Festival Program

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We’re pleased to announce the main stage lineup of performers for the First Annual International Festival of Holland. Click here for the Festival Schedule.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi will lead the show with a pow wow style drum and dance presentation. The dance styles will include men’s traditional, men’s grass dance, men’s fancy dance, women’s traditional, women’s jingle, and women’s fancy shawl. Dancers honor and respect the materials used to create their regalia such as eagle feathers, animal hides and pelts, family heirlooms, and spiritual items. The audience will be invited to come and dance for an intertribal song.

Ara Topouzianis an Armenian-American musician and nationally-recognized expert at the KANUN (Middle Eastern harp). His traditional music style keeps to his Armenian heritage but has expanded to include music from around the Middle East, as well as jazz, fusion, new age and blues. The recipient of numerous awards, Ara Topouzian’s music has been heard and sold around the globe.

The Chinese Association of West Michigan (CAWM) advances cross-cultural understanding between China and the US and between the Chinese community and other ethnic groups. Their presentation of Chinese folk dance with classic Chinese music and dress will promote the rich Chinese cultural heritage and traditions of the region.

A native of Uganda, East Africa; Samuel Nalangira is a folk/world musician, dancer and choreographer who has been performing since childhood. He is a multi instrumentalist and a master at many traditional instruments including the Adungu from northern Uganda, Akogo from Eastern Uganda, Endingidi, percussion and Ngoni. His music carries a true identity of the sub Saharan skies.

Companeros Flamenco brings the vibrant art of Flamenco to life. Their colorful costumes, compelling guitar music and intricate footwork tel the story of Spain’s multicultural heritage. Audiences are entertained, enlightened, and inspired.

Zeeland Christian Mandarin Immersion Group Students from grades K-7 learn to speak, read, and write in Mandarin Chinese. Their short skit will serve as a warm-up act for the Chinese Association of West Michigan’s performance.

Ballet Folklorico Sol Azteca brings the Latino culture experience through folklórico dance, music, costume design, and construction. A program of Holland Public Schools, this group of PreK-12 dancers are taught dances from various regions of Mexico by Angela Gonzalez-Urbina and mentored by Holland High School students and alumni.

“You can’t just listen to Taiko drumming, you have to feel it!”

The Raion Taiko Japanese drumming ensemble from the Great Lakes Taiko Center will get your heart racing with an exciting and unforgettable performance. From the deep thunderous sounds of the 3.5 foot diameter Odaiko to the quiet and subtle beauty of the bamboo flute, the beating of the drums reaches deep into your soul.

Surabhi Ensemble is a global music and dance collective representing different cultures. Their performances include Arab Maqam music from North Africa, the Middle East, as well as Spanish flamenco, with Andalusia, Spain (Al-Andalus in Arabic). The mission of the Surabhi Ensemble is to demonstrate the connections between cultures and to teach a positive message of togetherness in connections between cultures.

Stone Sound Collective  unites diverse musicians and instruments to create a new global soundscape. Led by composer/multi-percussionist Mark Stone, the group performs new music drawing on Stone’s wide-ranging compositional influences, stretching from American jazz to traditional African music and classical Indian music to European concert music. In the group, Stone plays the newly-invented array mbira, an American-made 120 key lamellaphone and several traditional melodic African instruments, including the Ghanaian gyil, Ugandan akogo, and South African karimba. He is joined by Marwan Amen-Ra (djembe, congas, and gome) and Vinod Seetharaman (mridangam, kanjira, and thavil), both master percussionists who bring a wide-range of performance experience and artistry to the Stone Sound Collective.

Tumbao Bravo will perform the authentic rhythms of Cuba with rich, jazz harmonic compositions written by band members. Mambo, cha cha cha, rumba and bolero with congas, bongos, timbales, Latin percussion, saxophone, trumpet, keyboard, and bass. Expect to be dazzled by the engaging interplay of instruments, sizzling solos, and dancing grooves. A joyful sound that celebrates life. Winner of 4 Detroit Music Awards.

Who will be our Masters of Ceremony? We’ve got a surprise announcement coming soon!