The international cultural festival returns to Steinway Street Fair!

The 8th Annual Central Astoria Local Development Coalition “Celebrate Astoria! International Cultural Festival,” supported by Council Member Tiffany Cabán, returned to the Steinway Street Street Fair on Sunday, May 1. It was an incredible community celebration that brought together an overwhelmingly joyful audience of thousands from near and far in the heart of Astoria on a beautiful spring day.

The audience was mesmerized by the performance of the Mazarte Dance Company which kicked off this impressive event featuring traditional Mexican music and dance; Folk Dance Club Kaleidoscope wowed audiences with impressive high-flying acrobatics depicting Russia and Ukraine in ornate finery; The Kotchegna Dance Company presented invigorating exotic rhythms and dance from the Ivory Coast; Yosakoi Dance Project – 10tecomai presented a skillful blend of traditional and modern music and dance from Japan in festive attire; Los Hacheros gave the crowd of spectators a moving musical performance featuring Puerto Rican/Afro-Caribbean beats; NY’s Pontian Society Komninoi was also on hand to perform whimsical traditional Greek music and dance in authentic attire; The Chinese Cultural Center of New York presented music and dance from their native land; Folk Colombia Escuela de Danza y Musica was also on hand with children of different ages and presented sounds from Colombia in distinctive ensembles; and the highly talented Ajna Dance Company crowned this exhilarating celebration of cultures with the graceful, authentic and festive music and dance of India.

Darcy J. Skinner