11 groups and counting for Int’l Festival of Cultures

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Representatives of various ethnic communities in the Marianas display their traditional attire during the opening of the Marianas Visitors Authority’s International Festival of Cultures on Sept. 9, 2017. The 4th Annual International Festival of Cultures will be held on Sept. 21-23, 2018, at Paseo de Marianas in Garapan, Saipan. (MVA)

Eleven cultural groups living in the Marianas have signed up to participate in the Marianas Visitors Authority’s 4th Annual International Festival of Cultures on Sept. 21-23, 2018, at Paseo de Marianas.

For the first time, the African community will join the event. Also confirmed to participate are the Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Marshall Islands, Hawaii, Tonga/Fiji/Samoa, Bangladesh, Philippines, Korea, and Japan. Additional groups are invited to join the celebration of the cultural diversity of the Marianas.

“The committee of cultural representatives has been working very well with us to plan this year’s celebration, and they have some great ideas. It’s great to see how we can all work together as a Marianas community to put on this event for our visitors and residents,” said MVA Community Projects coordinator and event coordinator Demalynn Pagarao. “We are excited to have the African community join us this year for the first time, also. They are from several countries on the continent and represented on the committee by Kenya.”

The International Festival of Cultures will be held from 5pm to 10pm each night and will feature live entertainment, ethnic food, arts and crafts demonstrations, and more.

For more information, contact Pagarao at dpagarao@mymarianas.com or (670) 664-3219 for more information. (MVA)

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