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Issue of October 15, 2014
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'World' festival set for Aug. 9

July 30, 2014 | 09:47 AM

Celebrating its 15th year, World on the Square will return to Corydon's downtown on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 4 to 8 p.m. with some of the free festival's most popular performers returning. After the Ohio Valley Native American Veteran Warrior Society presents the American flag, bagpiper David Stewart, marching through the crowd in his kilt, will again kick off the entertainment. At 4:15, crowd-pleasing Raqia and her troop will return to do their Middle Eastern dance (aka belly dancing.) They will be followed by another longtime favorite, a tae kwon do demonstration by Master Rick Haines and his students, who also will be part of the South Korea exhibit. At 5:45, the dance show Bomba y Plena will begin. Plena is a narrative song from Puerto Rico, and Bomba is a style of music and dance imported from West Africa during the time of slavery. The evening of free live music — with opportunities to dance — will peak with the Salsa Rhythms band (piano, trumpets, conga drums, bongo drums, timbales and vocalists).

Festival attendees also can "wander around the world" through 25 exhibits. Children, as well as adults, can get "passports" at the Community Unity booths. When they have gotten answers to their passport questions from the exhibitors, they can return to the main CU booth and choose a prize.

Longtime exhibitor Scotland will be present again as well as new exhibits like Somalia.

Festival goers can also visit Mexico, China, Iran, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Native American booths.

People are urged to bring their camera for a chance to capture their children or friends' faces in a wooden cut-out of festival costumes from around the world. A group of local artists will present this event, based on the countries featured in Community Unity's "World Comes to Harrison County" educational online exhibit. The Indiana University Southeast Center for Cultural Resources will continue this theme in the International Games area where everyone can play games that immigrants to Harrison County might have played.

One change from past years is that ethnic food vendors will replace the international tasting. Ethnic snacks from Italy, Mexico and elsewhere will be for sale outside the square.

For more information or to volunteer (students and adults are needed to help with set-up, exhibits, games, etc.), people can go online to The rain location is Corydon Central High School, located at 375 Country Club Road.

Community Unity's World on the Square is supported by local businesses and organizations which will be listed at the event.

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