martial Arts of Sandwich – Certified Taekwondo 4th Degree Black Belt Instructor Tony Rambert brings his students to demonstrate the grace and discipline in this ancient art that blends mind and body into an amazing singularity.
  • Capoeira – Brazil – "Capoeirista" Bernie Macedo brings this combination of dance, aerobatics, and music, developed in Brazil by those of West African descent, sometime in the 16th century. Some see it as a game or competition, others see it as a Brazilian Martial Art. It is dramatic and powerful to watch. In 2014, UNESCO granted it special protected status as an "intangible cultural heritage" of Brazil.
  • Ron Williams – Afro-American Musical Review – Ron brings his guitar and his voice throughout the Festival and collects a crowd wherever he goes. Often he's seen in the International Marketplace and loves the energy surrounded by the "goods and people of the world."
  • St. George Dance Troupe – This group of dancers from the Greek Orthodox Church of Cape Cod, preserves the classic Greek dances that come to mind when one thinks of the movie "Zorba." But, more than just dance them, they help the audience understand the significance to their history and culture.

Food Trucks

  • Big Daddy's – Cape Verdean
  • Yumm Bai – Asian
  • Chik Chak – Middle Eastern
  • Shuck Truck
  • Cape Cod Canoli
  • Wicked Good Kettle Corn
  • Perry's Ice Cream

Additional Participants Wanted
Performers, exhibitors, and vendors that would like to be a part of this year's Multicultural Festival should contact Kathy Andrews:

Participant ApplicationMicrosoft Word document

Releated Events

Campus Culture Fest – May 4

A new part of the Multicultural Festival, this event blends wide ranging cuisine with equally wide ranging performance – all are welcome!

Date/Time Event Location
Wednesday, May 4
6:00– 10:00pm
Campus Culture Fest Cafeteria
Grossman Commons

Representatives from a number of the College's students clubs are putting together an evening of spoken word, music and movement performers. The International Café has agreed to provide at least 8 different dishes from all over the globe with plates for purchase by attendees that night.

There will be no admission charged. People will be asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Family Pantry of Cape Cod.

Annual Interfaith Service – May 5

The Festival will once again begin with an Interfaith worship service – celebrating the spiritual and artistic diversity of Cape Cod.

Date/Time Event Location
Thursday, 5/5
7:00– 9:00pm
Annual Interfaith Service Cape Cod Synagogue
145 Winter Street, Hyannis

The Cape Cod Interfaith Coalition will conduct the lively service, which includes singers, poets and musicians representing a variety of spiritual traditions.

The theme of this year's celebration is: One World. One highlight will be a performance by Cape Cod African Drum and Dance.

More information, contact James Kershner: 508.776.3606.

A Special Thanks

We are extremely grateful to our Presenting Sponsor in their 16th year of support: The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Trust.