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Natick celebrates Multicultural Day Aug. 25

Area residents have a chance to join in a celebration of the region’s ethnic diversity when the Natick Cultural Center District holds its second annual Multicultural Day next Saturday, Aug. 25.

The free event, set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Natick Common, is designed to showcase the food, music, costume, and dance of the many cultures that can be found in Natick and surrounding communities.

The festival will include performances of Spanish flamenco music, Bollywood dance, traditional Chinese dance, Irish Celtic music, a fashion show of Uzbekistan cultural dress, and a performance by the Natick Praying Indians. Cultural groups also will have booths representing many of the countries of origin of people residing in Natick and nearby communities.


Indian, Mexican, and Peruvian pastries and Natick Farmers Market produce also will be available for purchase. The state-designated Natick Cultural Center District works to promote culture and the arts in Natick Center. Begun in 2012, it is run by the nonprofit Natick Center Associates.

The multicultural festival began last year when Athena Pandolf, the group’s executive director, was approached by Swati Dave, current Natick Cultural Council chairperson, about the idea of holding a special event celebrating Indian culture. After some discussion, both agreed a better idea would be to hold an event celebrating the region’s many cultures, Pandolf said by e-mail, noting that the event also ”strives to build deeper connections among community members.”

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