Pearland, TX, -- Pearland Announces Second International Festival 2014 Celebrating Mexico
Travel the world at the Second Pearland International Festival, set for Saturday, September 13, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Pearland's Independence Park, located at 3919 Liberty Drive. Tastes and sounds from around the world include; Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, European, Caribbean and African cultures. This year, Mexico and its rich heritage of music, food and culture will be spotlighted; featuring live music performances by mariachi groups from across Houston and beyond as they compete and battle on stage for cash prizes before a panel of distinguished judges. iFest with its vast array of beers, foodie trucks, fine arts and culture and of course Grito Mexicano (Mexican scream) challenge for cash prizes, which is part of the Mexican culture .
Because we believe in the vital role of arts and culture in our society, we at Pearland Cultural and Fine Arts are dedicated to providing scholarships for students to realize their creative potential and contributing to the cultural enrichment of a global society. Our mission and strategic goals are focused on making the arts a vital, visible, accessible, innovative, and integral part of the intellectual and cultural life in Pearland through a Festival inspired by rich culture to celebrate heritage, food, music and festivities.
The purpose of this organization shall be charitable and educational within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as Amended, and to:
(a) Promote public interest in the arts (art, dance, music or theatre)
(b) Strive for community improvement by encouraging and informing the public about the arts.
(c) Review projects and/or programs for improving the arts, including appropriate venues for display of artistic expression.
(d) Recommend plans for arts projects and/or programs to the appropriate agencies of local governmental entities
(e) Secure funding for arts projects and/or programs by offering more flexible and cost effective ways for donors to improve the arts in the Pearland community.
(f) Secure funding for cultural and fine arts facility to improve the arts in the Pearland community.
(g) Secure funding for cultural and fine arts scholarships to students for higher education, who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in art, dance, music or theatre.
(h) Create scholarships for students in K-12 (including foreign exchange students) to assist with expenses, while learning foreign culture and arts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The Pearland International Festival Wrap Up
Pearland, TX - September 23, 2013−−More than five thousand festival goers enjoyed the outdoor festivities at the first Pearland International Festival held Saturday, September 21 at Pearland’s Independence Park. There were 81 vendors, 19 of them food vendors, on hand to showcase the tastes and unique crafts from around the world. Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, European, Caribbean and African cultures were well represented.
The feature country for the first year was to be Germany. However, the night before the festival, the festival’s German sponsor, King’s Biergarten decided not to participate. They felt the inclement weather would make their participation not profitable due to low attendance. King’s Biergarten was to provide German beer and food, along with authentic German décor for the pavilion area and some cultural entertainment. The Board of Directors would like to apologize to any festival goer who was disappointed by the lack of German culture. Please direct all questions and concerns regarding the absence of the Biergarten/Oktoberfest and the music of German musicians Enziam Baum to Johan or Philip Sitter of King’s Biergarten at: 281-455-8900 and 832-226-3190.
“It was unfortunate that the Biergarten pulled out of the event with less than 24-hours notice. We felt the festival needed to go on regardless. The board pulled together and we persevered, making it a memorable day for the thousands who did come out to celebrate our diversity,” said Co-founder and Board Director Joshua Hari.
In addition to the tastes of many different cultures was the excitement of the live cultural performances, including Vietnamese dragon dancing, belly dancing, hip hop singers and dancers , Hawaiian dancers, Bollywood and Latin American dancing to name a few. Festival goers enjoyed watching the entertainment, including Mayor Tom Reid, who seemed impressed by the Vietnamese dragons. Also in attendance were City Council Member Greg Hill, Judge Gordon Starkenburg and Pearland’s Visitor and Convention Bureau’s Executive Director, Kim Sinistore.
After the skies cleared, the musical entertainment began. On the Miller Lite stage, sponsored by Comcast Business, Neighbors Emergency Center, Ashley Furniture, and ADDI Digital Printing, Mango Punch, six-time winner of "Best Latin Band" in the Houston Press Music Awards and pregame Super Bowl XXXVIII entertainment was the headline of the event, along with the infamous Jazz, Reggae, and Zydeco sounds of the Gary Michael Dahl Band. Local band Modulation also played for the crowds from jazz to blues. Pearland teen idol and singer, Sanni M'mairura, who made it through to Hollywood on American Idol hit the stage mid-afternoon. The entertainment was as varied as the countries represented.
“The potential to make this a successful annual event is evident. We had several obstacles to overcome this year including the weather and our featured country sponsor pulling out, yet we made it a memorable event. In all, it was a positive event for our community,” Hari said.
The mission of the International Festival remains the same. The mission is “to unify the fundraising efforts of local non-profit charities in order to best serve the needs of the community through a festival inspired by rich culture to celebrate heritage, food, music and festivities.”
The board would like to thank the Pearland International Festival’s sponsors for all their support and participation in the event. The Pearland Convention and Visitors Bureau, a Diamond Level sponsor, is a strong proponent of the festival. Other sponsors include HEB, Faust Distributing, Haak Vineyards and Winery, Heineken, Coors Light, Miller Light, Dos Equis, Neighbors Emergency Center, SunCoast Plastic Surgery, Divinity Med Spa, David’s Fine Meats, Reflection Bay at Shadow Creek, YMCA Pearland, SpaceCenter Systems, Sessi Wine Company, Push Local, My Nurse Home Care, Inc., My Home Assisted Living and Direct Energy, ADDI Digital Printing, The Home Depot.