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Winner of the 2012 Southeast Festival and Events Conference Gold 1st Place Award for “Best Event Within an Event”, the  2009, 2010 & 2012 International Festival and Events Association's Silver 2nd Place Award for "Best Community Outreach Program" and the 2010 Southeast Festivals & Events Association's - Gold 1st Place Award for "Best New Event".

Welcome to the world! The International Stage located on the Lake Clara Meer dock offers performances from around the globe in celebration of the many international communities that call Atlanta home. On the International Stage, you will see more than 300 performers, both amateur and professional, representing over 20 countries as well as local community organizations. You are sure to be thrilled by something new each year. We are very grateful to all of the performers who donate their time and talent to this exciting stage.

2013 International Stage Schedule

 Friday, April 19 Group  
Dockside All Day Antonio Rodriguez More Information
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Frets on Fire More Information
5:45 pm - 6:30 pm Tele-KENetic More Information
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm jAH WARRIORS 2013
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8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Darou Salam Music Group from Senegal More Information
 Saturday, April 20 Group  
Dockside All Day Antonio Rodriguez More Information
11:00 am - 12:00 pm After-School All-Stars More Information
12:10 pm - 12:40 pm Atlanta Sängerkreis More Information
12:50 pm - 1:15 pm Burke Connolly Academy of Irish Dance More Information
1:20 pm - 1:50 pm An Ka Fo More Information
2:00 pm - 2:05 pm PRIZM International More Information
2:05 pm - 2:10 pm Sanggar Lestari Indonesia More Information
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm Atlanta Caribbean Carnival More Information
2:40 pm - 2:55 pm Atlanta Okinawa Kenjin Kai Talko More Information
3:00 pm - 3:10 pm Aananda More Information
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Moksha More Information
3:40 pm - 4:00 pm Alif Institute More Information
4:05 pm - 4:15 pm Lupita Sosa Mexican Dancers More Information
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Darou Salam Music Group from Senegal More Information
5:45 pm - 6:30 pm jAH Warriors 2013 More Information
6:45 pm - 8:00 pm SALSAtlanta More Information
 Sunday, April 21 Group  
Dockside All Day Antonio Rodriguez More Information
10:30 am - 11:00 am Ensemble Kalinka More Information
11:10 am - 11:40 am Atlanta International School Choir More Information
11:50 am - 12:20 pm Calo Gitano Dance Company & Academy More Information
12:30 pm - 12:50 pm King O'Sullivan School of Irish Dance More Information
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Cordão de Ouro Capoeira Performance More Information
1:40 pm - 2:10 pm Ballet Folklorico  "Dance_ando" More Information
2:20 pm - 3:00 pm Chinese American Cultural Performing Group More Information
3:05 pm - 3:10 pm Hyunjin Kim More Information
3:20 pm - 4:00 pm Jahara Phoenix More Information
4:05 pm - 4:10 pm Taiwanese School of Georgia More Information
4:20 pm - 4:50 pm Mawre & Co. African Dance More Information
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Ogya World Music Band More Information

2013 International Stage Performers

AnandaAananda, is a group of enthusiastic dancers who believe that dance is a therapy and a fun way to enjoy life. Aananda means "Happiness". As the name suggests, dancing brings happiness to the dancers and their aim to is bring the same kind of happiness to their audience. The love and passion for dance brought them together; and they believe in creating dances that represent the rich art forms of Indian Dance - Classical, semi-classical and folk. All of the dancers in the group are trained in one or more forms of Indian classical dance or an international dance, They have participated in various Art festivals across India and the US. They have also participated in Indian festivals and performed in dance ballets. They will present to you dance pieces which are vibrant, colorful and promote the rich heritage of Indian dances. They performed at the Dogwood festival last year as Anu & Company.

After-School All-Stars provides comprehensive after school programs for middle school aged students at 13 sites in and around Atlanta.  With nearly 2,500 students staying after school to learn and to experience all the world has to offer, these students really are “All Stars”.

Alif Institute is an non-profit American education, culture, arts, and enrichment center with a focus on the Arab culture and Arab Americans. Since 2004, the Alif Institute has been offering Arabic language courses, lectures, workshops, art exhibits, film festivals and other cultural programs showcasing the Arab and Arab American heritage to the public.

