International Village Food & Music Festival
The popular Reggae band Liontracks is headlining this year’s International Village Food and Music Festival, being held from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 in Corpening Plaza. Admission is free.

Liontracks to Headline International Village Music and Food Festival This Saturday

Cultures from all over the world will be showcased and celebrated through music, dancing, fashion shows, food, arts and crafts vendors, and information booths.

The festival will be preceded by a naturalization ceremony at 11 a.m. in Corpening Plaza during which 25 people from 19 countries will become citizens of the United States.

Liontracks is scheduled to perform at 6:30 p.m. Also performing will be Sol, a Latino band; and Healing Force, performing African and World music.

By design, the festival coincides with Bookmarks’ Festival of Books and Authors, also being held downtown on Saturday, said Wanda Allen-Abraha, the director of human relations. “We are partnering with Bookmarks to provide a free WSTA shuttle to make it easy for attendees to go between the two events as well as to downtown parking lots and decks,” she said. “We all agreed that both events are valuable and important to our community, so it is great that we are supporting each other.”

Human Relations started International Village in 2011 as a section of the Rock the Block downtown street festival. When the city phased out Rock the Block, the Human Relations Commission continued to hold International Village as a stand-alone event. This year, the commission modified the name to better communicate the nature of the festival.
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