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All set for International Festival of Cultures

MARIANAS Visitors Authority Managing Director Chris Concepcion said this year’s International Festival of Cultures will showcase the islands’ rich cultural diversity.

For the first time the African community is participating in the three-day event which will also feature cultural representatives of the Marianas, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, the Marshall Islands, Hawaii, Tonga/Fiji/Samoa, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Korea and Japan.

In the past, the festival was held on three consecutive Saturdays at the Paseo de Marianas. This year the event will be held from Friday, Sept. 21, to Sunday, Sept. 23 from 5 p.m. to 12 p.m. at the same venue.

Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Chris Concepcion, MVA staff and community members wave to passing motorists outside the MVA office, Thursday, on Beach Road in San Jose.Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Chris Concepcion, MVA staff and community members wave to passing motorists outside the MVA office, Thursday, on Beach Road in San Jose.

“We are ready to go,” Concepcion said.

On Thursday, the participating cultural groups joined MVA in a roadside-waving activity outside the MVA office on Beach Road in San Jose to promote the event.

The Parade of Cultures will be held on Saturday starting at 5 p.m. and will feature participants in their traditional costumes walking from the Carolinian Affairs Office to the Paseo de Marianas where they will walk the catwalk at 6 p.m.

The festival will also feature live entertainment, ethnic food, arts-and-crafts demonstrations, and more.

Cultural representatives of the Federated States of Micronesia take part in the roadside-waving activity on Thursday.  Photos by Junhan B. TodiñoCultural representatives of the Federated States of Micronesia take part in the roadside-waving activity on Thursday. Photos by Junhan B. Todiño

“We’re looking forward to a great weekend of celebrating the cultural diversity of the Marianas at this weekend’s festival,” said MVA community projects manager Martin Duenas.

“We invite everyone to come and enjoy the dances, demonstrations and, of course, the delicious food, including roast pig on Sunday.”

For more information, visit the Marianas Calendar at www.mymarianas.com or contact MVA community projects coordinator Demalynn Pagarao at dpagarao@mymarianas.com or 664-3219.