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FMU to host Pee Dee International Festival, Oct. 18

FLORENCE – Francis Marion University will play host to the 16th annual Pee Dee International Festival, Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Click here for Festival Website

The purpose of the festival, which is free and open to the public, is to foster a better understanding of the cultures represented in the Pee Dee and increase appreciation for the global community. The event will include music, dance, food booths, cultural displays and activities for children. The festival will be held rain or shine.  

This year, the festival will feature the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats. This group will take attendees into the fascinating orient with Chinese acrobatics, dancing feats, martial arts displays and much more.

Produced by IAI Presentations Inc., the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats have taken the world by storm touring in locations such as South America, Central America, Southeast Asia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Monte Carlo, New Zealand, Israel, Canada and now on their 29th North American Theatre Tour. 

Also performing at this year’s event is the Woodland Alliance. Watch as Jeremy Briggs brings history to life through recreations of the activities and cultures of 18th century Native American life.  

Luna Tango founders Gene Reed and Gabrielle Celeste will present early Milonga style of Argentine Tango to the Nuevo Tango style currently danced in the streets of Buenos Aires.  

Florence-Darlington Strings will play a medley of tunes from around the world and many national anthems. This group consists of 60 young string players ranging in age from six to 18, with 18 nationalities represented. 

Also performing is the South Carolina Dance Theatre, Greek and Eastern Indian Dancers. 

“Taste of the World” will include ethnic food items for sale featuring: African, American, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Columbian, Filipino, German Beer Garden, German Pastries, Jamaican, Japanese, Indian, Mediterranean, Mexican and Vietnamese delicacies. Business and cultural displays representing more than twenty countries will be exhibited in the Smith University Center Commons all day. Also included in this year’s festivities is ScienceSouth on Wheels. 

The festival will be presented by Florence Family YMCA and Francis Marion University. 

Major sponsors include FMU, Honda of South Carolina Mfg. Inc. and Pepsi. Business sponsors, patrons and contributors include Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau, Nan Ya Plastics Corp., America, Crown Beverages Inc., Roche Carolina Inc., ESAB Welding and Cutting Products, First Reliance Bank, GE Medical Systems, IRIX Pharmaceuticals Inc., S&W Manufacturing and Washington Mutual. Friends of the festival include DuPont Teijin Films and the Florence Rotary Breakfast Club. 

The festival is funded in part by the Florence Regional Arts Alliance and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a generous award from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina. 

For more information, call the Office of Public and Community Affairs at 843-661-1225 or visit our website at

#24 /9-12-08


Last Published: September 23, 2008 12:51 PM
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