Friday, August 28, 2009

Festival of Nations--Aug 29 and 30

Each August, our region’s largest multi-cultural international festival kicks off in Tower Grove Park as the Festival of Nations. More than 50 ethnic troupes offer a colorful kaleidoscope of ethnic dance, music, and fun. Free admission with food and gifts galore available for purchase--tour Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and more without leaving St. Louis!

Three different stages will provide entertainment in the form of ethnic song and dance (see the schedule of performers here). The Culture Corner will feature artists ranging from lacemaking to tinworking to sugar skulls. For dancers, check out the Village Green where performers will show off their Flamenco, belly dance, and hula skills. Events will run from 10am to 7pm on Saturday and from 10am to 6pm on Sunday.

The Festival of Nations is located in the southeast corner of Tower Grove Park, close to the intersection of Arsenal and Grand. A free shuttle will be running throughout Tower Grove so you can park in the park or on the surrounding streets. While it's a lot of fun to wander through the Festival (who knows? You might find yourself in the middle of an interactive dance lesson!), if you're looking for something specific be sure to check out the Festival map.

For more information, call 314-773-9090 or visit the International Institute website.

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