International Festival displays Diversity of EA District

The East Aldine District hosted an International Arts Festival last Saturday, with a variety of displays and performances that exhibited the rich diversity of the cultures and people that live and thrive in the East Aldine District.

Attendees at the Festival heard music from the MacArthur High School Jazz Ensemble to start the day, followed by a Dragon Dance and a Lion Dance by the Soaring Phoenix performers.

To finish off the live performances on the Amphitheatre stage, the Polynesian Dancers of the Young Audiences of Houston put on several dances.

The Astros Literacy Bus was also on hand, to hand out free books and to conduct games and literacy exercises for all ages.

Also during the day, from opening at 11am until closing at 2pm, Live Mural Artists featuring PTech student Jocy Bedolla were working on their craft, and explaining and teaching techniques to would-be muralists in the crowd.

In their spare time, attendees could take a turn at solving the Giant Rubik Cube puzzle, or play a piano or pinpress game.

Other booths and tables included Face Painting, Arts and Crafts activities, train rides for the kiddies, and of course there were food trucks with various types of refreshments to emphasize the different cultures and their food tastes and menus.

This was the second annual International Festival put on by the East Aldine District, and organizers Alma DeAlejandro and Monica Campos indicated that this would repeat as an annual event.

Sponsors and participants included the Aldine ISD, the East Aldine District, Lone Star College East Aldine Campus, and the East Aldine Arts Council.

It was a fun-filled day packed with arts, culture, and community spirit.

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