Newport readies annual cultural event

The Newport Neighborhood Association will host its 4th annual International Cultural Festival on Sept. 25 from noon to 7 p.m. on Town Square Place, the old Pavonia Avenue, in Jersey City's downtown Newport community. The location is just outside the Newport/Pavonia PATH station in Newport, across the street from the eastern entrance to the Newport Mall. The NNA has planned an even bigger event than last year's festival which drew roughly 2,500.


This year's event will feature a bike show by Grove Street Bicycles, several new performers and legos for kids. Robert Vivien, NNA President, said "the festival is a multi-cultural event that will celebrate the rich diversity of Newport and Jersey City," adding "the festival is also a benefit to raise funds that will enable the NNA to continue the NNA Scholarship Fund for an eligible student."Besides featuring a large cross-section of music and dance including Asian, Indian, Latino and American, the festival has local teen entertainer
Brady Cudmore
with his band, Aphrodesia, who will perform pop tunes and dance numbers. Other entertainment is planned as well as a variety of foods and beverages.
The children's portion of the show includes local violin instructor Muhammad Bilal's Childrens Classical Music Ensemble, Kala's Indian children dancers, Legos for Kids by The Legomaster and face painters and clowns.