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World Arts Celebration

May 21, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Sister Cities, the World Arts Celebration takes guests on a journey filled with culture, craftsmanship and cuisine.  International vendors, performers, artists, interactive education stations, as well as cosmopolitan food and beverages are yours to enjoy on Mariners Row at City Center at Oyster Point.  A stroll along this picturesque street will transport you through a tour of exhibits, art demonstrations, live entertainment and culinary delights to captivate your senses.

This year’s headliner is Kadencia, a Puerto Rican rhythm-infused band that uses bomba, plena and salsa to promulgate Puerto Rican culture, educate audiences on the island’s native musical expressions and encourage audience members to get up and dance!  Kadencia performs on the International Market Stage at 4:00 p.m.

Throughout the afternoon, enjoy artwork, performances and exhibits representing a variety of countries including Japan, China, France, Africa, South America and Germany. Free children’s activities include face painting, henna designs, and international “make and take” crafts. Families can take photos with artistic props representing a variety of countries from around the world.  Free Japanese fans, International flag lanyards, French berets, Mexican sombreros, tribal ethnic bracelets and Chinese yo-yos will be given away while supplies last. Vendors will sell artwork and crafts.

Curated by Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, folk dance, music, and arts performances will fill the International Market Stage, La Danse Performance Floor and Mariners Row.

International Market Stage:12 PM – Mosaic Steel Orchestra1 PM – Atumpan2 PM – Rhythm of Ireland School of Irish Dance2:30 PM – D Westry Speed Painter3 PM – Mayuko Chida, Japanese Koto3:20 PM – D Westry Speed Painter4:00 PM – Kadencia

La Danse Performance Floor:12 PM – Jow Ga Kung Fu Lion Dance1 PM – Latin Ballet of Virginia2 PM – Red Crooked Sky2:45 PM – PCAA Chinese Demonstration3:30 PM – Atumpan

On-Street Entertainment and Demonstrations:Die Zeitlosen Musiker (1:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:15 PM)French MimesStilt WalkersSpray Paint ArtistsPlein Air Painters

Food Vendors:American Fruity SmoothieAux Delices – dessert crepes,  macaroons and waffle sticksHad dash Grill – gyros and Greek specialtiesJem’s Caribbean Food – jerk, curry and fried chicken with fixingsJessie Lou’s – artisan grilled cheese sandwiches and soupsLorna’s Kitchenette – lumpia and Filipino specialties

City Center Restaurants:City Center Ice CreamCove TavernGood Vibes – Outdoor Festhaus-style seating with a special German menuHayashi Japanese Steakhouse & SushiJuicing LIFE Bar & CafeMr. Boil – Cajun Seafood & Poke BowlMyPi PizzaSalsa’s Mexican RestaurantTaste UnlimitedTucano’s Brazilian GrillVEDEAT


May 21, 2022
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Mariners Row
701 Town Center Dr.
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
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