Third Annual People Fest celebrates Manchester’s Heritage and Cultures

Music, Dance, Exhibits, Art and Food on August 29 at Veterans Park

 

For the third year People Fest returns to Veterans Park in Manchester, celebrating the heritage, cultures and global diversity of the Queen City. This event is free and will take place from 10:00am to 6:00pm rain or shine.

 

A day full of live entertainment on the World Stage includes Irish, Native Americans, Greek, Nepali, Mexican and African dancers. Rahel Limor will sing “Jewish Soul”. Other performers include Muchachos, Granite State Cloggers, Smoked Kielbasa, and Strathsprey & Reel Society of New Hampshire.

 

Ethnic and educational items will be displayed by dozens of groups such as The Haitian Community Center, Arab-American Forum, several African organizations and families from Poland and Rwanda. Currier Museum Art Center is presenting an exhibit of art for children. Other vendors will provide face painting, Henna Tattoo and a host of attractive activities.

 

For the first time, this family event includes a Mini Zoo Exhibit from 10:00am to 2:00 pm. On display will be a diverse mixture of species that would be found in nature in many geographies and relevant to many human cultures around the world. Professional staff of “Wildlife Encounter Traveling Zoo” will engage visitors with information about the species and their impact on local cultures. This exhibit is also free.

 

Of course foods and beverages will be available all day from hot dogs to Mexican, Portuguese, Brazilian, Arabic and more.

 

For the second year, People Fest will share Veterans Park with Art on the Park providing culture, education and fun for the entire family!

 

“ Thanks to increasing community support and enthusiasm, People Fest is growing, offering more programs and attracting more people even beyond the city of Manchester,” said Nabil Migalli, president of People Fest.

Participants come from other New Hampshire communities such as Barrington, Plymouth and Webster, and even from North Berwick, ME.

 

Silver Sponsors of this year’s festival are Citizens Bank, Moore Center Services and St. Mary’s Bank. Major Sponsors are AARP, Daddy’s Junky Music, Hippo Press, Intown Manchester, Manchester Express, Merchants Automotive Group, NH Minority Health Coalition, St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Triangle Credit Union and Workplace Befits Solutions.

 

 

People Fest Performance Schedule

(Subject to Change)

10:00 AM- OPENING REMARKS

 

10:05 AM MUCHACHOS

 

10:20 AM NATIVE AMERICAN DANCER

 

10:35AM GRANITE STATE CLOGGERS

 

10:50AM IRISH DANCERS

 

11:15AM KELLEY MORRIS & THE FALLEN FREE Bluesy-folk Band with Singer Kelley Morris

 

12:15 PM INDIAN MUSIC

 

12:55PM AMOSKEAG STRUMMERS Dixieland Band

 

1:35 PM GREEK DANCERS Boston Lykeion Ellinidon

 

2:05PM MEXICAN BAND

 

2:35PM SMOKED KEILBASA Playing Music of many countries

 

3:35 PM AFRICAN DINKA DANCERS

 

3:50 PM INDIAN DANCERS Indian Association of New Hampshire

 

4:00 PM RAHEL LIMOR Israeli Singer

 

4:30 PM NEPAL DANCERS

 

4:45PM MEXICAN DANCERS

 

5:00 PM STRATHSPREY & REEL SOCIETY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

6:00 PM END