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Celebrating the Tastes, Sounds, and Spirit of Richardson

In honor of our globally oriented community, the City of Richardson will celebrate the inaugural Culture in the CORE event on Saturday, June 4 in Downtown Richardson. The free event takes place from noon-5 p.m. and will feature a variety of international cuisines and vendors, as well as multicultural dance and music performances.

Hundreds of different cultures are represented within our 28 square miles. It's what makes Richardson special. We're known as the International Business Capital of North Texas by the Texas legislature, and named "best foodies city" in Texas as one of the most diverse areas in Dallas-Fort Worth region for ethnic food. In fact, one in every five Richardson residents were born outside of the United States.

Come feast on international cuisine, shop for treasures from around the globe, and enjoy multicultural entertainment as local cultural groups share their music and dance traditions.  We're bringing together Richardson's diverse communities to have fun, to learn, and to experience the music, dance, foods, and arts of different cultures. 

 

Parking and admission are free. 

 

Performances - Saturday, June 4 | 12:00pm - 5:00pm

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Cuban Artist Idania - Acoustic Street Performance

200 E. Main Street (Isabelly's Chocolates) | 12:00PM

Idania grew up in Cienfuegos, Cuba, and moved to Dallas in 2016. She sings popular songs by Celia Cruz, Nina Simone and Barbra Streisand, as well as Cuban jazz. 

Idania will play at the corner of Main Street and McKinney Street in front of Isabelly's Chocolates and Sweets at 200 E. Main Street

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Mariachi Orgullo de LV Berkner High School

Main Stage - Main Street Lawn | 12:00PM

Mariachi is a genre of regional Mexican music that dates back to at least the 18th century, evolving over time in the countryside of various regions of western Mexico. Richardson's Berkner High School's Mariachi Orgullo will kick off the Main Stage performances. 

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Buddha's Light International Association: Dance

Main Stage - Main Street Lawn | 12:20PM

Buddha's Light International Association will be performing a Chinese cultural dance called the Nan Ping Evening Bell - Line Dance.

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Bavarian Folk Dance Performed by Schuhplattler und Trachtenverein Almrausch 

Main Stage - Main Street Lawn | 12:30PM

The STV Almrausch has been performing authentic dances and music from Germany and Austria for many years. Dancers execute hearty Schuhplattlers (shoe-slapping dances), intricate Ländlers (figure dances), and a variety of specialty dances. And for something really unique, STV Almrausch even plays familiar German and Austrian songs on the cow bells!

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Polyphonic Dallas - Turkish Dance and Song

Main Stage - Main Street Lawn | 1:00PM

With its diverse history, culture, and geography, Turkey is also the home of great art and music. Raindrop Foundation's own Polyphonic Dallas will present three beloved Turkish classics that won the hearts of millions. Their diverse selection of music includes Baris Manco’s Sari Cizmeli Mehmet Aga, Nazende Sevgilim and Dokunma by Orhan Gencebay. Polyphonic Dallas combines classic western musical instruments with traditional Turkish instruments such as kanun and saz to create a unique sound that will introduce the listeners to the exciting, dynamic complexity of Turkish music.

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Kelvin Thomas - Acoustic Street Performance

200 E. Main Street (Isabelly's Chocolates) | 1:00PM

Kelvin is an emerging Soul Folk/Americana artist whose Deep East Texas roots tint his original works.

Kelvin will play at the corner of Main Street and McKinney Street in front of Isabelly's Chocolates and Sweets at 200 E. Main Street

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Richardson Symphony Orchestra Percussion Trio 

Main Street Lawn | 1:20PM

Founded in 1961, the Richardson Symphony has grown with the DFW metroplex and is recognized as one of the premiere orchestras of the region. Throughout its history, the orchestra has been known for its innovative programming and as a showplace for brilliant up-and-coming talent. 

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Dallas Musical Outreach - Street Performance

200 S. Greenville Avenue - Pop-Up Art Gallery | 2:00PM

Dallas Musical Outreach works to spread the joy and spirit of music in all spaces! By incorporating the talents of UT Dallas students and utilizing them to better the community, DMO serves not only the campus, but the entire metroplex. The organization specifically assists the students of UTD by giving them an outlet for musical expression, allowing for greater celebration of music on campus. DMO raises awareness for music around campus, funds for local low-income music programs, and spirits of UTD’s students and audiences everywhere DMO ensembles perform.

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Texas Chinese Cultural Association: Song and Dance

Main Stage - Main Street Lawn | 2:05PM & 2:30PM

A celebration of Asian cultures through dance, song, demonstration, and more.

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Theta Mu Zeta: Step Team

Main Stage - Main Street Lawn | 2:10PM

Step team routines are a form of dancing with roots steeped in African-American culture. At the same time, the modern step teams are all-inclusive, with a diverse range of races, genders, and cultural backgrounds shared by the members. Most of all, though, they share a passion for the dance.