For more information visit us at  www.alifinstitute.org  or like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/alif.institute

Each year the Alif Institute organizes and hosts the Atlanta Arab Festival. This beautiful event is designed to celebrate the Arab culture, to showcase Arab and Arab American heritage, and most importantly to promote and enhance cultural exchange! The Atlanta Arab Festival and all of Alif Institute's events are open to the general public. www.AtlantaArabFestival.com
The Children and Youth Group of the Alif Institute will be presenting some modern and traditional Arabic dances. Among the traditional dances they will include the “Dabke", a folk dance popular in many countries in the Arab World.  “Dabke" means “stomping of the feet" in Arabic; it is danced in lines with different steps and rhythms. It is often performed at weddings and parties in different areas of the Middle East primarily in Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan where it originated.

An Ka Fo Drum and DanceAn Ka Fo Drum & Dance Ensemble Established in 2009, The Atlanta-based An Ka Fo Drum & Dance Ensemble performs heart-pounding authentic, traditional and ancient African dance, music, and folklore as well as creative works. A colorful and powerful ensemble, An Ka Fo lifts its audiences to their feet with its detailed synthesis of dance, rhythm and song.

In the West African language Mandinka, An Ka Fo means "let's play", referring to the art of music and dance which is the universal language of mankind.

Music brings about peace and has healing elements that soothe the soul. It is the most powerful conduit for transmitting concepts and ideals. Dance is a form of nonverbal communication between humans. It embodies and expresses ideas & emotions and can tell stories. The creation, performance,significance, and even the definition of music and dance vary according to culture. Music and dance are infused in the cultural foundation of An Ka Fo.

Visit An Ka Fo at www.ankafo.com and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AnKaFoInstitute

What began as a modest festival in 1987 has evolved into the third largest event of its kind in the United States.  Kicking off the U.S. carnival season, Atlanta Caribbean Carnival consistently brings tens of thousands of visitors to Atlanta during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, while simultaneously bringing together the local Caribbean community. In celebration of Carnival’s 25th Anniversary we invite the public to fully immerse themselves and partake in all that Carnival has to offer with this year’s theme “ATLANTA CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL IS MAS AND MUSIC.”  Beginning on West Peachtree Street in front of the Civic Center MARTA station and ending at the historic Auburn Avenue, please join us for the Parade of Bands on Saturday, May 25, 2013 for a memorable, festive, and colorful display. The party continues inside the Festival Village at Morris Brown Herndon Stadium with authentic food, arts and crafts vendors and performances by some of the Caribbean’s best talents. It’s a time for family and friends to reunite and rediscover everything they love about Carnival, expose ourselves to new experiences, and feed our souls with the unique and diverse beauty of the Caribbean! Learn more at www.atlantacarnival.org.

The Primary School Chorus of Atlanta International School (AIS) is comprised of 30 students, ages 9, 10, and 11. These students represent countries all around the world: Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Spain, United States, and Vietnam. They perform for school concerts, celebrations and Atlanta community events.

AIS offers all three International Baccalaureate (IB) programs to more than 1,000 U.S. and international students from four-year-old kindergarten to grade 12. By delivering a rigorous academic program combined with world-class standards in language acquisition within an open-minded, intercultural environment, AIS prepares students to succeed in a globally connected world.  For more information, please visit www.aischool.org.

Atlanta Okinawa Kenjin Kai, a nonprofit organization, is a fun group of people who are proud to carry on our Okinawa heritage and introduce Okinawn culture to local society through dance and music.

Eisa is a traditional dance with a long history. It originates from a folk song that used to be sung several hundred years ago. The dance style was passed down by groups of young people who would pay respect to their ancestors each summer by marching through their neighborhoods while playing taiko drums. Recently some people have started using rock and pop music instead of just traditional music to create popular new styles of dance known as "creative Eisa."

The Atlanta Sängerkreis (zayng-er-kriz) is a non-profit performance and social group dedicated to preserving the spirit of the German culture and its history through folk song. For over 25 years they have performed here in Georgia and the Southeastern United States at many cultural festivals, senior centers, churches, commercial establishments, etc. Their joy comes in the camaraderie of the members in their group and the chance to share their cultural background with others. Whether you have German heritage, have visited Germany or just like German beer, please join them to embrace the German in each of us.  They are on the web at www.atlantasaengerkreis.com.

The Ballet Folklorico “DANCE_ando” was founded in 2005 by Antonio Rodriguez and Liz Cardenas, and now includes kids, adolescents and adults. In their dances they include different regions from all Mexico.

They have been in different scenes from North Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee

The Ballet Folklorico “Dance_ando”invites to you to know the art, music and traditions through the dance. www.myspace.com/balletdance_ando.

