World Arts Celebration

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Sister Cities


May 21
12 pm to 5 pm

City Center at Oyster Point

Free Admission & Parking


Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Sister Cities, the World Arts Celebration takes guests on a journey filled with culture, craftsmanship and cuisine.  International vendors, performers, artists, interactive education stations, as well as cosmopolitan food and beverages are yours to enjoy on Mariners Row at City Center at Oyster Point.  A stroll along this picturesque street will transport you through a tour of exhibits, art demonstrations, live entertainment and culinary delights to captivate your senses.


This year’s headliner is Kadencia, a Puerto Rican rhythm-infused band that uses bomba, plena and salsa to promulgate Puerto Rican culture, educate audiences on the island’s native musical expressions and encourage audience members to get up and dance!  Kadencia performs on the International Market Stage at 4:00 p.m.  


Throughout the afternoon, enjoy artwork, performances and exhibits representing a variety of countries including Japan, China, France, Africa, South America and Germany. Free children’s activities include face painting, henna designs, and international “make and take” crafts. Families can take photos with artistic props representing a variety of countries from around the world.  Free Japanese fans, International flag lanyards, French berets, Mexican sombreros, tribal ethnic bracelets and Chinese yo-yos will be given away while supplies last. Vendors will sell artwork and crafts.


Curated by Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, folkdance, music, and arts performances will fill the International Market Stage, La Danse Performance Floor and Mariners Row.  

International Market Stage:
12 PM - Mosaic Steel Orchestra
1 PM - Atumpan
2 PM - Rhythm of Ireland School of Irish Dance
2:30 PM - D Westry Speed Painter
3 PM - Mayuko Chida, Japanese Koto
3:20 PM - D Westry Speed Painter
4:00 PM - Kadencia

La Danse Performance Floor:
12 PM - Jow Ga Kung Fu Lion Dance
1 PM - Latin Ballet of Virginia
2 PM - Red Crooked Sky
2:45 PM - PCAA Chinese Demonstration
3:30 PM - Atumpan

On-Street Entertainment and Demonstrations:
Die Zeitlosen Musiker (1:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:15 PM)
French Mimes
Stilt Walkers
Spray Paint Artists
Plein Air Painters


Food Vendors:
American Fruity Smoothie
Aux Delices - desert crepes,  macaroons and waffle sticks
Had dash Grill - gyros and Greek specialties
Jem's Caribbean Food - jerk, curry and fried chicken with fixins
Jessie Lou's - artisan grilled cheese sandwiches and soups
Lorna's Kitchenette - lumpia and Filipino specialties

City Center Restaurants:
City Center Ice Cream
Cove Tavern
Good Vibes - Outdoor Festhaus-style seating with a special German menu
Hayashi Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi
Juicing LIFE Bar & Cafe
Mr. Boil - Cajun Seafood & Poke Bowl
MyPi Pizza
Salsa's Mexican Restaurant
Taste Unlimited
Tucano's Brazilian Grill