Thursday, February 28, 2019

Adirondack Global Festival Returning to Lake Placid

I’ve always tried to present a global view to my children, but it is always easier to bring them somewhere to help them understand how diverse a world we live in.

Music, art, and dance are a universal language. Coming off the heels of the successful Petrova Elementary School Cultural Fair, The Adirondack Global Festival continues to use the arts as a way to bridge cultural gaps.

Adirondack Global Festival organizer Tammy Loewy wants to bring the world to the Adirondacks. Her goal is to foster creative positive interactions between cultures. The Adirondack Global Festival includes outreach to area schools and culminates on March 9 with public workshops, international food, and incredible performers at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA).

In its second year, the festival has kept the structure of the event the same while evolving various activities to keep things interesting. It continues to offer first-rate entertainment to visitors and the community.

My daughter and I look forward to volunteering, though we are already making plans to squeeze in a few of the dance workshops. I’m thinking Flamenco, but she is leaning toward learning Salsa or African dance. No matter what we end up doing, I’m confident we’ll walk away with a new understanding.

Some pre-event activities include a March 7 showing of Shoplifters, an Oscar nominated film based in Tokyo, as well as the return of a live broadcast of NCPR’s Beat Authority from the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery on March 8 from 3-5 pm. Children can partake in a free jazz and swing workshop at LPCA with Mwenso and the Shakes, who will then perform live from 7-9 pm at the same site.

The Saturday schedule is a mixture of creative workshops and active classes at the LPCA.  The Global Street Fair in the lobby brings a variety of international food vendors as well as options for young children to take part in a “passport program” and explore different cultures.

Hour long workshops offer cultural experiences such as Flamenco, Salsa, Indian drumming, family yoga, a fermentation class, essential oils, self-healing, beer making, as well as free children’s workshops. A full schedule is available online. All the workshops are family/child friendly (except the beer making class).

Workshop times are 2-2:45 pm, 3:30-4:15 pm, and 5-45 pm. Prices for children are 1 workshop: $5/children, $10/adults, 2 workshops: $10/children, $20/adults, 3 workshop: $12/children, $25/adults.

The evening will close with a performance by Alsarah and The Nubatones, a Brooklyn-based, Eastern Africa Retro-Pop group. Reservations and ticket sales are available through the Adirondack Global Arts website.

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Diane Chase

Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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