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

Activities

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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. 

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

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.