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30th Annual International Festival at the Overture Center in Madison


Overture Center and Associated Bank Madison State Street

This was my first time attending this festival (Al couldn’t come) and also my first time going inside the Overture Center of the Arts.  They are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year so it was high time.

The festival began at 10:30 in the morning, opening with Swiss Alphorns, played by two gentlemen from New Glarus. They sound like they are from Switzerland, and have played at this festival the entire 30 years.  We also saw them in the Cheese Days in Monroe parade. Let’s listen in.

Swiss Alphorn players at International Festival

After that spellbinding performance, we enjoyed the Chinese Lion Dance, performed by the Zhong Yi Kung Fu Association.

Chinese Dragon Dance at International festival at Overture Center

Soon after that was a beautiful 45 minute performance by the UW Russian Folk Orchestra in the Capitol Theater.  The Madison Russian School Children’s Choir also performed a cute cat song, sung in Russian!

UW Russian Folk Orchestra in Madison

Here is about half of their performance, including the cat song.

The last performance I saw was Sadira and the Riad Dance Company.  I have been watching them at many festivals over the last 25 years or so.

Sadira and the Riad Dance Company  at International Festival

They also had a photo booth and I couldn’t resist getting in on the act.  My picture will become part of a large mosaic created to celebrate the Overture Center’s 10th anniversary.

Photo Booth Project at Overture Center

International Festival Commemorative Photo 2015

It was a good time and I hope to go again next year. We have overlooked this fine facility for entertainment in our own city and plan on coming here more from now on.   They also have a tour every Saturday at 11, except on days with special events.  The Overture Center also runs Art Fair on the Square in July.

Overture Center at night


Celebrate Diversity at the Triangle Ethnic Fest

Third Sunday in August

The final year of this festival was in 2014.

Triangle Neighborhood sign2010 poster

The Triangle Ethnic Fest is a great festival in Madison that I have been attending since the 1980’s.  It’s put on by the Bayview Foundation near downtown. It’s called “triangle” due to the shape of the neighborhood. This festival celebrates ethnic diversity and highlights ethnic dancing of the many cultures in Madison. The diversity here equals the (Williamson) Willy Street part of town.

Sadira is a favorite at the festival as well. I have been watching them perform for over 20 years.

Sadira Middle East Dance Co.

The neighborhood kids are well represented as well, they perform the first dance that they practiced all summer.

Bayview kids

“Bollywood”, representing the pop culture in present-day India.


Croatian dancing by Folklore Village International Dancers.

Croatian dancing

Viv Ncaus Hmong Dancers, they were so cute!

Viv Ncaus Hmong Dancers

When you are hungry, there are lots of vendors with great food.

Food Vendors

This festival is always so much fun, travel the world without leaving Madison!