Weekend Pick: Reston Multicultural Festival

Reston Multicultural Festival/RCC file photoMusic, dance, food and other activities from around the world will return to Lake Anne Plaza on Saturday at the Reston Multicultural Festival.

The Reston Multicultural Festival celebrates the diversity and community spirit of Reston, says Reston Community Center, which sponsors the annual event along with Reston Association and other local organizations and businesses.

The festival starts at 11 a.m. with a naturalization ceremony of new United States citizens and a release of doves.

Live entertainment begins at 1 p.m. on two stages. Admission is free.

World Stage 

1 p.m.
Elaine Hoffman Watts, National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, Klezmer Music

2 p.m.
Christylez Bacon-Washington Sound Museum with Wytold and Nitsha Raj, Cross-Cultural Collaborative Music Experience

2:55 p.m.
Angel Roman, Middle Eastern Dance

3:30 p.m.
Kalavaridhi Dance, Indian Classical Dance

4:10 p.m.
Khinezin Win, Burmese (Myanmar Dance)

5 p.m.
Elikeh, Afro-pop

Global Stage

12:15 p.m.
Tom Teasley,  UN Cultural Ambassador for Percussion

1:10 p.m.
Shaolin Temple, Chinese Martial Arts

1:45 p.m.
Jayamangala,  Indian Classical Dance

2:20 p.m.
Furia Flamenca, Flamenco Dance

3:00 p.m
Ta’Ta RoiRoi, Tahitian Dance and music

3:40 p.m
Born 2 Dance,  Capoeira, Bollywood, and Salsa

4:15 p.m
Nomad Dancers,  Dances from ancient Persia and Central Asia

5:15 p.m.
Ocho de Bastos,  Latin Pop Rock

Additionally, RCC’s Jo Ann Rose Gallery includes an indoor stage with storytelling, Irish music and dance, and Ukranian egg decorating, among other activities. Visit RCC’s website for the full schedule of events.

There will also be food and crafts from many cultures available for purchase. On the menu: Peruvian chicken, Thai food, tacos and more. See the list of arts and crafts vendors.

Photo: Reston Multicultural Festival/file photo

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