NORWALK — Where can you watch someone dance the flamenco and enjoy traditional Jamaican food, consume Greek lore while downing halal, or take in the sounds of traditional Caribbean tunes with homemade Italian ice in hand?
The answer, and likely the only answer, is Norwalk’s NICE Festival, an annual celebration that highlights the rich global heritage and culture present in the city. See More.
Honoring Norwalk International Cultural Exchange’s commitment to increasing awareness of the diversity of people from around the world through arts and culture, NICE festival organizers have assembled a line-up of multi-cultural, celebratory sounds for all ages to enjoy. In addition to the featured live bands listed below, The NICE Festival, a daylong celebration of world cultures, will have dance performances, poetry readings, a special family performance and interactive arts area, international foods and craft vendors. READ MORE
Rosemond Joseph has a turban placed on his head during a turban tying demonstration by Pamma Singh Gulati and Manjit Singh at the Destination India event at Fodor Farm on Thursday, June 15, in Norwalk. The event is the kick-off reception for the second annual Norwalk International Cultural Exchange, NICE festival on July 8 at Oyster Shell Park in Norwalk.
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“Think globally, act locally” might as well be the motto of the Norwalk International Cultural Exchange, founded in 2014 to celebrate the community’s rich traditions and cultures. This second annual festival features African drumming, Irish step dancing, a steel band orchestra, and lots more. When you get hungry, choose from a global smorgasbord, including Central and South American, Asian, Caribbean, and soul food as well as barbecue. READ MORE
NORWALK — The Norwalk International Cultural Exchange is ready for round two of the cultural festival it debuted last year to much success.
Janet Evelyn, executive director of the nonprofit NICE Inc., which hosts the festival in conjunction with the Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department, said there has been substantially more excitement and buzz leading up to the July festival than there was last year.
“By all accounts the festival is growing, and in its second year is emerging as a leading attraction for the city of Norwalk,” Evelyn said. “Some comments that were made included that it perfectly reflected the population and honored the diversity of Norwalk, so those are all good things that we heard.” READ MORE
Of course you want to be part of the amazing NICE festival on July 8th! Read all about it in The Norwalk Hour interview with NICE’s Executive Director, Janet Evelyn. THEN sign up to volunteer, be a part of this all-are-welcome community music, food, art event!
The Hour – 05/08/2017
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