Culturefest 2018 will be held on Saturday, June 23 from 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. in ChocolateTown Square Park and the streets of Downtown Hershey. This festival features the work of fine artisans, great live music, performances, children’s activities, craft beer and wine, and delicious food that celebrates different cultures. Culturefest is free and open to the public. Check back often for the latest in the event lineup.
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Event Day Information
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The following artisan vendors are participating in Culturefest: Evergreen Stitch, Archana’s Art, Dizzy Owl Crochet, Junk Ta Funk, Dazzling Daizy Designs, LoMo Handcrafted Jewelry, RJ Dellinger Enterprises, Galactic Art, Scarves Happen, ColorFused, Silver and Stone, J Nelson Art, Michael Feldser Photography, Urban Charm Beads, Wide Eye Girl, Cutie Beautiez, Under the Sun Pottery, Jennifer Kerper, One Woman’s Junk, McConnell Jewelry Designs, My Peruvian Treasures, Adrienne’s Herbals, Travis Pietsch Studio, The Sated Palatte, Olive Press, Turquoise Blu & Lofty Designs, Spirit Served, Seaglass Jewelry by Nora, Peschel Press, and North Garden.
In addition to the preceding artisan vendors, the following food and beverage vendors are participating: Mediterranean Basil Salt, Woodland All American Jerky, Chocolate Moonshine, Ice Cream Express, Rouge Popcorn, Sherri’s Crabcakes, Soul Burrito, Mad Dash Grilled Cheese, The Pantry Cafe, Bricker’s Fries, Gourmet Popcorn of Carlisle, Blazing Swine BBQ, La Bendición Food Truck, Dough & Shake, and Bake Shop VI.
We are excited to welcome a few of our regular Market on Chocolate vendors to culturefest. Joining Culturefest will be artisans Squeak Bath & Beauty, Stella Blue, Stay Apparel Co., Pasture’s Pride, SB Designs,MM Candle Co, Boom Pickles, Love Without Borders, Moonrise Candles, Free & Thriving, Lavender & Locks, and Eleven North. Also attending will be food and beverage vendors Streetside Chill, Oliverio’s, Chomp Chomp, Oh Honey Sweets & Treats, Tomasic’s Sausage, Prescott Patch, 3J’s Coffee, Rola’s Lebanese Food, and Grandview Granola.
In addition to a bouncy obstacle course that will be available for children all day, SPLAT, a family art studio, will be presenting arts and crafts. The schedule is as follows:
12:00-6:00 p.m.: Henna
12:00- 2:00 p.m.: Kindermusic
2:00- 4:00 p.m.: Chinese Calligraphy
2:00- 4:00 p.m.: Hershey Public Library
2:00- 8:00 p.m.: Intro to Kids Yoga
4:00- 8:00 p.m.: Venezuela Instruments
Chinese Cultural Arts Institute 12:30 and 2:00 p.m.
The Chinese Cultural Arts Institute aims to facilitate and nurture an understanding of Chinese culture in the United States. CCAI helps with the exchange of dance, art, culture, theatre, and language.
Rasika School of Indian Dance 1:15 and 2:30 p.m.
Rasika School of Indian Dance aims to enrich and maintain the traditional heritage and basics of this old dance style from Southern India, while still targeting a global audience.
Colebrook Road 3:00 p.m.
Colebrook road is a five-piece Bluegrass powerhouse that has become a familiar name throughout the Mid Atlantic region. The band is composed of lead singer, guitar player, and songwriter Jesse Eisenbise, mandolinist and winner of the 2014 Watermelon Park Fest mandolin contest Wade Yankey, upright bassist and tenor vocalist Jeff Campbell, banjoist, base vocalist, dobro player and winner of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival banjo contest Mark Rast, and fiddler, baritone vocalist, and winner of the 2015 Deer Creek Fiddler’s Convention bluegrass fiddle contest Joe McAnulty.
Songs performed are almost exclusively original compositions with varying themes. The band writes intricate and dynamic arrangements filled with both vocal and instrumental harmony that creates an interestingly modern, complex, and varied sound while still adhering to the larger bluegrass genre. Colebrook Road is a standout string band.
Case 150 4:45 p.m.
CASE 150 is an eclectic mix of veteran musicians brought together over a shared desire to push boundaries of what is Americana. With a history of over 20 years of performing and recording, CASE 150 continues to morph, choosing to follow the muse, rather than following the trend. Currently the line-up for CASE 150 is multi-instrumentalists, Aaron Pridmore, Todd Drazien, Troy Chappell, and Thom Bissey.
Look for their new release coming this summer “Sold My Reputation…Live from The Barn” and find all their recordings on Spotify, ITunes, Amazon, or wherever you get your streaming music.
Emmanual Nsingani (Von Lem) 6:30 p.m.
Emmanuel Nsingani is a musician of extraordinary talent. A versatile performer, Emmanuel’s effortless and evocative voice is supported by his virtuosity and fluidity on bass and guitar. He has served as producer, arranger, and composer on many recordings, and has been involved in countless music projects, including musical director of the gospel choir Living Water. He has shared both stage and studio with accomplished musicians such as Adamu Da Silva, Andy Alonso, Steve Rudolph, Daniel Mendez, Syssi Mananga, Freddy Massamba, andArnoldo Prete, to name a few.
Originally from Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, Nsingani fell in love with the bass guitar at an early age, and has been playing music all of his life, immersing himself in the world of jazz, gospel and of course, Congolese rumba/soukous. Emmanuel’s eclectic vocal style features songs in French, English, Lingala and Lari, and his music combines a strong flavor of traditional, folkloric Congolese with elements of jazz, rock, pop, latin, R&B, and world music, creating a distinct, modern sound. Emmanuel’s original songs are often fueled by the social and humanitarian concerns that are serious issues in central Africa, by a strong love of his homeland, and by his honest convictions about human rights. Yet his optimistic lyrics always include messages of faith, hope and love, and celebrate the resiliency of the human heart. Dedicated to creating and performing music that builds bridges, connecting all people, Emmanuel Nsingani is bringing his exuberance, ambition, and raw talent to the United States, where he currently lives.