Up & Coming Weekly

September 12, 2017

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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16 UCW SEPTEMBER 13 - 19, 2017 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM The Arts Council's 39th International Folk Festival with Compare Foods is a three-day festival beginning Friday, Sept. 22. During this festival, communit y members demonstrate and celebrate their different cultures through food, music, dance and crafts. This year, the festival kicks off on 4th Friday with a street dance. "Sirius.B is performing," said Mar y Kinney, marketing director for the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland Count y. "They are actually based out of Ashe- ville, and they have an eclectic sound that they describe as 'absurdist g ypsy folk funk punk.' They will perform Friday on a stage in the middle of the street on the corner of Ray Street and Hay Street. They will also perform Satur- day ... on the main stage." Saturday, Sept. 23, kicks off with one of the most popular events every year, the Parade of Nations. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. and will wind its way through downtown Fayetteville. "This is where our friends and neighbors proceed down Hay Street wearing their cultural clothes, playing their traditional music and dancing," Kinney said. "It is celebrating all of the different cultures, and 30 cultures will be represented." The parade is expected to last about an hour and a half, which makes it convenient to walk over to Festival Park at noon to enjoy t he rest of t he International Folk Festival. The park w ill be f illed w it h performers, food vendors, musicians and arts and craft vendors. "It is ever y color of t he rainbow, ever y taste you can imagine on a plate and sounds from around t he world," K inney said. "It activates all your senses, and it is truly global. You can really have egg rolls and ox tail on t he same plate. It is ver y aut hentic. The people cook ing, performing, and selling arts and crafts are all people from our ow n communit y. They are celebrating t heir cultures in a way t hat we can experience." This year, the festival's hours are longer. On Friday, the festival will be open from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday starts at 10:30 a.m. Festival Park opens at noon and extended hours mean it will remain open until 8 p.m. These longer hours allow for a special per- formance by Mystic India, an internationally acclaimed Bolly wood dance spectacular. Mystic India will perform from 6:30-8 p.m. on Saturday on the main stage in Festival Park. On Sunday, Festival Park will be open to continue the festivities from noon to 6 p.m. The International Folk Festival is always a rain-or-shine event. This year, 100,000 partici- pants are expected over the weekend. There is no admission cost, but according to the Arts Council, it is a good idea to bring some cash to purchase food, beverages and crafts from the local vendors. There will be an ATM, but it often generates a long line. This is a fam- ily-friendly event, so strollers are welcome, but dogs should be left at home. "Just bring yourselves. We will be selling beer, wine, water and coke products. Everything you need will be there," Kinney said. Find out more at w w w.theartscouncil.com. The International Folk Festival: Celebrating Fayetteville's Diversity by ERINN CRIDER EVENTS ERINN CRIDER, Staff Writer. COMMENTS? Editor@upand- comingweekly.com. (910) 484-6200. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 23 and will wind its way through downtown Fayetteville. Photo Credit: Anthony Jeffries. 3006 Bragg Blvd 910.323.1791 F a s ' v l o a r c it e o L Tee 95 $14. RAMADA PLAZA AT BORDEAUX Our CAFÉ BORDEAUX serves you hot breakfast and lunch daily. The place to meet for a quick breakfast or lunch at a great price. Top off your day with a relaxing dinner and drinks in our SPORTS BAR. We are your event venue to host 10 – 1,000 GUESTS. 33,000 SQ FEET of flexible meeting space. 1707 OWEN DRIVE | FAYETTEVILLE NC 28304 | 910.323.0111 10% OFF Your Next food order in our Café Bordeaux or Bordeaux Sports Bar. BOOK YOUR NEXT EVENT WITH US!

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