World Music Festival

Posted on May 2, 2010

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The video above features parts of two Khmer classical dances performed at last week’s Khmer New Year festival at the Temple Sanghikaram Wat Khmer on 110 Chestnut St. Please forgive my shaky hands. I should have brought a tripod.

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“To understand a people’s culture, you must understand its music.” Confucius

This quote was printed on the program of last year’s World Folk Festival held at Lynn Heritage State Park on October 10, 2009.

I just got word that on Saturday July 3rd from 3 to 7 the Friends of Lynn Heritage State Park will host a second World Folk Festival with music, food, and art from Haiti, Israel, Bosnia, Cambodia, Greece, Africa, Latin America, and the USA. Organizer David Gass says, “the theme is Freedom. We celebrate July 4th knowing very little about what got us our freedom. All of these groups have stories to tell.” If you’d like to volunteer for this event, you can get in touch with David through this blog by filling out a contact form.

Lynn Heritage State Park. A great place for a concert.

I was hoping this event would be repeated. Last year’s festival was fantastic, if a little chilly because of the time of year. I heard Mamadou Diop, Julio Bare and Company, Walnut Da Lyrical Geni and saw a Divinity Dance Studio salsa demonstration. The setting was a beautiful fall day in one of Lynn’s most underutilized parks by the ocean. Heritage State Park has the potential to be like Marina Bay in Quincy, a place with restaurants, shops and entertainment where one could go for a cannoli and espresso on a hot summer evening. There is already a boardwalk, a dock for boats and a fantastic mural there, but right now, the tenants are mostly professional offices.

While you’re waiting for the World Music Festival, don’t forget the Culturefest on May 29  hosted by Fernando’s restaurant on Munroe St. in downtown.

A portion of the six (I think) panel mural at Lynn Heritage State Park

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