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FMU to host Pee Dee International Festival, Oct. 18

     FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University will play host to the 11th-annual Pee Dee International Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

     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 feature music, dance, food booths, cultural displays and games for children.

     This year’s festival will feature Stars of the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats. Chinese acrobats have been thrilling audiences for centuries with their masterful displays of traditional dance, spectacular costumes, and ancient theatrical techniques. The Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats have added contemporary features to their award-winning acrobatics to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty. They will perform at 1:30 p.m.

    Also featured is Charleston-based Celtic fiddle ensemble Na Fidleiri. The group consists of accomplished violinists ranging in age from nine to 18. Na Fidleiri will perform at 12:30 p.m.

    The festival will begin at 11 a.m. with the presentation of flags by the Palmetto Pipes and Drums. Other performances include Donald Thomas and his border collie, Zydeco music by Ceasar, the magic of Markus, and Greek and Indian dancers. All performances are on the outdoor stage between the Smith University Center and the Leatherman Science Facility.

    “Taste of the World” will include ethnic food items for sale featuring British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Colombian, German, Greek, Japanese, Indian, Korean and Mexican delicacies. In addition, festival-goers can enjoy an authentic German beer garden and the music of Accordion Bob. Business and cultural displays representing more than a dozen countries will be exhibited in the Smith University Center commons all day.

    New this year is the Continental Express Trolley Ride. Passengers can board the trolley and head for four translation stations, which will test their language skills in French, German, Spanish, and Zulu.

    The festival is presented by the Florence Family YMCA, Francis Marion University, Florence-Darlington Technical College and the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce.

    Major sponsors include Francis Marion University, Honda of South Carolina Mfg. Inc., Pepsi, Nan Ya Plastics Corp., and Roche Carolina Inc. Business patrons and contributors include DuBard Inc., GE Medical Systems, BB&T, DuPont Teijin Films, ESAB Welding and Cutting Products, Progress Energy, and Wellman.

    This project 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.

    For more information, call the FMU Community Relations Office at 843-661-1225.

11 to 11:30 a.m.  Presentation of Flags – Palmetto Pipes and Drums
11:30 a.m. to noon The Magic of Markus
Noon to 12:30 p.m. Donald Thomas’ Working Border Collie – festival grounds
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Na Fidleiri Celtic fiddle ensemble
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Stars of the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Zydeco music presented by Ceasar
3:30 to 4 p.m.  Donald Thomas’ Working Border Collie – festival grounds
4 to 4:30 p.m.   Greek dancers presented by local performers
4:30 to 5 p.m.  Indian dancers presented by local performers

#36 / 9-23-03

Last Published: February 19, 2004 9:48 AM
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