Join us for International Day at the Winchester Farmers Market, Saturday, September 29, 2018, during regular Farmers Market hours, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm.
The Winchester Farmers Market and the Winchester Multicultural Network are delighted to once again bring this event to the Market for your family’s enjoyment. Be introduced to new cultures, get acquainted with our international neighbors and learn about a larger world. Join us for a fun-filled program of performances: Brazilian Capoeira Dance, Pallavi Dance Troupe from India and an international garment parade; activities: Henna tattoos; crafts from many corners around the globe. Come shop with a purpose from some wonderful and unique vendors with goods from around the globe.
Here are some of the performances not to be missed:
Brazilian Capoeira. Sinha Capoeira Group performs a hybrid of martial arts and dance, acrobatic stunts accompanied with explosive drumming. Exciting!
Chinese American Network of Winchester (CAN-Win)/Performances: Tai Chi/ Swordplay demonstrations and Fan Dance; Classical Chinese musical instrument, the hauntingly expressive erhu; and selection of Chinese songs.
Ethnic Arts Center/Story telling and puppet shows using native puppets and artifacts. Dora Tevan will tell the ethnic folk and fairy tales of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”(English); “One Wish” (Irish); “Two of Everything” (Chinese); “Strega Nona” (Italian); and “The Magic Cooking Pot” (Tamil). Dora has 39 years experience bringing world cultures alive with her Ethnic Arts Center. Both she and the EAC were awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award by the City of Somerville for presenting an astounding 35,000 multicultural arts programs to children in need.
Pallavi Dance Troupe. Pallavi Dance Troupe members have been dancing together for 20 plus years. They belong to different dance schools in the greater Boston area, and share a love of dance and performance. They have performed in various venues over the years, and promote Indian dance and love of Indian dance in Massachusetts. They will be performing two traditional dances: Raas and Ghoomar.
Raas is a traditional dance form from the state of Gujarat, India, and is performed during the religious festival of Navaratri, which falls in October. Colorful sticks called dandiya are used during this dance and movements in circles are common.
Ghoomar is a traditional folk dance from Rajasthan, India.The dance is chiefly performed by veiled women who wear flowing dresses called ghaghara. It was ranked 4th in the list of “Top 10 local dances around the world” in 2013.The dance typically involves performers pirouetting while moving in and out of a wide circle. The word ghoomna describes the twirling movement of the dancers and is the basis of the word ghoomar. According to the traditional rituals, newly married bride is expected to dance ghoomar on being welcomed to her new marital home. Ghoomar is often performed on special occasions, such as at weddings, festivals and religious occasions, which sometimes lasts for hours. This dance was choreographed by Padmini Ravi from Bangalore, India. The costumes were specially tailor made and shipped from Bengaluru, India. The music for the dances is from Bollywood movies and is fast paced and traditional, using special drums.
Fashion Parade showcasing traditional national clothes. Children and adults will parade through the Market wearing traditional national clothes. You are invited to wear yours, too, and join the parade!
Stop by our vendors booths for unique, hand-crafted, native crafts as well as educational and humanitarian opportunities:
Artisan Goods from around the World. Karma Fine Crafts, one of whose trademarks is its connection to social justice and sustainability. Much of Karma’s wares are from women’s collectives overseas, as well as from independent artisans who create limited-edition pieces that tell a story and preserve their heritage. (Read Boston Globe’s article.)
Chinese Traditional Crafts will be on display by the Chinese American Network of Winchester. The Chinese American Network of Winchester (CAN-Win) is a non-profit and non-partisan community organization for Chinese Americans in the Town of Winchester, MA. Founded in 2016, CAN-Win aims to preserve and promote Chinese culture and heritage, enhance neighborhood integration, strengthen engagement in community affairs, and advocate common interests in important social, cultural, and political issues.
Handcrafts from Women’s Fair Trade Co-op in India. Aruna Designs is a charitable project of ArunaPartnership.org. Aruna works with a women’s craft cooperative in India, and sell their work here in the US. The project was started in the late 1980s to train and provide suitable work for widows and other single women who are disadvantaged in their society. The artisans and their now government-registered cooperatives are resilient and committed, producing a wide range of beautiful hand-made products.
All profits from sales of handcrafts goes directly to Aruna Partnership (South India) to provide education for village children, support local businesses and provide shelter and healthcare for those in need.
Japanese Textiles by Kiyomi Yatsuhashi, fabric artist and teacher. Kiyomi will showcase some of her art that is a once beautiful and functional (e.g., table runners, scarf, napkins, wall hangings) using the traditional Japanese craft of shibori indigo dyeing. “As a Japanese-American, my recent work has become more deeply connected to my heritage especially my parents’ family businesses in Japanese antiques and kimono design. I’ve been working with Japanese traditional dyeing techniques such as indigo, rozome wax-resist, katazome stencil dyeing for over 20 years.” —Kiyomi
Kiyomi will be teaching classes on Japanese Textile Dyeing at Studio on the Common, Sept 21 to October 19.
School the World is a non-profit organization which organizes trips to Guatemala every year for high schoolers to help fundraise and build a school for rural communities in need. School the World transforms lives by working to make quality education accessible to all children and families living in rural villages of Central America. “We believe education is a vital component to alleviating poverty, increasing gender equality and promoting economic sustainability.”
Say hello and learn more about School the World’s projects in Guatemala from Beaujena Stoyanchev, junior, Winchester High School, who will be attending her third trip to Guatemala in February, this time as a trip leader.
Village development program management. Thiou Village Project (South Sudan) deliver water, schools, teacher and student support, economic opportunity, appropriate technology, and sanitation solutions to under-served communities in South Sudan. Meet Bol Riiny, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, supporter of the Thiou Project.
International Day at Farmers Market 2018 is co-sponsored by The Winchester Farmers Market and the Winchester Multicultural Network for the fourth year.