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Black History Month Essay Contest and Art Winners

Main Stage - Main Street Lawn | 2:20

Local students were invited to participate in the celebration of local cultural contributions through an annual essay and art contest. Begun by the Richardson City Council to promote diversity and inclusion, the contests are in partnership with Richardson ISD, Plano ISD and UT Dallas. Students who reside within the City of Richardson, and those who attend a RISD or PISD school within the city, were eligible to enter.  Learn More & View Winners

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JK Wong Academy: Tai Chi and Kung Fu Demos

Main Stage - Main Street Lawn | 2:40PM

Tai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for defense training, health benefits, and meditation. Tai chi has practitioners worldwide. Kung Fu refers to the Chinese martial arts also called wushu and quanfa. In China, it refers to any study, learning, or practice that requires patience, energy, and time to complete. There are many forms of kung fu, such as Shaolin Kung Fu, Wing Chun, Tai chi, etc., and they are practiced all over the world. 

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Honin: Acoustic Street Performance

200 S. Greenville Avenue - Pop-Up Art Gallery | 2:45PM

HONIN is a singer-songwriter based in the DFW area. Foundations of Groove-Pop combined with an air of R&B, electronic, and jazz all coalesce to make her individual sound. She’s inspired by the groove of popular music, while softly embedding intricate lyrics and harmonies.

 

Honin will play at the corner of Polk Street and Greenville Avenue in front of the Pop-Up Art Gallery at 200 S. Greenville Avenue

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Key LeBlanc

Main Stage - Main Street Lawn | 2:55PM

Key LeBlanc is a singer-songwriter, self-taught guitarist, published author, composer, and philanthropist with a knack for expressing herself through music and service. She’s a Louisiana native with a unique and gentle sound. Key LeBlanc manages to combine Pop, Soul, R&B, Rock, and Afro-beat elements into a uniquely beautiful package, which brings sounds of airy warmth to her audience.

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Grace Hula - Dance

Main Stage - Main Street Lawn | 3:45PM

Hula is a Polynesian dance form accompanied by chant or song, which is a cognate of "meke" from the Fijian language. It was developed in the Hawaiian Islands by the Polynesians who originally settled there. Hula dancing is a complex art form, and there are many hand motions used to represent the words in a song or chant. Hand movements can signify aspects of nature, such as the swaying of a tree in the breeze or a wave in the ocean, or a feeling or emotion, such as fondness or yearning. 

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Arathi School of Dance: Bharatanatyam Dance

Main Stage - Main Street Lawn | 4:10PM

Bharatanatyam, a pre-eminent Indian classical dance form presumably the oldest classical dance heritage of India is regarded as mother of many other Indian classical dance forms. Conventionally a solo dance performed only by women, it initiated in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu and eventually flourished in South India. 

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JK Wong Academy: Lion Dance

Main Stage - Main Street Lawn | 4:45PM

The lion dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture and other Asian countries in which performers mimic a lion's movements in a lion costume to bring good luck and fortune. 

 

Activities

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Henna Artist | All Day

Located on the Main Lawn

The art of Henna—called mehndi in Hindi and Urdu—has been practiced in Pakistan, India, Africa, and the Middle East for over 5000 years. It was originally used for its natural cooling properties for the people living in hot desert climates. A paste would be made, in which the palms of hands and soles of feet would be soaked. It was also used for medicinal purposes and applied to the skin to treat such ailments as stomach aches, burns, headaches, and open wounds.

Today, Henna is mainly used in celebration of special occasions such as weddings and birthdays in the joyous gathering of people.

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WaterMarbling | All Day

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Since the 12th-century cultures throughout Central and East Asia have marbled paper as a form of art, social connection, and cultural practice. By treating water with a medium you can then use specially formulated paints to drop, dip, and swirl otherworldly patterns directly onto the water’s surface.

Water marbling has been around for hundreds of years with roots in Japan, China, Turkey, and various other cultures. Two of the most popular forms of water marbling are the Japanese art of paper marbling called suminagashi and the Turkish art of ebru.

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Paper Cutting, Origami | 12-1:30pm

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Origami is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. In modern usage, the word "origami" is used as an inclusive term for all folding practices, regardless of their culture of origin. The goal is to transform a flat square sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques.

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Calligraphy Demonstration | 1:30-3:30pm

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Calligraphy is a visual art related to writing. It is the design and execution of lettering with a pen, ink brush, or other writing instrument. A contemporary calligraphic practice can be defined as "the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious, and skillful manner". 

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Chinese Yo-Yo Teaching - Diabolo | 3:00-5:00pm

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Often called the Chinese Yo-Yo, the diabolo is a challenging yet fun skill toy. Once the diabolo is spinning, it will balance on the string suspended between the two sticks. With practice, a performer can loop, hop, flip, throw, catch, etc. the diabolo to top that last trick learned or for the amazement of an audience. 

