International Festival at the Southfield Pavilion
The weekend-long showcase of multi-cultural dance, music, food and art aims to educate and entertain families, Oct. 5-7, 2012
Many things define culture – including food, dress, traditions, music and dance. But a culture is more than the sum of its parts. For many, practicing traditional customs is a way of life and can be a method of preserving an entire history of people.
At the International Festival in Southfield, running Oct. 5-7, 2012, your family can learn about different cultures by experiencing them first-hand.
The festival is an educational and entertaining event for all ages, encouraging the understanding and acceptance of cultures from around the globe.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will kick-off the festival at 10 a.m. Friday by holding a live swearing-in ceremony of new American citizens. This year, hundreds of people from dozens of countries are expected to be sworn-in.
There will be hands-on activities for kids based on ethnic traditional crafts such as Japanese lantern making. In spirit of the fall season, there will also be pumpkin painting.
Throughout the weekend, Spanish Flamenco, Irish and Indian dance group – and a steel drum band – will perform. The Children Helping Children Musical Extravaganza/Parade of Nations closes the festival on Sunday. This show features kids dressed in their native traditional attire performing together.
A variety of international foods will be for sale. A bazaar will also feature assorted imported fabrics, handmade crafts, jewelry and clothes for guests to purchase.
Official public festival times are as follows:
- Friday: noon-7 p.m.
- Saturday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Sunday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tickets are $3 per person or $5 per family. Parking is free.
See the Metro Parent listing for more on the International Festival at the Southfield Pavilion.