Welcome to our 25th Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival, and the First Virtual Festival. We celebrate 25 Years of a Wild, Wonderful World of Diversity. We hope you enjoy our weekend of performance postings and be sure to share with your friends. Let's start our weekend with America the Beautiful.
To get this virtual party started with the traditional Louisiana country sound of Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Cha's at the Grand Ole Opry. Nathan formed The Cha Chas back in 1985 and has since then brought his unique take on this regional South Louisiana music to all corners of the globe. From Lincoln Center in New York to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Nathan's music has crossed all barriers to speak to the very heart of an audience.
Here to entertain you again with a bit more Zydeco music, remember when we had Roy Carrier & The Night Rockers? About 2001
Fire Performers are always a big hit at the Multi-Cultural Fest. Here are clips from two groups who have performed for us: Creative Flame and Ohio Burn Unit. Creative Flame blends the art of fire dance with mystic arts, a touch of Cirque, Vaudeville, sideshow, and even comedy or burlesque, backed by live drumming, tribal rhythms, and electronic beats.
All the shows of Ohio Burn Unit revolve around the central theme of fire and flames, adding extra spice to every exhibition. Enjoy!
Good Morning and welcome back to another beautiful day for the Virtual Multi-Cultural Festival.
Starting us off is the Gathering of Nations 2017, considered to be the biggest Powwow in the world, a celebration of our Nation's forefathers. Check back with us hourly for a full day of performances and fun.
Two very different types of Russian dance-"Kalinka" and "Beryozka." Both are magical.
Looking for books to help with the sometimes difficult discussion with children about race, prejudice, racism, and resistance?
Crafters, join us making a God's Eye for kids. The follow-along instructional video is easy and the results are beautiful. For the more advanced crafters, watch a video to make a God's Eye Mandala. Another fun crafting video we will share shows how to make a rain stick and a sun catcher
Welcome to the world of Indian Classical Dance. We've selected three performances for you. Enjoy!
Shiva Shambho-Indian Classical Dance-notice how the beautiful costuming enhances the movements of the dance.
Yamini Kalluri is a professional Kuchipudi dancer based in New York City where she teaches, dances, and performs full time. She has been celebrated by the New York Times and BBC as being a teenage Kuchipudi sensation.
Maryam Shakiba-Odissi Dance
Odissi is one of the eight classical dance forms of India, originating from the state of Orissa, East India. This piece is the first dance in the Odissi repertoire: Manglacharan, Ganesh Vandana. Maryam is a London based Odissi dancer, and has been studying since 2012.
We love to see kids embracing their heritage. Here is the Polish Polka band, Box On. Such fun!!
Moving to another high energy form of dance are Irish Dancers from all over Ireland.
Continuing with the Irish theme, The Prodigals, who have performed at the Multi-Cultural Festival three times in the past are performing here at Madison Square Garden in their home state of New York in the first video, and at the Cleveland Irish fest in Ohio in the second.
A-WA, Yemeni sisters who immigrated to Israel, is a unique and mesmerizing sound. Combining contemporary themes with traditional sound, A-WA gives us a peek into their lives and culture.
There has rarely been a year at the Multi-Cultural Festival without reggae music. Here is The Flow Band from Pittsburgh who have performed for us multiple times.
Another reggae favorite is The Ark Band from Columbus Ohio. We hope to bring them back soon.
Sunday Worship Service
In 2019 El Corazon de Mexico based in Toledo Ohio graced our stage. If you loved the beautiful costumes, here is Colombia Viva, Ballet Folklorico de Antioquia, presentation of the many regions of Colombian Folk dance.
Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle: The Cincinnati-based ensemble Buffalo Wabs (as in 'mobs') and the Price Hill Hustle can be best described as 'American'--from the mountains to Music Row, blues-gospel to traditional country, the Hustle combines parts of the American-born genre catalog to create an energetic experience every night.
African Dances from 5 different nations show you how vast the continent is and how many nations of people and cultures exist there. Fabulous!
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, known all over the world, singing for peace around the world. They appear here at the South African State Theater on May 24, 2020.
The Art of Hula Dancing-not for the weak! This video shows how men and women train and make their costumes. Story-telling at its finest!