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Mid-Ohio Valley Multicultural Festival goes online this year

PARKERSBURG — The 2020 Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival will go virtual this year starting at 6 p.m. today.

More information, a schedule and links to the performances are available at movmcf.org and the Facebook page facebook.com/MOVMCF/.

The first virtual event will be held through 6 p.m. Sunday.

The in-person event, held in June at City Park, will not be held this year because of the pandemic.

The schedule is:

Today

¯ 6 p.m.: Welcome.

¯ 6:30 p.m.: To get this virtual party started with the traditional Louisiana country sound of Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Cha’s at the Grand Ole Opry. Williams formed The Cha Chas in 1985 and has since then brought his take on this regional South Louisiana music to all corners of the globe. From Lincoln Center in New York to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, William’s music has crossed all barriers to speak to the very heart of an audience.

¯ 8 p.m.: Here to entertain again with a bit more Zydeco music, Roy Carrier and The Night Rockers.

¯ 9 p.m.: Creative Flame and Ohio Burn Unit. Creative Flame blends the art of fire dance with mystic arts, a touch of Cirque, Vaudeville, sideshow, and even comedy or burlesque, backed by live drumming, tribal rhythms, and electronic beats. All the shows of Ohio Burn Unit revolve around the central theme of fire and flames, adding extra spice to every exhibition. Enjoy!

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Saturday

¯ 11 a.m.: Starting off is the Gathering of Nations 2017, considered to be the biggest Powwow in the world, a celebration of the nation’s forefathers. Check back hourly for a full day of performances.

¯ Noon: Two types of Russian dance. Kalinka and Beryozka.

¯ 1 p.m.: Books to help with the difficult discussion with children about race, prejudice, racism and resistance.

¯ 2 p.m.: Instructional videos for crafters to make a God’s Eye for kids, a God’s Eye Mandala, a rain stick and a sun catcher.

¯ 3 p.m.: Indian Classical Dance. Three performances have been selected: Shiva Shambho; Yamini Kalluri, a professional Kuchipudi dancer based in New York City where she teaches, dances and performs; and Maryam Shakiba-Odissi Dance, one of the eight classical dance forms of India.

¯ 4 p.m.: Box On, a Polish polka band.

¯ 5 p.m.: Irish dancers from all around Ireland

¯ 6 p.m.: Continuing with the Irish theme, The Prodigals, which has performed at the Multi-Cultural Festival three times.

¯ 7 p.m.: A-WA, Yemeni sisters who immigrated to Israel, combine contemporary themes with traditional sound.

¯ 8 p.m. Reggae music from The Flow Band from Pittsburgh.

¯ 9 p.m.: Another reggae band, The Ark Band from Columbus.

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Sunday

¯ Noon: Sunday Worship Service

¯ 1 p.m.: El Corazon de Mexico, based in Toledo, will present Colombian Folk dance.

¯ 2 p.m.: Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle, blues-gospel and traditional country.

¯ 3 p.m.: African Dances from five nations.

¯ 4 p.m.: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a singer.

¯ 5 p.m.: The Art of Hula Dancing.

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