“Come Dance with Us!” on Sunday August 18 in a grassy meadow under big, old trees at the 7th annual Othello Park International Music and Arts Festival from noon until 6 p.m.
A world of ethnic variety will come together with music, dancing, food, art activities, and booths. New this year is a staged reading of Kathya Alexander’s Dream’n, a contemporary Rainier Valley adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” produced by Brown Box Theatre. Of course, there will be Othello’s traditional petting zoo complete with camel, and his multicultural furry friends.
Recently refurbished, Othello Park features new walkways, entryways, a permanent stage gracefully designed to suit its pastoral landscape, and a zipline. You could just sit, relax, and enjoy the park’s beauty and the show, but this year, in keeping with the dance theme, the selection of international rhythms will invite lots of audience participation. Mark Lilly, the gifted artist and folklorist, will perform folkloric Afro-Cuban style singing and drumming with his group, Bembe Olele. You will be called to move with the music again and again throughout the afternoon by Shakti Bollywood Dance, Bhangra Folk Dancing, and Pearl Django, the Hot Club style guitar band nimbly picking out some of the world’s most popular dance favorites.
The festival also features an array of tents and booths representing Rainier Valley’s colorful diversity of businesses and organizations. One large tent on the green will shelter the Festival’s traditional “Art Creation Station” to engage those young in age and young at heart in a variety of hands-on visual art activities led by local artists. There will be two pottery wheels, murals to paint, and the opportunity to be photographed in one of a variety of ethnic costumes.
Visit the website at www.othellopark.org and like our Othello Park Alliance Facebook page for frequent updates on the artists, vendors, performers, and sponsors.
About Othello Park Alliance
Located one block east of the intersection of Othello Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Othello Park is, just a short walk from the Othello Light Rail Station. The Othello Park Alliance works to ensure that Othello Park’s beauty and open space is retained, enhanced, and integrated into a vibrant, multicultural, pedestrian-friendly Othello town center and residential community by coordinating community events and making capital improvements in the park.