2018 International Festival August Update

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Press Release - August 23, 2018

Lawton’s International Festival Set for September 28, 29 & 30

Visit the International Festival's Event Page at www.lawtonok.gov/events/international-festival-2018

(Lawton, OK) The lnternational Festival, in Elmer Thomas Park will open 5pm on Friday, September 28th. At 5:45pm, the Parade of Nations kicks off the Opening Ceremony on the 2nd Street Stage. There is no attendance fee or parking fee to attend this 3-day event.

The Lawton Arts & Humanities Council and the International Festival Committee are excited to announce that they will again host a Naturalization Ceremony during the opening ceremony where residents representing different countries will take the Oath of Allegiance and be sworn in as US Citizens. The festival hours are Friday 5pm to 10pm, Saturday 11am to 10pm, and Sunday 12 noon to 5pm. As a means of highlighting an appreciation of heritage and culture, all patrons, volunteers, sponsors and vendors are invited to wear their traditional dress and regalia to the festival. There will be over 60 food, sales and display booths this year. Festival patrons will have many entertainment choices throughout the three days.


Free Entertainment 

The International Festival Committee is excited to announce the 2018 International Volunteer Performers! Thank you to the over 230 performers of which 80 of them are 16 years old or younger representing many cultures and countries! ABKA Lionheart Karate, Aislinn & The Snake River Gang, Cameron University Pan Express, Comanche Nation Youth Dancers, Filipino-American Association of Lawton/Fort Sill, Galilee Missionary Baptist Church Choir w/ Band, Good Friends & Dulcimers, Gregg Stallings and Ronnie Ellis, Kealii’s Polynesian Spectacular, Kickers of Lawton, Lawton Harmony Chorus - Sweet Adelines, Mexican Folkloric Dancers, Musicality, Oceano Salsa Club, Southwest Opera Guild, Reminisce and TCC Cloggers!  The 77th U.S. Army Band’s Brass Quintet performs courtesy of the Fires Center of Excellence at the Opening Ceremony.


Free Evening Concerts


Banda Gabachos, Friday, September 28, 8pm, 2nd Street Stage (South)

Banda Gabachos performs with a Mexican music style influenced by German music from the northern part of Mexico, norteño, meaning "northern," or música norteña, "northern music",  They have performed at Cinco de Mayo Festivals in OKC, Day of the Dead Street Festival at the University of Oklahoma, 29th Street Children’s Festival, Independencia de Mexico Festivals and Academia Day.  Visit them on Facebook, www.facebook.com/BandaGabachos .


International Festival Committee’s Street Dance, Friday, September 28, 8pm, Lake Helen Stage (North)

The International Festival Committee is bringing back the popular community “Street Dance”, Friday, September 28 at 8pm on the Lake Helen Stage (North). The street dance’s DJ will present many musical genres from around the world. This very popular event plays host to all ages.


MoeTowne Alex & The Nightview Band, Saturday, September 29, 8pm, Lake Helen Stage (North)

They are an original R&B Soul Band with sounds of the 70's 80's & 90's that include HipHop, NeoSoul Jazz and Blues, They have performed in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. In Oklahoma, they have performed at the Oklahoma City Arts Council’s Arts Festival, Concert in the Garden at the Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City, and more! Visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Moetowne-Alex-The-Nightview-Band.


Injunuity, Saturday, September 29, 8pm, 2nd Street Stage (South)

Injunuity is a Native American flute-centric roots group forged in 2007 by award winning composers Brad Clonch (Mississippi Choctaw) and Jeff Carpenter (Chickasaw). Since their inception Injunuity has released four full length albums; snatched up multiple national music awards; performed across the US and Europe; and has been featured in radio, tv, documentaries, and feature length films. Immediately this cultural sound and blend of genres drew attention, leading to the addition of two members; Philip Sullivan and Brian Harrison.

The inspiration drawn for all original tracks and compositions are based off the ability to experience tribal culture and life daily in Oklahoma, as well as interaction among other tribes, historians, storytellers, and even trips to the original homelands of the Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Cherokee people. Native Americans have profoundly helped shape the United States. The music of Injunuity helps revisit these times and keep them alive through song. Injunuity’s music promotes the introduction of Native American music and history into popular culture, helping break stereotypes about Native Americans and the music within the Indian Culture. Simply put, “we’re not your grandfather’s flute music!”  Visit their website, http://injunuity.net.


Interactive Area and Roaming Performers on Festival Grounds

The Interactive Area at the Garden Pavilion will have the MacArthur High School Band’s Color Guard on Friday, Telescope Star Gazing with Hank Poppe (clouds permitting) Friday and Saturday at dusk. On Saturday, the Museum of the Great Plains will present the Ancient Art of Suminagashi, Japanese Marbling at 2:30pm. More artists will be announced at a later date for the Interactive Area. 

David Wonders returns this year with his balloon magic and will be walking throughout the festival site.  Also, look out for the talented vocals of the Southwest Opera Guild and dancing talents of the Oceano Salsa Club as they will also walk throughout the festival site to perform.



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