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Sac World Fest a success

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The 4th annual World Music & Dance Festival in Old Sacramento this past weekend featured a wide variety of live music, dance events and ethnic foods, as well as arts and crafts from all parts of the globe. 

The main celebration was scheduled Sunday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., although the Spotlight On: India! extravaganza kicked off the weekend’s events on Saturday evening at 6 p.m.

In keeping with Sacramento’s reputation as the most multi-ethically integrated big city in America, performances were turned in by all levels of local talent, from student groups to nationally recognized performers who live in and near the Sacramento area. 

Attendees of the event had unrestricted access to visit Passenger Station Stage and the Waterfront Stage all day Sunday. Music and dance performances representing nearly every major cultural group in Sacramento continued nonstop from 10 a.m. until well past their scheduled closing time of 5 p.m. 

In addition, performances were featured most of the day at the Old Eagle Theater and outside along Front Street at the Fats City Performance Area. The Global Village held demonstrations of a wide variety of ethnic cooking styles and also had displays of arts and crafts from various corners of the globe.

Anyone looking for a bargain was not disappointed. There was a wide ranging selection of ethnic arts and crafts, jewelry, fine arts and literature available from several dozen vendors who attended the event. The event also featured items and attractions aimed especially for kids including children’s theater, hands-on art projects, face painting, storytellers and traditional toys from various cultures for sale.

“It was an awesome event with a lot of cultural diversity,” stated Gabrielle Overton, who attended the event with her three young children. 

“It was a great experience for my kids to get exposed to a variety of music and dance styles from around the world,” stated Overton. 

Nationally recognized poet and spoken word artist Terry Moore hosted the Fat City Performance Area during the afternoon from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.   

“I was thrilled to accept the invitation to bring out some of our regularly featured artists who perform at The Show,” stated Moore in reference to his monthly Afrocentric variety show which features poetry, live music and dance on the last Saturday of each month at the Florin Business Arts Complex in Sacramento.

“Events like the Sac World Fest are part of the reason why Sacramento is a great place to live and raise children,” said Moore. 

The Sac World Fest mission statement is, “To showcase the cultural diversity of the Sacramento region through the presentation of an ethnic dance and music festival for all ages, providing an educational and entertaining experience.” 

Josie Corrales agreed that the event lived up to its mission.

“I had a great time,” said Corrales. “They had some really great performances that got the audiences involved. I’ll be sure to come back next year.”






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