‘Fest of All’ cultural celebration set for Sept. 6 in Fayetteville

The city’s second annual Fest of All event, celebrating the many cultures in the Ozarks, is set for 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6.

The event will be held in conjunction with First Thursday Fayetteville on the downtown square.

Several musical performances and other activities are planned, as well as presentations and information from various community organizations (see full list below).

For more information, call Rachel Fields, an administrative assistant in the city’s Community Services Division, at 479-575-8260.

Activity/information locations

Information Kiosk – Event information (located on the inside corner of East Ave. and Center St.)
Center Street – Main stage featuring event performers.
East Avenue – Vendor row featuring local artists, vendors, and non-profits.
Arvest Pavilion – University of Arkansas organizations.
Bank of Fayetteville – An indoor artist, vendor, non-profit venue.
Fayetteville Visitor’s Bureau – Features the Pawcasso animal painting fundraiser for the Fayetteville Animal Shelter.
Town Center Beer Garden (New Belgium) – A portion of the profits made from the sale of beers will be donated to the Ranger’s Pantry Pet Food Bank.

2012 FEST of ALL Performance Schedule

5:15 p.m. – Welcome and mayoral proclamation
5:30 p.m. – Tibetan chanting
5:45 p.m. – 10-year-old singer/songwriter Kayleigh Calaway
6:05 p.m. – McCafferty School of Irish Dance
6:20 p.m. – Siren belly dancers
6:40 p.m. – Ozark Highlanders Pipe Band
6:55 p.m. – Soran Bushi performers, Japanese Fisherman Traditional Dance
7:05 p.m. – TerraNova Tribal Bellydance Company
7:35 p.m. – ArkanSalsa Band

2012 FEST of ALL organizations, artists and vendors

Beaver Water District – Beaver Water District serves customer needs by providing high quality drinking water that meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements and is economically priced consistent with quality standards.
Boston Mountain Educational Cooperative’s Migrant Education Program – The Migrant Education Program is part of a federal grant to provide a comprehensive program that includes identification, recruitment and enrolment plus instructional, health and support services.
Fayetteville Public Library – The Fayetteville Public Library strengthens our community and empowers our citizens with free and public access to knowledge. Visit their booth to learn more about the resources they provide to the community.
Feed Fayetteville – Feed Fayetteville is dedicated to alleviating hunger – creating food security by cultivating a local sustainable food network. Feed Fayetteville partners with regional hunger relief agencies to address hunger issues, creating connections between organizations doing work to reduce duplicated efforts and strengthening the network.
The Graffiti Light Project – The Graffiti Light Project is a photography group that focuses on long exposure light painting and portraits all in one photo.
Green Village Foundation – Green Village Foundation seeks to build partnerships in sustainability with local organizations and African communities to alleviate food insecurity and promote information and cultural sharing and exchange.
Ivan Garcia – Ivan Garcia is a fine artist specializing in charcoal drawings and oil paintings. He has been doing art for 15 years and does custom work.
J & S Taxes – J & S Taxes is a multilingual tax preparation center specializing in teaching clients how to do taxes legally whether or not they are working under different names and social security numbers.
LifeSource – A local nonprofit that uses a holistic approach to help individuals and families in need. We help families in stress by customizing our services to meet their unique needs through a food pantry, clothing, kids programs, counseling, education and much more.
OneCommunity – OneCommunity is a nonprofit organization in Arkansas whose mission is to promote communities working together as One to enhance the quality of life of all people through use of best practices and outreach services that improve health, education and leadership skills.
Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas – TCIA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the Tibetan people preserve their culture within the emerging global village. The Institute pursues its objective through education and cultural activities.
Treasures from Africa – Treasures from Africa is a local retail store specializing in African handicrafts. Visit their booth to see a demo of African Bolga Basket Making.
U of A International Students and Scholars – The International Culture Team is a cultural presentation team. Ifriend is an international hosting program. Visit their booths in Arvest Square for several cultural activities.
Walton Arts Center – The Walton Arts Center is a performing arts center located in downtown Fayetteville that serves the entire NWA community.
Washington County Environmental Affairs & Recycling – WCEA provides recycling education and outreach to citizens in Washington County.