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Canton’s International Festival To Celebrate Cultural Diversity At The Village Theater

(Canton, MI – December 19, 2012) Experience music, dance and drama from around the world when Canton’s International Festival returns to The Village Theater at Cherry Hill on Saturday, January 12, 2013.  This cultural and educational festival, which will be held from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., offers participants entertainment and experiences celebrating diverse customs and traditions on the main stage of The Village Theater, located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road Canton, MI 48187.

Celebrate the diversity of the Canton community through song and dance from various cultural groups. Featured dance performances will represent various cultures and countries, including: India, Tahiti, Hawaii, New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland, China, the Middle East, and the United States.

Attendees can enjoy Choral performances by the New Century Chinese School and the Plymouth Canton Chinese Learning Center.  In addition the Yangtze Melody Group will also perform.  A special performance will be presented by Opera Singers Sonja Srinivasan and Errin Brooks, from The Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan with accompaniment by pianist Raffaella Medoro-Naurato.

New to the International Festival this year are the Motor City Ukes (Ukulele Band); the Kopenski School of Highland Dance; and Dancin’ Feet Competition Team of Canton.  Youth from New Hope Church will once again delight audiences with a performance by their Praise Dancers, Mimes of Ministry, and Steppers of Soul.  Monica Prasad, student of Manjula Lall, will also perform on the Sitar.  Also included in the lineup are performances by: The Tim O’Hare School of Traditional Irish Dance; Triple Threat Dance & Theater Company; Troupe Ta’amullat; and the Hoaloha Hula Dance Company.  In addition, Indian Classical and Folk Dances will be performed by students of Sailaja Pullela, Fanny Raina, and Parul Shah. 

Numerous cultural exhibits will be featured in our lobby and cultural items from around the world will be available for purchase during the event.  Enjoy an International Food Table where small snacks and desserts from various countries can also be purchased.

Bring the whole family and travel the globe through music, dance and more.  Tickets are just $2 at the door.  This event is presented by the all volunteer Multicultural Committee of the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts and Heritage.

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is a regional center for the arts that offers the magic of live theatre, soul-stirring music, the thrill of the dance, and the enjoyment of fine art exhibitions and events, in addition to providing a home for several cultural organizations and community groups.

For more information about the Canton International Festival, call 734/394-5308 or visit

Media Contacts:   Jennifer Tobin, Canton Arts Coordinator - 734/394-5484
                           Jennifer Provenzano, Recreation Specialist - 734/394-5497
                           Anne Jahn, Village Theater House Manager - 734/394-5308

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