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Kent International Festival comes to ShoWare on May 31

KIF is back: The free festival features the sights, sounds and tastes of many cultures. COURTESY PHOTO,  Mel Hart Ink - Courtesy photo/Mel Hart Ink
KIF is back: The free festival features the sights, sounds and tastes of many cultures. COURTESY PHOTO, Mel Hart Ink
— image credit: Courtesy photo/Mel Hart Ink

BY MELANIE S. MOSSHART
For the Kent Reporter

The Kent International Festival welcomes people of all ages, ethnicity and cultures to the ShoWare Center for the sixth annual program on Saturday, May 31.

The free festival, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., features musical entertainment and dancing, exotic foods from throughout the world from Kent restaurants and offers a variety of cultural booths.

The festival touts three new additions to the diverse event – a hand-carried float parade, a feature stage for learning about cultures and traditions, and the festival finale, which promises the best of the best in entertainment.

Organizers hope to attract an even bigger audience this year.

The festival begins with the Generations Walking Together parade of all ages and cultures dressed in traditional attire. The walk begins from the Kent Station and ends at ShoWare Center.

The event officially opens at 10 a.m. with musical groups, dance troupes, drums, belly dancers and instrumentalists entertaining the public until 5.

The finale begins at 7 p.m. and runs until 10.

The theme is to “Learn from Each Other.”

Each cultural booth will have an activity for the children to do in order to discover  something about the country that booth represents.

For more information, visit www.kentinternationalfestival.com.

 

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