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:
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.
12:30 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.
GENTEX CHILDREN’S FIESTA (Market View Room)
1:00-5:00 pm Pattern Making Around the World with CultureWorks
GENTEX CHILDREN’S FIESTA STAGE (Market View Room)
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.