From Aloha Polynesian dances, singing by La Famile Royal and the Kempner Dream Club to Bollywood dancing by the Mela Girls to name a few, the entertainment lineup numbering over two dozen performances is sure to delight audiences prepared for an international treat. “It’s like having the United Nations at the Stafford Centre,” said International Festival of Fort Bend President Nazy Khadivian.
The free admission 5th annual festival will be held this Sunday, March 24, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at the Stafford Centre on Cash Road, and ample parking at the site is free. The festival will start with a multi-cultural parade, a pageantry displaying colorful, traditional costumes and flags of many countries.
Familiar with kempa, zook, reggae, mariachi, Asian, African, Spanish, Romanian, Chinese, Iranian, Russian, Pakistani performances? These are among the genres of entertainment that will enchant the audience and promote the diversity of this area. Participants will be able to enjoy these as a part of their free admission to the event. Each performing number is about five minutes in length and they will get started at 1 p.m. and take place throughout the entire day of the festival ending at 6 p.m.
“This festival not only recognizes the talented artists, but more that that, it celebrates the uniqueness of our community highlighted with this annual event in Stafford,” said Khadivian. The City of Stafford, the host community and presenting festival sponsor “has continued to play a central role in promoting the cultural heritage and rich diversity of the local community with its tremendous support,” adds Khadivian, also commending the festival’s other sponsors.
Be prepared to come with an appetite to the festival. Delicious ethnic foods will be available for purchase from numerous vendors representing an intercontinental network of cultural fare. There will also be arts and crafts, children’s activities and fun for the entire family.
“Let’s keep in mind that we all smile, dance, and enjoy life in one language,” reminds Khadivian. She encourages visitors to come dressed in a traditional costume “representing your ancestry to add to the colorful event.”
For more information, visit internationalfestivaloffortbend.com.
Host and presenting sponsor of the 2013 International Festival of fort Bend, the City of Stafford is joined by other main sponsors including Sugar Creek Baptist Church, Blue Bunny Ice Cream, Bel Furniture, First Colony Community Association, Danny Nguyen Commercial, City of Missouri City, All About Cakes, Houston Community College, and the Caribbean Chamber of Commerce.