Only a short drive down the road towards Barnstable and Hyannis from the Inn I found the 14th Annual Multicultural Festival held at Cape Cod Community College. It was a full day of events that kept everyone involved in the exploration of the world around us. Their mission statement states the desire to “celebrate the pride of Cape Cod’s diversity by developing community awareness through sharing and experiencing its rich cultural heritage.” Dozens of countries were represented by exhibitors, cultural displays, vendors and performers. The Main Theater in the Tilden Arts Center held the majority of the days performances which was where my attention was focused. Dance, music and song were all offered by members of the Cape community as well as off Cape and guests from afar. Included were: dances of Taiwan, China, Persia, Africa, Egypt, Scotland, Ireland, and our own Wampanoag Nation. Also included in the dance forms were tango, liturgical and square dancing. There were so many interesting and vivid differences between forms. There were World Music performers displaying energetic musical numbers which asked audience and other dancers to come and join them on stage. One of the most engaging performers was Candida Rose from Cape Verde. With her strong, clear, pleasing voice she encouraged audience participation that could have lasted forever. She also told us stories of her homeland and some historical background of the dance customs and traditions. Food was available to keep people nourished throughout the day as they attended the fun and excitement of learning.
This was a very enjoyable day. I left feeling very alive, refreshed and stimulated. It was made very clear that Cape Cod has so much happening around us at all times. All we have to do is step out the door and take a few steps forward.