Newport's international festival Saturday
Thursday, October 01, 2009
By SARAH RAHMAN
WW STAFF WRITER

Newport will be boasting its own up-and-coming stars at the event, with two singers scheduled to perform, N'Kenge and Brady Cudmore. Cudmore will be performing the city's theme song, "Jersey City's a Melting Pot." (By David Musial)

W hat better way to enjoy a Saturday afternoon than with lots of entertainment, cultural dances, good food and a camaraderie that crosses all ethnicities?
You can spend Saturday, at the third annual International Cultural Festival in Jersey City's Newport community and find just such a day.
The festival, hosted by The Newport Neighborhood Association, will be held from noon to 6:30 p.m. on the old Pavonia Avenue, the new Town Square Place, right outside the Newport/Pavonia PATH station. Organizers expect to draw an even larger crowd than the 2,000 people that attended last year with the addition of the Jersey City's Artist Studio Tour at the venue.
This year, the festival aims to celebrate the "rich diversity of Newport and Jersey City," said Robert Vivien, NNA president, in a press release.

"In the previous two festivals, people just plop down in a chair. This year, we're trying to make it more interactive by getting the crowd involved," he said.
Vivien added that money will also be raised to establish two different scholarships, one of them being the NNA Scholarship Fund for an eligible student to "fulfill a dream of attending college."
Newport will be boasting its own up-and-coming stars at the event, with two singers scheduled to perform, N'Kenge and Brady Cudmore. Cudmore will be performing the city's theme song, "Jersey City's a Melting Pot."
The live entertainment will continue with free salsa lessons at the scene by the Salsa Dance Fever of Jersey City Heights, as well as free Bollywood dance lessons accompanied by a performance by the electric Indian dance troupe, Ayesha's Bollywood Funk NYC, who also performed last year.

Everyone in the area wants to learn Bollywood dancing in light of Slumdog Millionaire's popularity," Vivien said of the Oscar-winning movie that was based in India. The cuisine will be globe-spanning, representing the various ethnicities in the Jersey City area. The cultural food includes French, Indian, Mexican, Asian fusion, New American and Italian - all of which come from restaurants in Hudson County....

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