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Providence festival celebrates state’s ethnic heritage

Posted by Paul Kandarian  May 25, 2011 10:01 AM

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For some colorful ethnic heritage celebration Memorial Day weekend, check out Providence’s Multicultural Festival May 28 from 1:30-8 p.m., being held at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts, a community showcase celebrating the state’s ethnic diversity. The yearly event is hosted by artist/storyteller Valerie Tutson, director of Providence’s National Black Storytelling Festival, and features, among other things, Cape Verdean drummers, African gospel singers, Chinese dragon acrobats, actors, dancers, and Laotian, Bolivian and Hmong performers. Guests are invited to participate in crafts and dance lessons.

After the festivities, Governor Lincoln Chafee, R.I. Speaker of the House Gordon Fox, and Providence Mayor Angel Tavares are scheduled to lead a torch procession from the auditorium to Water Place Park for the lighting of Water Fire.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12. For information, visit www.vmari.com

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