The 2021 International Festival of Holland will feature more than 70 artists bringing music and dance from across the globe to Holland. This free, family-friendly event takes place on Saturday, August 21st, 11:30 am to 9:00 pm, at the Holland Civic Center Place. Artists will perform on the Main Stage in the Great Hall and at the Children’s Stage in the Market View room.
The 2021 International Festival of Holland performers are:
- The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi will lead the show with a drum and dance presentation.
- Local talent from Ballet Folklórico Sol Azteca will bring the Latino cultural experience through folklórico dance, music and costume design/construction.
- Compañeros de Flamenco will bring the vibrant art of Flamenco to life with their colorful costumes, compelling guitar music and intricate footwork.
- Neil Jacobs – World 12 String Guitar covers the world vibe with Gypsy, World, Celtic, and Balkan Folk music.
- The Raion Taiko Japanese Drumming Ensemble from the Great Lakes Taiko Center will lead audiences on a journey through the quiet and subtle beauty of the bamboo flute to the thunderous sounds of the 3.5 foot diameter Okaido drum.
- Motherland House Concerts will paint a picture of Africa’s diversity by showcasing African musicians and poets, African music genres, and real-life stories from different African countries.
- Sangeeta’s Dance & Music of India will transport audiences to ancient India with her expert renditions of Odissi, the oldest classical dance form of India.
- Gratitude Steel Band will bring the quintessential sound of the Carribean with the captivating music of their steel drums.
- Tumbao Bravo will perform authentic rhythms of Cuba with rich, jazz harmonic compositions written by band members.
- Blackthorn will close the night out with a musical ramble across Ireland.
The Gentex Children’s Fiesta (1-5 pm in the Market View room) will feature a children’s stage with performances from Sangeeta’s Dance & Music of India, Gratitude Steel Band, UKEn (ukulele fun with Ken Freestone), and Neil Jacobs – World 12 String Guitar.
More information about the performers is available at internationalfestivalholland.com and by following along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter-search for International Festival of Holland.
“The International Festival offers so many opportunities for people of all ages to experience the music, dance, and food of the world in a fun, family-friendly way,” said Esther Fifelski, Director of the City’s Human Relations Department that facilitates the work of the International Relations Commission.
The International Festival of Holland is brought to you by the City of Holland’s International Relations Commission (IRC) and the International Festival of Holland Advisory Board.
The International Festival of Holland is supported by Midwest Communications WHTC 1450 AM and 99.7 FM & Van 92.7, the Gentex Corporation, Flagstar Foundation, Holland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Haworth, Inc., Quincy Street, Inc., the Holland Sentinel, Outfront Media, Benteler, LG Energy Solution Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College Lakeshore Campus, the Brooks Family Community Fund, the West Michigan Lakeshores Association of Realtors, EV Construction, and the World Affairs Council of West Michigan. The Festival is also supported through grants from Michigan Humanities, the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit internationalfestivalholland.com for a list of all sponsors and for additional sponsorship opportunities.