23rd Annual Cultural Crossroads 2012


A Celebration of our Community's Cultural Riches

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Applications are due SEPTEMBER 3, 2013.

Cultural Crossroads participants are required to have current EHC membership.

The Ethnic Heritage Council and Crossroads Bellevue produce the Twenty-third Annual Cultural Crossroads Festival, November 1-3, at Crossroads Bellevue, located at NE 8th at 156th Ave. NE in Bellevue. The festival feature's some of the area's best ethnic entertainment on two stages, an international bazaar, and exhibits. The event has been the single most popular event in the Crossroads annual calendar of events.

Crossroads Bellevue: 15600 NE 8th, Bellevue, WA 98008; www.crossroadsbellevue.com

Admission is free. Festival hours:

Friday, November 1: 5pm — 9pm
Saturday, November 2: 10am — 9pm
Sunday, November 3: 11am — 6pm

The multi-cultural celebration will feature a world of entertainment — more than thirty cultural & ethnic music and dance performances. Performances include: Peter Ali, Native American Flute Playing, Bulgarian Voices of Seattle Women's Choir, Enzian Schuhplattler, German Bavarian Schuhplattler & Folkdances; Haan Dei I Jin (Take My Hand), Dances of the Tlingit People (Native Alaskans); Juliana & PAVA, Ancient Russian Folk Songs; Melody Dance Group, Traditional, Ethnic, Folk & Modern Chinese Dance; Quichua Mashis, Music of the Andes; Radost Folk Ensemble, Dances & Songs of the Balkans; Show Brazil! Featuring Eduardo Mendonça, Urvasi Dance Company, Odissi Classical Dance and more! Friday night event favorite Rouge & Noir Tango Orchestra will bring out the Tango in everyone along with a free tango dance lesson by Patty Leverett and Saturday evening Bonaca, will take us on a musical journey through Croatia and the Balkans.

Visit the Cultural Crossroads Marketplace where over twenty booths representing Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and North America, feature imported and hand-crafted gifts from around the world. Perfect for early Holiday shopping!

The weekend event will feature more exciting activities for children this year, including an international and interactive LEGO® display - a showcase with models representing many cultures and nationalities all made of LEGO®, provided by Dan Parker, LEGO® Certified Professional Artist, and "Folk Art for Kids" a coloring activity for children! And for the kid in all of us, "Dolls of the World", a display of over 130 dolls in ethnic dress from around the world!

Cultural Crossroads is produced by the Ethnic Heritage Council. Sponsors include Crossroads Bellevue, SAFECO Insurance, City of Bellevue Parks and Community Services Cultural Diversity Program, Seattle Peoples Fund, Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund and 4Culture. The event is supported by Seattle Foundation. Since the EHC's inception in 1980, the Council has worked to promote inter-ethnic communication and cultural preservation in the Northwest. EHC continues to produce international festivals, a public July 4th Naturalization Ceremony; publishes a monthly Newsletter and Calendar of Northwest Ethnic and Cultural Events, and provides a referral service to schools, government agencies and private citizens. Publications and information about the Council will be available throughout the weekend. Crossroads Bellevue: 15600 NE 8th, Bellevue, WA 98008; www.crossroadsbellevue.com Visit: www.ethnicheritagecouncil.org Photos by Jal Schrof, available: www.pbase.com/jal/cuturalcorssroads2012

Performance Schedule
Schedule subject to change

Friday, November 1:

Market Music Stage:
5:00-6:00Marianna Trio — Songs of the World
6:30-9:00The Rouge & Noir Tango Orchestra — With FREE Tango Lesson by Patty Leverett 6:30-7:30 & 8:00-9:00 Rouge & Noir; 7:30-8:00 Tango Lesson

Saturday, November 2:

Market Music Stage:
11:00-11:45Quichua Mashis — Music of the Andes
12:00-12:45Dr. Maggie Bennett, Folklorist — "Lore, Legends, and Lyrics of the Irish"
1:00-1:45Zaphara's Middle Eastern Dancers — Egyptian Cabaret Bellydance
2:00-2:45Dave and the Dalmatians — Songs from the Croatian Coast & Beyond
3:00-3:45La Mezzanotte Trio —European Favorites with Operatic Complement
4:00-4:45New Age Flamenco — World Music Reflecting Latin, Mediterranean, European, Jazz & Gypsy Roots
5:00-5:45Peter Ali — Native American Flute & Stories
6:00-6:45Bulgarian Voices of Seattle Women's Choir — Traditional songs from Bulgaria
7:00-9:00Bonaca — Music of Croatia and Beyond The Borders

Dance Stage:
11:00-11:35Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios — Demonstration of Martial Arts through Uniqueness & Grace
11:45-12:25Karavans Dance Troupe — Folk and Tribal Dances from North Africa, Mid-East & Iran
12:40-1:00Asia Pacific Language School — Children Perform Songs of China & Japan
1:15-1:45Datina — Folk Dances & Songs of Romania
2:00-2:50Kabuki Academy — Japanese Dance & Shamisen Music
2:50-3:45Stage Break
3:45-4:25Jacquelina's Dances of Spain — Traditional Flamenco Dance of Southern Spain
4:35-5:15Urvasi Dance Ensemble — Classical Odissi Dance from Orissa India
5:30-6:15Enzian Schuhplattler — German Bavarian Schuhplattler & Folkdances

Sunday, November 3:

Market Music Stage:
11:00-11:45Quichua Mashis — Music of the Andes
12:00-12:45Nrityangan Kathak Studio — Indian Classical, Semi-Classical and Creative Dance
1:00-1:45Ocheami — Music, Dance & Stories from Ghana West Africa
2:00-2:45Haan Dei I Jin (Take my Hand) — Traditional Alaskan Tlingit Singing, Dancing & Drumming
3:00-3:45Los de Rio — Musical Journey through Spain, Mexico & Latin America
4:00-4:45Juliana & PAVA — Ancient Russian Folk Songs
5:00-5:45Show Brazil! — Traditional & Contemporary Music & Dance of Brazil

Dance Stage:
11:00-11:30Baile Glas Irish Dancers — Traditional Dance Styles of Ireland
11:45-12:15Halau Hōkunani — Music & Hula from the Islands of Hawaii
12:30-1:00Radost Folk Ensemble — Dances & Songs of the Balkans
1:15-1:45Shahrazad Dance Ensemble of Seattle — Folkloric Dances of Egypt, Lebanon & North Africa
2:00-2:30Yang Chengfu Tai Chi Chuan Center — Performance of Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan
2:30-3:10Stage Break
3:10-3:50Melody Dance Group — Traditional, Ethnic, Folk & Modern Chinese Dance
4:05-4:45Leela Kathak— North Indian Kathak Dance
5:00-5:45Kisbetyárok Hungarian Family Dancers — Hungarian Village Dances for All Ages


1) Ethnic Heritage Council
2) Russian Unique Imports
3) Palestinian Heritage Group
4) Treasures of Peru
5) Ade Africana
6) Creature Comforts
7) Asia Pacific Language School
8) JC Sunny LLC (8 & 9 = double booth)
9) (JC Sunny LLC)
10) American Slavic Women's Club
11) 4 You Jewelry Designs
12) Indian Arts
13) EF Foundation for Foreign Study
14) United States Citizenship & Immigration Services
15) Apple Cox Art & Design
16) Ann Made Jewelry
17) Creative Aarts
18) Legacy Multi Cultural & Educational Service Center
19) Tibetan Handicraft Emporium
20) Quichua Mashis
21) Alive and Shine Center
22) Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios
23) Bombay Trends