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[ARCHIVED] Canton’s Liberty Fest To Showcase Cultures From Around The Globe During 2014 International Festival

Canton’s Liberty Fest To Showcase Cultures From Around The Globe During 2014 International Festival

Canton, MI – June 4, 2014 - Canton's Liberty Fest continues its popular tradition of hosting an International Festival during its highly-anticipated summer community event. Join in a celebration of diversity as a variety of cultures from around the world will be showcased on Saturday, June 14, 2014, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Heritage Park Amphitheater, located in Canton, MI.

Festival-goers are encouraged to stop by the Amphitheater stage on Saturday to enjoy music and dance that communicates across cultural and linguistic barriers from countries across the globe, including: Albania; China; India; Italy; Sri Lanka; Spain; the United States of America; Tahiti; New Zealand; South Korean; and Polynesia.

“Our International Festival is a great opportunity for audience members to experience music and dance from around the globe at one location,” said Canton Arts Coordinator Jennifer Tobin. “Audiences will be delighted as the stage comes alive with colorful costuming, exotic instruments and stirring rhythms when these talented individuals share their heritage and some traditions that date back centuries.”

Performers expected to take the stage, include Soprano Corinthia Sims and Tenors Tom Cilluffo and Dorian Dillard presented by the Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan. These talented singers will perform from 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Soprano Corinthia Sims is currently attending Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina and is a previous first place winner in the vocal classical division of the NAACP ACT-SO Competition, held annually in Los Angeles, CA. In addition, Sims was also the first place winner of the George Shirley African-American Art Song and Operatic Aria Competition in 2011. Tenor Tom Cilluffo is currently a Junior Vocal Performance major studying under Professor George Shirley at the University of Michigan and has been a part of over 45 productions. Tenor Dorian Dillard is a senior music education major at Claflin University, in Orangeburg, South Carolina and most recently won the District NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Auditions, advancing to regionals.

Other acts include: PC-Chinese Learning Center; Chinese Dance Group of Anna Lou; Sitar performers Monica Prasad & Anuj Patel with Prashant Javkar on the Tabla; Hoaloha Polynesian Dancers; Dimas & Sherin of Nuevo Ritmo Latin Dancers; K-Pop Club; New Century Chinese School; Little Chinese Angels and the Sunshine Children's Choir; Bin Wu Blossom Flowers; the Yangtzee Melody Group with the Hua-Ching Dance Group and Troy Chinese Folk Dance Team; Triple Threat Dance & Theatre Company; Dance ~ The Life Mantra Academy; Indian Folk Dance by Parul Shah; the Albanian Folk Dance Group from the Balkan American Community Center; songs by Julzie Gravel, as well as the New Hope Baptist Church of Wayne's Steppers, Mimes, and Praise Dancers.

This year’s dynamic performances at the International Festival are appropriate for children, adults, seniors, and students. Over a dozen acts are scheduled to appear to celebrate a wide range of cultural offerings at the Heritage Park Amphitheater. This global celebration will also include cultural exhibits on display featuring worldly and exotic items for sale creating a festive international atmosphere.

Canton Leisure Services is hosting three action-packed days of family fun from June 12 – 14, 2014, in beautiful Heritage Park, located adjacent to Canton’s Administration Building, west of Canton Center Road between Cherry Hill Road and Summit Parkway. For more detailed information about this year’s International Festival and all things related to Canton’s Liberty Fest, please visit or call 734/394-5460.

Media Contact: Jennifer Tobin, Canton Arts Coordinator- 734/394-5484.

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