The third annual Concord International Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept 30th in Downtown Concord showcasing the beauty of embracing different cultures.
📍 Concord (Downtown)
Spring St. SW & Barbrick Ave. SW
In a world that’s becoming increasingly interconnected, celebrating diversity and promoting multiculturalism are more important than ever.
- This exciting event is a collaborative effort between El Puente Hispano and the City of Concord, with a mission to foster dialogue, collaboration, and understanding among diverse communities.
The 2022 festival was a resounding success, despite a date change due to inclement weather. Over 8,000 people gathered to revel in the rich tapestry of cultures that make up the Concord and Cabarrus County community.
- With 40 artists gracing the stage with colorful ethnic performances, 42 arts and crafts vendors from around the world, an array of international cuisine, cultural booths, and a delightful kids’ corner, it was a day filled with vibrancy and excitement.
In 2023, the festival will have a new location, owing to construction in Union St. It will now be hosted at Spring St. SW & Barbrick Ave. SW. The festivities will kick off at noon and continue until 6 pm, promising a day full of cultural exploration and entertainment. This year’s lineup includes live music and dances from a diverse array of countries, including Mexico, China, India, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Palestine, Russia, Spain, and tropical music from Latin America.
One of the highlights of the Concord International Festival is undoubtedly the diverse range of international cuisine on offer. There will be over 20 countries represented, from the savory flavors of Argentina to the spicy delights of India and the tropical tastes of Puerto Rico.
But the festival is not just about food and entertainment.
- It’s also an opportunity to explore different cultures and traditions through arts and cultural booths. From the vibrant colors of Colombia to the rich history of Egypt and the artistic flair of India, these booths provide a window into the world’s diverse heritage.
The festival is not just for adults; it’s a family-friendly event. The kids’ zone is filled with globally-inspired games and activities that will educate and entertain the little ones. It’s a chance for children to learn about other cultures in a fun and interactive way.
- At its core, the Concord International Festival is a celebration of unity, diversity, and community. With more than 60 countries represented last year, it’s a testament to the rich cultural tapestry that defines Concord and Cabarrus County. It’s a reminder that despite our differences, we can come together to celebrate our shared humanity.
One of the standout performers to look forward to at this year’s festival is Vadim Kolpakov. As one of the world’s most renowned Romani (Gypsy) 7-string guitarists, he brings a fusion of Gypsy music from Europe with elements of Jazz, Pop, Flamenco, and various other rhythms. With a track record of collaborating with global icons like Madonna, Vadim Kolpakov promises to captivate the audience with his exceptional talent.
And you won’t want to miss the Little Lotus Performance Company, which will perform Chinese children’s folk dances, from traditional to classical, mixed with modern dance.
The Concord International Festival is a day to celebrate culture, build connections, and embrace the beauty of diversity. It’s a reminder that, in a world often divided, there’s incredible strength in coming together to learn from one another and celebrate our differences.
So, mark your calendars for Saturday, September 30, 2023, and join the City of Concord and El Puente Hispano for an unforgettable celebration of culture and community. For more information about the Concord International Festival and to stay updated on event details, visit their official website.
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