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Grand Rapids Public Museum Ethnic Heritage Festival

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Free admission, Irish, Pacific Island and Indian dance groups, multicultural drum group WaZoBia, food and beer from around the world — these are just a few reasons why the annual Ethnic Heritage Festival at the Grand Rapids Public Museum is so popular.  The festival is back for 2010, on February 6.  The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Taste of Soul Sunday, February 22

The Main Branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library will host Taste of Soul Sunday to celebrate African American history and culture on Sunday February 22, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Sample African American art, music, literature, history and food samples provided by Sandmann’s, Jamaican Dave’s and Selam Store. All events are free and open to the public.

 Here is a schedule of events:

 On Stage In the Ryerson Auditorium

 1:15 pm – Storyteller La’Ron Williams,

2:00 pm – R&B singer Jamal Chilton

2:45 pm – R&B singer Fowziyah

3:30 pm – Rapper Naeink and the Pure Harmony Dance Team

4:15 pm – Gospel singer Debra Perry

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• Public Museum Host Free Ethnic Heritage Festival

Ethnic Heritage Festival

Bearing the name of a new title sponsor, the Public Museum’s annual event – the DTE Energy Foundation Ethnic Heritage Festival,  will be held Saturday, February 7, 2009 from 9 am – 6 pm.  Visitors will receive free admission to the Museum to enjoy music, dance, crafts, displays and food representing various ethnic groups that call West Michigan home. 

The Planetarium will present gratis Everybody’s Sky: Star Stories from Around the World at 11 am, and 1, 2, 3 and 4 pm.  Guest can also view the Museum’s permanent exhibit “Newcomers: The People of This Place” which highlights over forty ethnic groups and looks at the personal journey stories of people who’ve settled in the greater Grand Rapids area.  Carousel rides will also be free.

Colorful and varied performances are scheduled throughout the day on two different stages.  Guests will enjoy the talents of Irish, Pacific Island, Chinese and Indian dance groups; the voices of GVSU/Gospel Choir; Edwin Joseph on the steel drum; and Dave O’Neil on the bagpipes and Irish flute.  Visitors can listen to storytellers and participate in craft demonstrations.  A variety of ethnic foods will be available for purchase, and visitors over the age of 21 can sample beers from around the world (including Belgium, the Czech Republic, England, Germany, Ireland and Japan) from 1-4 pm for just $6.  A showcase of traditional and modern ethnic fashions beginning at 12:30 pm will be emceed by Eva Aguirre Cooper, Community Affairs Director for WOOD TV, WOTV and WXSP.

Members of ethnic organizations will man display tables throughout the three floors of the Museum, sharing their unique cultures with guests.  Groups include the Edelweiss Club, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Chinese Association of West Michigan, Congress of North American Bosniaks, Finnish American Society of West Central Michigan, Gaelic League, Grand Rapids Scottish Society, Grand Rapids Sister Cities International, Latvian Association of Grand Rapids, Lithuanian American Community, Mexican Heritage Association, Philippine Cultural Group of Michigan, Polish Heritage Sons of Norway and the Swedish American Society.

You can see photos from last year’s Festival at

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• Tulipanes: Latino Art and Film Festival

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The eighth annual Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival is being held in Holland this weekend.  Tulipanes promotes a positive image of Latino youth, families, senior citizens, and professionals through a wonderful array of exhibits, performances, movies, and activities.   They are described in the Festival brochure, which you can download here (Tulipanes 2008) and on the Festival website:

• Asian Film Festival in Grand Rapids

The West Michigan Asian Film Festival gets underway on Sunday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m. with a showing of the film Imelda, winner of the 2004 Sundance Award.  For the first time, Marcos tells her own story on film: how she rose from humble origins to become one of the richest and most powerful women in contemporary world history.  

The West Michigan Asian Film Festival is sponsored by the Asian Health Outreach Foundation. The showing will occur at Celebrations Cinema at Knapp’s Corners in Grand Rapids.  For more information, contact Albert Yu Chang.

• Taste of Soul Sunday at the Grand Rapids Public Library, February 24

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents Taste of Soul Sunday, an annual event that features food sampling from local restaurants, lectures by local authors and artists, music and children’s activities.
Taste of Soul Sunday will be held on February 24 from 1-4 pm at the Main Library.

  • Various types of dance will be explored, including Praise Dancing, Capeoria, Step Dancing, and Ballroom Dancing.
  • Dr. Daniel McClure and Dr. Veta Tucker will present African American history lectures.
  • Artists Rose Hammond and Georgia Farr will discuss their artwork.
  • Hip-hop producer Needlez, radio personality Robert S., and hip-hop aficionado Governor Slugwell will discuss the music industry today.
  • There will be music performance by Acapella Horizon and Joseph Conyers and Sterling Jenkins from the Grand Rapids Symphony.
  • Area restaurants Jamaican Dave’s, Sandmann’s and Wing Heaven will provide food samplings.

Admission is free.  The Main Library is located at 111 Library Street NE.