The third annual Holland International Festival is scheduled for October 1

HOLLAND – The third annual Holland International Festival will take place on Saturday, celebrating the variety of cultures living in and around Holland.

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Organized by the International Relations Commission of the Netherlands, the festival “raises awareness of our neighbors here and around the world in a fun and family-friendly way”. The free event features food, music, art, shopping and more.

This year’s festival kicks off at 10 a.m. with the Haworth World Arena Soccer Scrimmage at Riverview Field. The game will include girls and boys in grades six through eight from USA Soccer Club and Rovers Club.

The afternoon lineup at Holland Civic Center will begin at 3 p.m. with a series of performances on the main stage. After a welcome by Mayor Nathan Bocks, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi will present from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Performances throughout the day include:

  • Moroccan singer Lamiae Naki and her ensemble Seffarine from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
  • Musician, songwriter and performer Samuel Nalangira from Uganda from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Ensemble Changüí Majadero, offering a modern version of the Cuban changüí from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
  • Singer, songwriter and founder of West Africa’s first all female hip hop group, Ideal Black Girls, Natu Camara from 8:15pm to 9pm

A child-focused event will take place on the second floor of the Civic Center. The Gentex Children’s Fiesta will feature hands-on art stations from CultureWorks featuring activities showcasing art and design traditions from around the world.

They include Japanese origami, Suminagashi paper marbling, geometric designs from the Arab world, Maori tattoo art from New Zealand, Mesoamerican art, and construction with clay and natural materials inspired by labor of Diébédo Francis Kéré in Burkina Faso.

The event’s International Festival Passport Station will be open for children to have their photo taken and use stamps from different countries to show how they “traveled the world” at the festival.

Seffarine, led by famous Moroccan singer Lamiae Naki, will perform at the Holland International Festival on Saturday October 1, 2022 at the Holland Civic Center.

Nalangira will also perform at the Children’s Fiesta from 4-4:30 p.m., followed by Dragon Dance with the Golden Tiger Kung Fu Academy from 5:15-5:45 p.m.

International foods and products will be available for purchase at the event. A list of vendors and community organizations is available on the event website:

The Holland International Festival was launched in 2019, but was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic – returning in 2021.

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The Netherlands International Relations Commission was established in 1993. The group seeks to “establish and maintain meaningful relationships between the Dutch people and the rest of the world through cultural, educational and professional contacts”.

In addition to the Holland International Festival, IRC programs include Holland’s sister city’s relationship with Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico, the annual Reel Time film series, World Affairs Council programming, and various community programs. .

— Contact journalist Mitchell Boatman at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @SentinelMitch.

Darcy J. Skinner