Burke Connolly SchoolBurke Connolly Academy of Irish Dance, LLC The Burke Connolly Academy of Irish Dance is the Newest and Fastest Growing Irish dance school in Atlanta! With 3 locations inside the perimeter--in Virginia Highlands, near Little Five Points, and just off I-75 near Howell Mill--dance classes are convenient to much of Atlanta. The Burke Connolly Academy of Irish Dance is the only dance school in the city taught by former International Champion dancers. They have classes for both children and adults with a focus on both competitive and recreational traditional Irish step dance. Visit www.BurkeConnolly.com for more information!

Calo GitanoCaló Gitano (pronounced Cah-low Hit-ah-no) is an Atlanta-based professional flamenco performance group that was founded in 2000. The group has performed throughout the Southeast and the greater Atlanta area at restaurants, parties, special events, public and private events, and for clients in need of specialized flamenco presentations. The group also provides private and group flamenco instruction for students of all skill levels. Marianela "Malita" Belloso is the director of Caló Gitano, and she has studied and performed flamenco for over 25 years. Caló Gitano takes pride in providing fun and energetic flamenco performances that are entertaining for any audience. There web site is www.calogitano.com.

CACPGThis year marks the 15th anniversary of the Chinese American Cultural Performing Group (CACPG) to promote popular Chinese arts and culture in America.

CACPG is a 501C-3 non-profit Chinese Cultural art organization founded in 1998 and officially established in 1999. CACPG is actively involved in American main stream and community events throughout the state of Georgia. In 2008, CACPG was proudly nominated by nine of the Southeastern Stare Arts Agencies to join Southern Artistry.org, an online artist registry designed to showcase the South’s artistic diversity and excellence by spotlighting outstanding artists of all disciplines.

To celebrate CACPG’s 15th year of establishment, an Executive Organizing Committee made up of members of the Atlanta Chinese community has been established for the “Atlanta August Moon Festival Celebration Performance”. The performance will be held on August 31st, 2013 (SAT) at the Gwinnett Performing Art Center. With the joining efforts and assistance of many local community organizations, we would like to introduce you to the highest quality Chinese performing arts featuring the cultural dances, folk songs, classical music ensemble as well as pop music. This event is open to metropolitan Atlanta American, Asian and Chinese audiences.

Through the generosity of sponsorship, contributions, and advertisements, this event can be made possible. We are asking for your help to make this a memorable event. Event sponsorship contact: Sylviasham@gamil.com. Should you want to learn more about CACPG, please visit our website:  www.cacpg.org.

Cordão de Ouro Master Muriel Ribeiro began his study of capoeira at the age of 18. Capoeira is Brazilian martial art/dance with African influence, created by African slaves in Brazil during the Colonial period. These Africans created capoeira which served as a form of cultural expression in opposition to the institution of slavery. Capoeira consists of an improvised dialogue of the body, which is underpinned by philosophical, physical, musical and cultural elements. Master Muriel is a native of São Paulo, Brazil, has been teaching children and adults locally since starting CDO Atlanta in 2006. He has 19 years of experience with Capoeira and Muriel travels the United States to participate in various workshops and international encounters, continuously learning and teaching about this diverse art.

Master Muriel founded Cordão de Ouro (CDO) Atlanta and CDO Atlanta is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide lifelong learning and empowerment for the development of a more equal, just and healthy community. Under the leadership of Master Muriel Ribeiro, CDO Atlanta advances this mission through quality instruction in the art of capoeira.

More information is available at www.cdoatlanta.org.

Darou Salam Music GroupDarou Salam Music Group have travelled from Senegal to appear on the 2013 Atlanta Dogwood Festival International Stage.

Ensemble KalinkaThe Russian School of Atlanta Ensemble Kalinka is a jewel of the Russian community cultural programs in Atlanta. Everyone is falling in love with these children, singing Russian Folk songs in colorful authentic costumes.

Ensemble members are American-born students of the Atlanta Russian School #1 who sing in the Russian language and truly want to share the best Russian traditions and culture with their fellow Americans.

Our web.sites: http://www.russianschoolatlanta.org/

Frets on FireFrets on Fire, from Decatur, is an experienced gigging band of kids serious about their craft. The band’s music can best be described as original roots rock with strong blues and R&B influences, in the tradition of Georgia artists such as Sean Costello, Col. Bruce Hampton, the Wood Brothers, and the Drive-By Truckers. So many young kids go for flashy guitar work, but though these talented kids can light it up with the best of them, Frets on Fire is first and foremost about making music as a collective: their whole is greater than the sum of the parts. The band is a two-time winner of the Atlanta Blues Challenge and makes frequent appearances at local music venues and festivals in Georgia and beyond. Check out their groove-filled 2011 CD, “What’s Gone Tomorrow,” on iTunes/Amazon

