MADISON — International Festival will be celebrated Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Overture Center in downtown Madison. Experience a rich tapestry of cultures woven by Dane County artists featuring arts, crafts, food, and performances representing more than 25 cultures, International Festival is a delight of sights, sounds, and flavors
The opening ceremony of the 2013 International Festival will take place at 12:05 p.m.
2013 International Festival Schedule will include:
• Swiss Alphorn duet
A lively duet with traditional Swiss mountain instruments.
• Zhong Yi Kung Fu Association
A traditional lion dance for good luck and prosperity.
• Madison Maennerchor
Traditional men’s choral singing in the German language.
• Gaelic Fusion Dance Company
Scottish dancing combined with new music, movements, and costumes.
• Zaibas Lithuanian Dancers
A dance program with colorful national costumes and descriptive narratives.
• Roots of Brazil Capoeira
An Afro-Brazilian martial arts dance display with acrobatics.
• Quinteto Yzafa
Argentinian dancers perform different dance styles ranging from 1910-2013.
• The Dang-its Trio
Roots-oriented American country music with three-part vocal harmonies.
• Goongo Peas
Interactive folk music and storytelling from the Caribbean and African Diaspora.
• Meenakshi Ganesan & the Kalaanjali School of Dance
Bharatanatyam, a classical and colorful Indian dance from Southern India.
• Madison Chinese Cultural Association
Spectacular Chinese performances and dance in colorful costumes.
Traditional Bolivian folkloric dances to promote and share Bolivian culture.
• West Wind
Irish and English poignant airs, lilting jigs, and dance tunes.
• Sadira & Riad Dance Company
Authentic Middle Eastern costuming and music complete traditional and contemporary dances.
Traditional Balkan folk style music.
• Limanya Drum & Dance Ensemble
High energy music and dance from Guinea and West Africa.
• Taiwan Puppet Troupe
Taiwanese Puppet Theater, otherwise known as “Glove Puppet” or “Poh-Te-Hi”.
• Charanga Agoza
Traditional Cuban charanga music combining European music and African rhythms.
• Daithi Wolfe
A strolling, Irish fiddler extraordinaire performs his lively tunes.
• Tania Tandias Flamenco & Spanish Dance Company
Color, grace, and passion come together in fiery flamenco dances.
• Sergio Rico Vacilon
A unique blend of guajira-son and bolero-son, Cuban music.
• Mesoghios Dance Troupe
Dances from the island of Crete in authentic, antique costumes.
• KIOJA Drill Team
A combination of military close-order, exhibition drills, and African foot dances.
• Last Gaspe Band
New England-style dance band, playing Canadian, Irish, and American fiddle music.
• Atimevu Drum & Dance Group
Ghanian folk music and authentic dances from all tribes in Ghana.
• Tri Bratovchedki Singers
Traditional songs from Croatia, Slovakia, Serbia, and Macedonia.
• UW Russian Folk Orchestra
Russian and other Eastern European music performed on authentic folk instruments.
• Chris and Ann Plata
Music stylings combining country, folk, Tex-Mex, and conjunto elements.
• Sergei Belkin
This Russian accordion player performs worldwide classics and folksongs alike.
• Cajun Strangers
Cajun music played on accordion and fiddle, sung in the Cajun French dialect.
Both educational and fun, a showcase of traditional Brazilian music.
• Yid Vicious Klezmer Ensemble
Come dance to some fast-paced Yiddish folk music served up with chutzpah.
• Tani Diakite Desert Trance Infusion
Danceable music from Mali performed on an instrument called a kamelingoni.
• Stefano Gueresi
Internationally acclaimed pianist and composer from Mantova, Italy.