Multicultural Festival

Celebrating diversity and community.

For two days, Renton was alive with the sights and sounds of one of the most diverse populations in the country as we celebrated diversity and community. Admission to this family-friendly festival was free.

The festival opened on Friday, September 30, at the Carco Theatre (1717 SE Maple Valley Highway) from 6 to 9 p.m. with Performances through Art. The featured performers included African dancers, Bollywood dancers, Ukrainian performers, a Miss India Washington contestant fashion show and a closing performance by a leading jazz artist.

 

On Saturday, October 1, the festival moved downtown to the Renton Events Center and Piazza Park (233 Burnett Ave South) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with Power of Play. Two indoor stages showcased Filipino dancers, Lion dancers, African drummers, Sikh martial artists, jazz, Taiko drummers, Polynesian performers, Mariachi bands, Bollywood music and dance, Marimbas and Krump/Break dancing. In addition there were strolling musicians, interactive games, community booths, food, arts and crafts and storytelling. Former KING5 anchor Dennis Bounds and current Miss Washington Alicia Cooper made special appearances. Miss Cooper recently finished as the third runner-up at the Miss America pageant.

 

The Renton Multicultural Festival was presented by the City of Renton in partnership with the Mayor's Inclusion Task Force and several local community groups and organizations.

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