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UPDATE: XRootsFest Start Time Moved to 2-6 PM June 24 Due to Forecast

UPDATED: XRootsFest start time has now been moved to 2 – 6 p.m. due to the weather forecast. In addition, the Special Dance Company piece “4 Score and 7 Years” will NOT be performed at the festival; stay tuned for an announcement for a future performance.

The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race is proud to present XRootsFest (cross-roots-Fest), an annual multicultural heritage festival that is one the most diverse and interactive events in the area. Returning for its fourth season (previously called the Cultural Heritage Festival), XRootsFest will take place at Flood’s Hill in South Orange’s Meadowland Park on June 24th from 2 pm to 6 pm. Beatrice Carter, radio and TV personality, will return to MC the event.

New experiences this year include a “Big Edu-tainment Tent” featuring ambassadors, fashions, language exchange, books, snacks, storytelling and more from five different regions of the world, including Native American culture complete with a full-sized tee pee. There will be a demo on how to wrap a sari and how to create block art on fabric, along with other interactive activities. Have your souvenir “Passport” certified at every station in the tent to win an instant gift and participating adults will also be entered into a drawing to win a gift certificate from a local restaurant. Also, to beat the heat there will be multiple cooling stations with designated sections for seniors and young ones, offering shade and cold water.

The festival brings together a variety of talented performers who showcase the many cultures in our community, Essex County and throughout New Jersey.

The dynamic lineup of multicultural performances includes:

  • NYC-based Taiko drumming/NY style street dancing group Cobu
  • Ibn Sharif Shakoor Hip Hop recording artist and poet
  • Maplewood-based dancers from LaChaney’s Dance and Music Academy
  • Ecuadorian performers from The Ayazamana Cultural Center
  • Haitian band Rara Pa Nou
  • Native American performance group Red Storm Drum and Dance Troupe
  • Jazz music from Vince Ector’s Organatomy
  • Indian classical performers from Creations Dance Academy
  • Calypso, Reggae African and Latin performances by Exodus Supreme
  • West African dance and drum/Yoruba folklore performance group EgunOmode

For more information on XRootsFest, visit www.twotowns.org/Xrootsfest or call 973-761-6116.

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