Monday, June 11, 2007

Festival of the Arts

Every June Grand Rapids celebrates the beginning of summer and the cultural diversity within the city with a Festival of the Arts.  My friend Emma and I decided to check it out last weekend, and we definitely liked what we saw.  There is so much to see and do at the Festival.  To begin with there are 19 different food vendors, and none of them are selling the same things.  There are Thai, Chinese, Lebanese, Greek, Dutch, and American foods (and I know there were others too, but I can’t remember them all). 

 

There are lots of performances too.  We watched a local bluegrass group and a local rap/reggae group perform, and caught the tail end of an improv performance, too.  There were also storytellers, but unless you were close enough to hear, they weren’t worth stopping for, and they were too popular for us to get close to.

The dances from other cultures are the highlight of the Sunday portion of the Festival. 


My friend Mic is from the Philippines, and he and some of his friends performed a traditional dance using coconuts.


It’s a very high-energy dance, and since the stage was wet from recent rains, the boys had some trouble staying on their feet, but the overall effect was fantastic.  The whole Festival was well worth a visit, and I’m glad I was in Grand Rapids for it.

Posted by Emily MacLeod on 06/11 at 02:18 PM
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