FLORENCE – Francis Marion University will host the eighth-annual Pee Dee International Festival on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The purpose of the event, which is free and open to the public, is to foster the presentation and understanding of the many cultures in the Pee Dee area. The festival will offer music, food booths, cultural displays, children’s games and a refreshment garden.
This year’s International Festival features the New Shanghai Circus, an authentic Chinese acrobatic troupe born out of a 2,500-year-old tradition that combines artistry and athleticism. Trained from an early age, these Chinese acrobats dedicate their lives to the physical rigors of training to present amazing feats with grace and ease. Their show includes a contortionist, plate spinners and traditional Dragon Dancers.
Killimanjaro, an African drumming and dance group, will also perform with special guest Jean Merand, an African chief who eats fire and glass and walks on a bed of nails. “German John” Lehotsky, Mariachi Guadalajara, and the Highland Pipes and Drums will also perform.
Other entertainment includes a “dragon jumping castle,” Belgium horse rides, a camel on display, the magic of Roger Jones, balloon creations by Lewis Foster and a mime. International food and booths from nearly two dozen countries will also be featured.
For more information, contact Joan Billheimer, the festival committee chairman, at 843-664-1010, or the FMU Office of University Relations at 843-661-1220.
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