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Travel the World in a Day at SPIFFS 42nd Annual International Folk Fair
October 27 to 30, 2016
VINOY WATERFRONT PARK
From October 27 to 30, St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society, Inc. (SPIFFS) and its ethnic member groups present the 42nd Annual International Folk Fair at Vinoy Park on St. Petersburg’s beautiful waterfront, transforming it into a micro-cosm of the world.
In addition to ethnic foods and cultural displays, Folk Fair offers a multitude of special entertainment in the form of dancing, singing and drumming by more than thirty ethnic groups. On the two school days (October 27 and 28), Giving Tree Music will engage groups of students in drum circles, and various student groups will be performing on the main stage.
On Saturday, October 29, the general public will enjoy cooking demonstrations, breathtaking music from Mongolia, featuring a beautiful instrument called Horse Head Violin (Morin Khuur), Polynesian dancers plus folk music and dancing from around the world. Be sure not to miss the Grand Parade of Nations at 2:00 pm, when members of the many SPIFFS ethnic groups will parade around the park, led by colorful bands, pipers and drummers. The parade will be followed by a swearing-in ceremony of new citizens.
In addition to SPIFFS member groups, the entertainment schedule includes New Horizon Band, Urban Gypsies, The Islanders Greek Band and more.
Folk dancing and music will be performed throughout the festival on two stages. From one end of the globe to the other, you will find outstanding performances and demonstrations from North America, Asia, Europe, and Africa, not to mention food, cultural arts and crafts, art displays and more…
SPIFFS is Tampa Bay’s own United Nations and the only independent non-profit, multi-cultural folk fair organization in the country. Folk Fair is your chance to travel the world in a day - without leaving the country. Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to take part in the magic of song, dance and foods from around the world.
October 27 & 28 9 am - 3 pm (schools only)
Saturday, October 29 10 am - 9 pm (general public)
Sunday, October 30 12 noon - 6 pm
Admission: Adults: $10.00 Students: $6.00
Children under 6 accompanied by adult: FREE
For more information, contact
St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society, Inc. (SPIFFS)