Jahara Phoenix Dance CompanyThe Jahara Phoenix Dance Company performs Tribal and World Fusion Bellydance throughout the Atlanta area and beyond. With their student troupe Sherar they offer unforgettable performances from a wide range of world dance styles with a theatrical flair. Their dances stem from the traditions of raqs sharki (what is more commonly know as bellydance) and FBCD® style ATS® (American Tribal Style: a completely improvised format of bellydance). This troupe loves props and you'll see them add another layer to the dance by dancing with baskets, swords, fan veils, and more. For information on the troupe, classes, performances and more find us on Facebook! www.jaharaphoenix.com

jAH WARRIORS 2013 have been performing in the Entertainment World for more than 23 years and are looking forward to performing throughout the southeast and across the U.S.A.

With more than 30 original Roots, Rock, Reggae, Funk, Jazz, Hip-Hop, WorldBeat songs and a bunch of cover tunes.  Jah WARRIORS will entertain and inspire audiences of all ages, everywhere around the world.

This year, RaStar will be performing on Keys, Guitar & Vocals, BonesJamesBones on Bass & Vocals, Sylvester Ogletree on Drums and Kevin Osborne on Sax, Keys & Vocals.

For more info: www.reverbnation.com/rastarfeaturingjahwarriors or email jahwarrrors2012@gamil.com or booking 404-429-3499.

Hyunjin Angelina KimHyunjin Angelina Kim is a 7th grade Middle School student and has performed the gayageum, a Korean traditional string instrument, throughout the commumity such as cultural events and Korean schools. She will perform gayageum Sanjo and Korean folk song, Arirang.

The King O'Sullivan School offers classes in Alpharetta, Roswell, Dunwoody, East Cobb and Buckhead. Their instructor is Jacinta King O’Sullivan, ADCRG, a native of County Galway Ireland.

Classes are available for all ages and our dancers perform at many functions all over the greater Atlanta area.

For more information, check out our website  at www.kingosullivan.com.

The King O'Sullivan School is proud to be a part of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.

Lupita Sosa's MEXICAN Dances"Lupita Sosa's MEXICAN Dances" were established in 1993, besides sharing and preserving the richness of the Mexican Culture, this group tries to conjugate the past and the present, taking tendencies from our original traditions and bring them to the public with joy and pride.

Creating a sense of our culture and interest in our own backgrounds, and engendering a sense of respect for other human races. It is not pure folklore, it is the Mexico that we never left behind and is always with us, everywhere we go with the respect that our roots are deserved, because knowing of where we come we will only define to where we want to go.This it is the Mexico that we took in the blood...

Mawre & Co. African DanceMawre & Co. African Dance established in 2000 by Kofi and Rebekah Mawuko, Mawre & Co. is dedicated to raising awareness of the world’s cultures in a desire to bring about a peaceful society through the arts. Their exposure in the Southeast USA continues to grow as performing and teaching artists “keeping the heritage alive”.

Their cultural enrichment programs are a tremendous success because they are designed to develop fundamental knowledge of the arts that will enable appreciation of varied artistic expression, creative participation in the arts, and identification of relationships between the arts and other aspects of life. In addition to being strongly grounded in the development of analytical, communicative, literary physical skills, the programs serve to stimulate a sense of comprehension, articulation, balance and movement, resulting in emotional, intellectual, physical and social growth. Visit them at www.africandancechattanooga.com/.

MOKSHA started its journey in Dec 2010 when a bunch of friends enthusiastic about Indian style of dance, came together to form a very International dance group.

The group is a very International mix of dancers originally from Chile, Croatia, Costa Rica, India, Romania and USA, who have made Atlanta their home for a few years now.

The team mantra is to enjoy dance, and explore the richness of Indian dance, ranging from Folk to Classical and modern day Bollywood.  As the word “Moksha” (liberation) indicates, the group believes that dance is a universal expression of the body and mind, and liberates self from artificial differences created by physical and mental boundaries. Their dance page is at http://www.facebook.com/mokshadance>

Since its inception in June 2006, OGYA World Music Band has opened for LadySmith Black Mbazo, Reuben Studdard and Dirty Dozen, as well as received prominent performance exposure at major festivals in the southeast for the past four years, and is gaining exposure as a “favorite” for nightclubs and private functions in eastern Tennessee, Panama City Beach, FL; New Orleans, LA; and Atlanta, GA.

