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May 16

Music of the World Arts Celebration

Posted on May 16, 2016 at 8:09 AM by Communications Department

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 Newport News will be fully immersed in culture this Saturday when the World Arts Celebration takes over City Center. From 4 PM to 9 PM come explore more than 30 cultures from around the world through food, activities, cultural exhibits, and non-stop performances on three different stages Arrive early to take home free sombreros, paper parasols, or a Chinese fan.This free event will appeal to all five senses with the interesting sights, sounds or great music, the smell and tastes of foods from all over the world, and the hands on activities available.

Music is what brings people together and the performances at this event will be no different. The celebration’s headliner, Red Baraat, an eight piece band 5-16 red baraat2_SCfrom Brooklyn, NY, will bring the sounds of Northern India fused with funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop. The group, whose music debuted at number one on the Billboard World Music charts, has performed for National Public Radio, the White House, the Bonnaroo festival, and the Olympic Games.

Bagels & Fraylox Klezmer Band is taking the stage to play klezmer music, a lively mixture of Eastern European party music with strains of Yiddish theater, American dance band music, gypsy tunes, and American folk music. Other featured musical performances bringing music from around the world are French accordion player David Gussman, the Peninsula Korean Women’s Association drum team, the Matt Savage interactive drum circle, and the Newport News Police Department Pipe ensemble.

The World Arts Celebration is taking place Saturday, May 21st from 4 PM to 9 PM in City Center. Admission and parking are free. Updates and announcements will be posted on Facebook and Twitter @nnfestivals throughout the event.