The seventh annual International Arts and Entertainment Festival will be held Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. at the Godbey Appalachian Center on the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC).
A project of the SKCTC Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Special Programs, Theatre Arts and the Arts and Humanities departments, the festival will highlight the “extraordinary diversity found in our county, our college system and surrounding communities,” said Clara Atkins-Pope, SKCTC production manager and technical assistant.
Pope said in addition to a meal of ethnic cuisine and a variety show, classes and lectures will be held.
Classes and lectures, which include Japanese Culture, taught by Stephanie Smith, and henna hand painting, taught by Sharmin Chowdhury, will begin at 3 p.m.
A middle eastern dance class, taught by Angie Doran, of Kingsport, Tenn., Italian Bel Canto singing styles, taught by T. Ryland Pope, and a lecture/picture presentation on Nicaragua by Professor Kevin Murphy will begin at 4 p.m.
At 5 p.m., there will be Yoga demonstrations and book discussion with Smith and Pope, along with a retake of the Henna hand painting and Chinese calligraphy classes.
Beginning at 6 p.m. an international meal, arranged by Dr. Carolyn Sundy, office of Diversity/Inclusion Special Programs, will be held.
Pope said the community is invited to bring a dish to highlight a country/culture/food which reflects their own heritage. All dishes must be in the foyer of the Godbey Appalachian Center no later than 5:30 p.m.
“The variety show will open the curtain at approximately 7 p.m.,” said Pope. “All guests and performers are invited to wear their country of origin fashions. Our headlining guest performer this year will be Angie Doran. She will demonstrate for our audience the beauties of ancient, modern and fusion middle eastern dance, known in some circles as belly dancing.”
Pope said the variety show will also present local performers from Robyn’s Dance Academy, Heather Adams’ Academy of Dance, featuring choreography by Stephanie Smith and Taylor Lankford.
Musical performances will be presented by the Harlan Boys Choir Alumni, Pianist Ann Schertz in collaboration with T. Ryland Pope and vocalist Tammie Chapman.
One admission charge of $10 per adult and $5 per student will cover all events during the day.
Children who are six or under will be admitted free.
For more information contact Sundy by email at Carolyn.firstname.lastname@example.org or Pope at email@example.com.
Reach Nola Sizemore at 606-573-4510, ext. 115, firstname.lastname@example.org