2021 International Festival of Holland


Do your summer travel plans include a trip around the world? They do now, and you don’t even have to pack a suitcase! The 2021 International Festival of Holland will be making stops in India, the African continent, Cuba, the Caribbean, Spain,  Eastern Europe, Mexico, Japan and Southeast Asia. This fun, FREE, family-friendly event will feature more than 70 musicians and performers, a Children’s Fiesta, and a Festival Mercado  offering global gifts and delicacies for all to enjoy. It all happens Saturday, August 21st from 11:30 am - 9:00 pm at the Holland Civic Center.  Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are now available: 

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Starts Sunday, August 1st! Watch for daily activities you can do to learn about our global community, spread the word, and build momentum for the big day! Follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


MAIN STAGE (Great Hall)

11:30 am Pokagon Band of Potawatomi will start us off with a drum and dance presentation. Dance styles will include men’s traditional, men’s grass dance, men’s fancy dance, women’s traditional, women’s jingle, and women’s fancy shawl. 

12:00 Welcome

12:30 pm Ballet Folklórico Sol Azteca brings the Latino culture experience through folklórico dance, music, costume design, and construction. A program of Holland Public Schools, this group of PreK-12 dancers are taught dances from various regions of Mexico by Angela Gonzalez-Urbina and mentored by Holland High School students and alumni. 

1:10 pm Compañeros de Flamenco brings the vibrant art of Flamenco to life. Their colorful costumes, compelling guitar music and intricate footwork tell the story of Spain’s multicultural heritage.

2:00 pm Neil Jacobs - World 12 String Guitar covers the world vibe with music as diverse as Gypsy, World, Celtic, Balkan Folk, Jazz, Classical and Modern Fingerstyle, while transforming his 12-string acoustic guitar into his own personal orchestra.  Neil draws inspiration from his world travels and experiences and shares his fascinating stories and humor with his audience. 

3:00 pm Raion Taiko Japanese Drumming Ensemble from the Great Lakes Taiko Center featuring the deep thunderous sounds of the 3.5-foot diameter Odaiko drum to the quiet and subtle beauty of the bamboo flute. Their authentic programs are a variety of modern and traditional taiko, performed on taiko drums imported from Japan’s Asano Taiko, the world’s most famous taiko maker. 

4:00 pm Motherland House Concert showcases original African music, spoken word, art and real-life stories from African artists in an intimate and interactive setting. 

5:00 pm Sangeeta’s Music and Dance of India. Sangeeta Kar is an internationally renowned exponent of Odissi, the oldest classical dance form of India. She is also an award-winning singer and performs regularly on Indian TV, movies, stage, and CDs. ‘Education through entertainment’ is Sangeeta’s motto. 

6:00 pm Gratitude Steel Band performs Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Pop.  

7:00 pm Tumbao Bravo authentic rhythms of Cuba with rich, jazz harmonic compositions written by band members. 

8:00 pm Blackthorn a musical ramble across Ireland. Their repertoire of traditional songs of emigration, ballads, shanties, jigs and reels combine with songs from Ireland’s best contemporary songwriters. 

1:00-5:00 pm Pattern Making Around the World with CultureWorks
 Passport Station

1:30-2:00 pm Sangeeta’s Music & Dance of India
2:30-3:00 pm Gratitude Steel Band
3:30-4:00 pm UKEn (ukulele fun with Ken Freestone)
4:30-5:00 pm Neil Jacobs-World 12 String Guitar

FESTIVAL MERCADO (Market Side Room and City Market)
 3:00—8:00 pm Shop global goods and dine on international cuisine.

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