Event & Parking Map

A large parking lot is located at Texas Street and Kaufman Street for festivalgoers, with overflow parking at the RISD Administration Building. An event bus will be rotating between the RISD Administration Building and the event from 11:00am to 6:00pm. See map below for more details on event locations and parking. 

 
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Vendors & Participating Restaurants and Retail Stores

Visit one of our participating Downtown restaurants and retailers during the festival and help support our local businesses. 

 
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Participating Restaurants- Storefronts (See Map)

  1. Maria's Chinese Bakery - Chinese

  2. Gopal Vegetarian Restaurant - Indian

  3. Kirin Court - Chinese

  4. His Tea - Taiwanese

  5. First Emperor Chinese - Chinese

  6. Staycation Coffee - American

  7. Del's Charcoal Burgers - American

  8. Yummy Burgers & BBQ - American (Halal/Zabiha)

  9. Madina Mediterranean - Mediterranean

  10. Main Street Tavern - American

  11. Isabelly's Chocolates & Sweets - American

  12. First Chinese BBQ - Chinese

  13. Boba Latte - Taiwanese 

  14. Chameli Restaurant -  Bangladesh, Indian, and Pakistan

  15. Fratello Pizza & Grill - Italian (Halal)

  16. Sweet Shop Dallas - Middle Eastern/American Desserts, Turkish Coffee, Italian Soda 

  17. Sultan Cafe - Mediterranean

  18. Afrah Mediterranean Restaurant and Pastries- Lebanese and Mediterranean

Festival Food Vendors (Located on Main Street Lawn)

  • Scoop 'N Buns - Filipino Ice Cream

  • Raindrop of Dallas - Turkish Baked Goods

  • His Tea - Boba Tea - Taiwanese

  • Greenville Avenue Pizza Co - Pizza/Italian

  • Monkey King Noodle Co. 

  • Lely's - Paella (Spanish) and Arepas (Venezuelan) 

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Participating Retailers - Storefronts (See Map)

  1. Bombay Boutique - Indian Dress Shop

  2. Bombay Sari Palace - Indian Clothing Store & Dress Shop

  3. Aarti Jewelers - Indian Custom Jewelry 

  4. Caraway Strings - Music Instruments Store

  5. Lone Chimney Mercantile - Local Art and Gift Shop

  6. Middle Eastern Boutique - Middle Eastern Clothing & Gifts 

  7. Star Pipes - Tobacco Shop

  8. Prana Haven - Metaphysical Supply Store

  9. Shell Convenience - Convenience Store

  10. SmartLooks - Window and Wall Decor 

Festival Retail Vendors (Located on Main Street Lawn)

  • Allie Kat Designs

  • Altar Events

  • Art of Twisted Nail LLC

  • Bia Soul Studio

  • Body Jam Essentials LLC

  • Braided One

  • CAYLO

  • Curious Candles

  • Cushion Cosies

  • G4 Hats

  • Ginger's Soul

  • Like Clay Co.

  • Lio Jimenez Creations

  • LOVEATFIRSTWEAR

  • Mavi Clay

  • Melanin Home Scents

  • Miroslava Jewelry

  • Miss Atomic Bomb

  • Neighborhood Supply Co.

  • Painted in the House

  • Pieces Of Us By Us

  • Prana Haven

  • Puzzles of Color

  • Rock Candy Jewelry

  • RS Creative Studio

  • SHN HOME

  • Sistar's Of Serenity

  • That Girl Who Makes Jewelry Creation

  • Ugly Soap Company

 

Cultural Booths

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India Association of North Texas

Based in Richardson

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Richardson Interfaith Alliance

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Raindrop of Dallas

Based in Richardson

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North Texas Chinese Cultural Association

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Buddha's Light International Association

Based in Richardson

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Dallas Chinese Community Center 

Based in Richardson

Vendors

Vendors are managed by Boho Market, and must register with Boho Market for this event. Please note Boho Market does not allow MLM, direct-sales or non-product based businesses to set up as a vendor. No alcohol will be sold during this event. 

 

Polk St. Pop Up Cultural Art Exhibit - 200 S. Greenville Ave.

Polk Street Pop Up, powered by Central Arts, will be located at 200 S. Greenville Avenue from 12-5pm. Stop by and view incredible pieces by local artist that celebrate diversity and cultures. In addition, winners of the City of Richardson's Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Essay Contest and Black History Month - Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion Art Contest will be featured in this exhibit. To view the essay and art winners, visit https://www.cor.net/our-city/art-and-essay-contest

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Sponsored by the City of Richardson with the help and assistance of:
 

  • Richardson CORE District Merchants

  • Artist Uprising

  • Boho Market

  • Richardson ISD

  • First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park

  • Central Arts