One World @ One Place
Sunday 29th October 2017 Empire State Plaza – Convention Center (From 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM, )
Click here to see Directions and Parking information Click here to see Parking Lots and Parking Charges information Attractions: Parade of Nations, Crowning of Miss Festival of Nations, Native Dance and Music, Ethnic Foods, Unique Crafts, and much more.
Celebrate the World
In the spring of 1972, several ethnic group leaders got together with an idea to organize an art and cultural festival in the Capital District.The purpose was three-fold.  The first was to prove how well people with diverse backgrounds can work together and have lots of fun doing it;the second was to present a glimpse of the world to the residents of the Capital District; and the third was t...
Cultural Fiesta
Please join us at the spectacular representation of the Global Cultural Integration @One Place on Sunday, October 23rd 2016  This idea was soon turned into a reality and first ethnic festival was held on October 27, 1972.  We named it “Festival of Nations”.  It was held at the Hudson Valley Community Collage.It was welcomed so much that thousands of people h...
Bringing Community Together
The word got around about us – how much enjoyment we offer for the family on one Sunday afternoon in the Fall of every year.  Now there are several international bazaars/festivals in the area.  They are organized by different institutions.  Our Festival of Nations remains the original.  It is unique, in the sense that we, the participating nations, ourselves, organize everythin...
See You at the Empire Plaza
 This year, we are celebrating our 45th annual Festival with you! We hope you enjoy your few hours with us by looking at the arts and crafts from different parts of the world; by tasting delicious ethnic foods; and by being part of the audience indulging in the music with rhythm and dances representing various cultures and traditions of the world.
History of The Festival of Nations
  In the spring of 1972, several ethnic group leaders got together with an idea to organize an art and cultural festival in the Capital District.The purpose was three-fold.  The first was to prove how well people with diverse backgrounds can work together and have lots of fun doing it;the second was to present a glimpse of the world to the residents of the Capital District; and the t...

Colombia

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  • Local Community Information

The group “Ritmos Colombianos” promotes awareness and appreciation of our rich culture with our dances, foods, crafts and the friendliness of our  people.  Contact: Myriam Santos at (518) 371-4568.

  • Website

www.ColombiaEsPasion.com

www.CumbiaSpirit.com

  • Performance

‘La Cumbia del Amor’ (“The Cumbia of Love” – Cumbia) Song by: Fernando Vargas
Choreography: Carlos Osorio of Cumbia Spirit School of Dance.

This song & dance represents the core of the Cumbia, celebrating the love, patience & playfulness of courtship between the African male and the most proud native female. The candles represent the guiding light of the Spirit which guide us with hope and joy. Guepa/Guepaje/Wepa are shouts of joy in our culture.

‘Alma Llanera’ (“Soul of the Plains” – Joropo) Song by Juan Vicente Torrealba
Choreography: Carlos Osorio of Cumbia Spirit School of Dance.

Joropo means: fiesta (dance party) in the plains of the Eastern part of Colombia. Its origen is from Spanish descent that left us with the costumes and the music. Colorful skirts  and  fast music, females dance playfully.  Moves initiated by males with the skill of horse riders and adventurous people of the plains. Joropo is from the Arabic language “Xorop” (jarabe).

The instruments are the harp, cuatro (the fourth -small size guitar) y maracas (shakers), plus the singing.

The dance includes the counter-plotting (contrapunteos) in its various forms which is an essential part of joropo. There are two contrapunteos: the one that takes place between the instruments and voice, or between two or more singers from improvisation of verses and songs. This is one of the special features of this genre.

Scandinavian saying:  “If you dance, sing and go camping, YOU’LL LIVE LONGER”

Available for House Parties & group events, Call for rates 845-679-2704
Cumbia Spirit School of Dance (new mailing address):
P.O. BOX 263
BEARSVILLE, NY 12409
Ph/Fax 845-679-2704

Or Visit our website http://www.CumbiaSpirit.com
Note: CSSD mailing list is for your enjoyment. Comments are welcomed, thank you.

  •  Foods

Various dishes will be sold such as: meat pies (empanadas),corn pies with cheese (arepas con queso), rice with chicken (arroz con pollo), corn bread (torta de maiz), ripe plantains (platanos maduros) and tamales.

  • Miss Festival Candidate

Name of the contestant:  JULIANA NIKOLE RIEBEL

Name of the dances: Cumbia ” CUMBIA DEL AMOR”
                                           Joropo  “ALMA LLANERA”

  • Arts and Crafts

 

Showcasing the finest “Jewerly” and typical crafts from Colombian artisans, from a wide variety of colors and shapes.

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