OGYA is truly unique in that it has the capability of providing a wide array of music genres, for any venue, with any number of its members.  For the most part, the band stays within 8 members, but has been known to have as many as 15 musicians and costumed dancers on stage.  Its repertoire includes High Life music from Ghana and other traditional and contemporary African music, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Latin, Jazz, Funk, R&B, Rock&Roll, Blues and even some Bluegrass, all with a heavy infusion of founder Kofi Mawuko’s afrobeats on his traditional African drums.

OGYA creates a new sound through its unique styling of original compositions and renditions of cover tunes.  The lyrics are family-appropriate and enjoyable to all ages.  Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, this band is warming the hearts of people in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida given credence to the meaning of Ogya – FIRE!

For more information or a press kit, contact Rebekah Mawuko at 423-698-3873 or email mawre_co@yahoo.com, or visit 


PRIZM International Concepts Every Memorial Day weekend, Caribbean culture comes to life as the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival infuses downtown Atlanta with beautiful costumes and infectious music! On Saturday, May 25th, the parade of bands will feature hundreds of masqueraders dressed in colorful costumes to the thrill of thousands of spectators. PRIZM will be among those masqueraders and invites you to join them in this celebration. PRIZM is an international band welcoming revelers from all Caribbean nations and non-Caribbean revelers alike. In addition to participating in the annual Atlanta Caribbean Carnival and Miami Broward One Carnival, PRIZM models and dancers regularly make appearances around Atlanta at various events and private functions including the Dogwood Festival, Wednesday Wind Down, the Hank Stewart White Linen Affair, Spelman College, and were featured on the Monique Show on BET.

Want to know how you can catch the spirit? Visit their website at www.prizmcarnival.com for details on how you can get involved. Celebrate the Caribbean spirit with PRIZM!

Antonio RodriguezAntonio Rodriguez is a musician and singer born in Veracruz, Mexico. He began his passion for music at 6 years of age and since then has played different musical styles like ballads, boleros, trova, folk music of Latin America, Salsa, Merengue and more. At the moment Anotio appears in a variety of musical scenes around the Southeast playing the percussion and guitar and sharing his passion for  the musical diversity in LatinAmerica. For more information visit www.facebook.com/soneando

The SALSAtlanta performance group was formed in 1999 by Julián Mejía.  Julián studied Rueda de Casino in Miami and after moving to Atlanta formed the foremost Casino school in the area.

The SALSAtlanta performance group represents the school’s diversity and professionalism with performances at the 1st Annual Atlanta Salsa Congress, business conferences, schools, and various social events. In 2004, SALSAtlanta competed at the Miami Rueda Congress and won 3rd place.

SALSAtlanta embodies the spirit of unity and gaiety that Rueda-style salsa incites. The performance group is devoted to spreading the joy of dancing and teaching Rueda-style salsa throughout the city of Atlanta and beyond.  For bookings and more information, please contact Julian Mejia: (404)915-6289 or visit our web site:  www.salsacasino.com.

Sanggar Lestari IndonesiaSanggar Lestari Indonesia (Indonesian Performing Group) was founded 12 years ago in Atlanta to fill the needs of Indonesian traditional dancers for the Asian Cultural Experience (ACE) at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. We have been participating with ACE and other major business, community and university cultural events in Metro Atlanta, Conyers, Valdosta, Savannah as well as Mobile, Alabama. We are proud to be the 3rd winner of 2006 Azalia International Folk Dance Competition in Valdosta. Our goal is to promote Indonesia by preserving our rich heritage for our children. We welcome talents of all ages to join our traditional dance troop.

For more information about Sanggar Lestari Indonesia, please visit our website at: www.sanggarlestari.com or contact: Mariana Mayer, 770-871-1519, mayermariana@yahoo.com

The Taiwanese School of Georgia drum team was established in 2008.  The team has undergone vigorous 3 hours training each week and has performed in many major metro Atlanta areas and important community activities.  Places such as the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Lake Lanier Dragon Boat race, Centennial Olympic park, Roswell Civic Center, Gwinnett Civic Center, Atlanta Taiwanese Association activities, Lunar New Year festivals, and also many school’s international events.

By contrast with other cultures, which mostly used drums at the wars, Taiwanese farmers used them to summon rain. The deep bass sound is represented as the rolling thunder from the sky, while the high treble sound is represented as lightening striking in the distance.  In almost all cases rain would appear within one to two hours after the drum was played.  

The school’s website is www.taiwaneseschoolofatlanta.com.

Tele-KENeticTele-KENetic is an Atlanta based band comprised of seasoned musicians from Canada, Colombia & the United Stateswho play a mix of rock, country, and blues..