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It’s the Cultural Festival weekend

Representatives from Columbia, Brazil and Panama, Trinidad, Bermuda, Denmark, Italy, Australia as well as Hawaii will make their first appearance along with most of your favorites
  • Games, food, performances and fun are all a part of the annual International Cultural Festival. FILE

Guardian Lifestyles Editor

Published: Oct 18, 2013

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It’s one of the most anticipated weekend events that people look forward to, and it’s here — most people are simply keeping their fingers crossed that the weather is good to allow the International Cultural Festival (ICF) to be all it can be for the people that will flock to it.

The 18th version of this hugely popular event takes place October 19-20 at the Botanical Gardens between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

New this year from South and Central America will be representatives from Columbia, Brazil and Panama. Also making an appearance at this year’s festival for the first time from the Caribbean will be Trinidad; from the Atlantic will be Bermuda; with Denmark and Italy making an appearance from Europe. Australia as well as Hawaii, representing the United States, will be present.

Making a return appearance will be representatives from Ireland and Scotland. From Asia, will be representatives from Myanmar and India.

Three-straight “Best in Festival” trophy winner Cuba will make its presence felt with 10 booths this year. Mexico and Peru will also reportedly have a strong presence as well.

Caribbean regulars Jamaica, Guyana, Turks and Caicos, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, as well as France, Poland, Canada, the Philippines and China will complete the journey for festival patrons.

Festival regulars South Africa, Ethiopia, Greece, Spain and England will be sitting out this year.

“We’re praying for good weather and heavy crowds,” said Janet Johnson, ICF chairman.

The ever-popular Cultural Festival was originally conceived to recognize United Nations Day.

The festival fosters friendly relations and understanding between Bahamians and the international resident community. The high-quality organic experience that emerged from members of the community has become an international signature event that serves to demonstrate just how diverse and cosmopolitan The Bahamas has become.

The festival also provides a global platform for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration to encourage foreign countries to consider staging food and cultural weeks as well as host more trade missions to The Bahamas.

Since its re-instatement in 2009, the festival has proved to be arguably the most popular festival in The Bahamas. Each year adds exciting new features, more booths and more stage presentations. Ever-popular with adults and children, the festival provides fun activities for all ages.

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