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CULTURES CONVERGE IN DOWNTOWN RALEIGH | Oct 2-4

The Raleigh Convention Center will welcome 45 cultures from around the world at the 24th International Festival of Raleigh on October 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2009.

A favorite Raleigh celebration, the Festival offers Triangle residents sights, sounds and tastes from around the globe with international food, music, dance and cultural exchange.

The yearly event provides a platform for local international non-profit groups to showcase their cultures and connect with the greater community. Each of the participating cultural groups contributes to the Festival as a whole by providing a performance or cultural exhibit from their native country. The creative and educational cultural exhibits are created around an annual theme, with “language” featuring as the leitmotif for 2009.

“The International Festival is the best thing this area has to offer” says Barbara Jones, a long-time Apex resident, who is hosting visitors traveling in for the Festival from Alabama.

In addition to the Festival’s traditional offerings of international food booths, bazaars, exhibits and dance, this year’s event will feature a music stage and the inauguration of Sophia’s Corner, a fun, interactive venue for children. Visitors can also participate in belly-, hula and Bollywood dance lessons, learn to cook exotic dishes, and travel the globe via an interactive Google Earth application.

This year’s featured performers on Main Stage are the Lyman Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, a nationally recognized dance troupe performing high-speed, energetic Ukrainian dances.

NC Lt. Governor Walter Dalton will help open the event by speaking at the Naturalization Ceremony for new American citizens, the traditional start to the Festival. Over 200 new Americans will take the oath of citizenship during the ceremony.

Tickets $6 at the door, $5 in advance. Visit www.InternationationFestival.org to learn more

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