Festival of Cultures to feature games

Festivalgoers of all ages enjoy the Japanese game “kendama” at the International Festival of Cultures on Sept. 3, 2016, on Saipan. The festival will feature more ethnic games when it returns every Saturday in September from 5pm to 9pm at Garapan Fishing Base, in addition to hands-on demonstrations, live performances, arts and crafts sales, ethnic cuisine, and more. (MVA)

Festivalgoers of all ages enjoy the Japanese game “kendama” at the International Festival of Cultures on Sept. 3, 2016, on Saipan. The festival will feature more ethnic games when it returns every Saturday in September from 5pm to 9pm at Garapan Fishing Base, in addition to hands-on demonstrations, live performances, arts and crafts sales, ethnic cuisine, and more. (MVA)

The 3rd Annual International Festival of Cultures returns every Saturday evenings on Saipan beginning on Sept. 2, 2017, with a new emphasis this year on ethnic games.

In addition to ethnic food, dances, attires, and crafts, the organizing committee for this year’s festival has decided to give festival goers the chance to experience how different cultures play.

“The festival just gets better each year, and adding games this year is another great idea from our organizing committee,” said MVA community projects manager Martin Duenas. “It will be an interesting way for visitors and residents of all ages to learn about and enjoy the various cultures we have living here in the Marianas.”

Other activities anticipated to be included area traditional attire fashion show, coconut husking and grinding, and more.

The festival, which will be held at Garapan Fishing Base this year, celebrates the cultural diversity of the Marianas, with special emphasis on the indigenous cultures of Micronesia.

Slated to participate are the communities of Korea, China, Japan, Chamorro, Carolinian, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Hawaii, Marshall Islands, Palau, Bangladesh, and the Philippines.

Representative groups may contact MVA community projects coordinator Janerlinse Seman Sablan at jsablan@mymarianas.com or 670.664.3210 for more information.

This year’s festival will also feature a new time of 5pm to 9pm, and admission is free. (MVA)

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