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.
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.
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
|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|
|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!