For Immediate Release
February 17, 2012
Contact: Anne Marie Weiss-Armush
DFW International Community Alliance

Dallas Councilwoman Ann Margolin, Honorary Chair for the Dallas international Festival and Chair of Dallas' Arts, Culture & Libraries Committee announces that visiting artists from Russia and Mexico will lead the lineup at the May 26 Dallas International Festival. The free event will be held at the Dallas Arts District along Flora Street from Pearl to Routh from 10 am to 7 pm. Krystall Balalaika from Saratov Russia and Las Artesanas de Michoacan from Mexico will be featured along with groups from Houston and Austin and dozens of metroplex arts groups representing cultures from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

In addition to the visiting artists from Russia and Mexico, the Paredes Middle School Orchestra from Austin will present music of the Middle East while Houston's Chilean Folklife share a musical tour of the 'longest nation' in the Americas.  Among the 60 dance, music and martial arts ensembles from across the North Texas region who will perform on three stages are the following:

BRAZIL: Capoeira Angola and Capoeira Dallas
JK Wong KungFu Tai Chi Academy
    CARIBBEAN: Watusi
    EGYPT: Nadi El-Raks and Soma
    HAWAII: KA PA Hula O Manulani and Grace Hula Dance Company
    INDIA: Saraswati Sitar Ensemble and Dhwani
5 Second Rule
    ITALY:I Piccoli Colori; I Colori Italiani
    MEXICO: Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico and Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl
    MEXICO: Garland I.S.D. Mariachi Estrellas
    MEXICO: Matachines of Cathedral of Guadalupe
    NATIVE AMERICAN: Ollin-Tonalzin
    POLAND: Orleta
The Plano Piper
    SPAIN: Daniel de Cordoba Bailes Espanoles
    THE WORLD - Nomad and Trialogue-World Jazz
    UKRAINE: Zorya Ukranian Dance Ensemble of Dallas
    USA: 4 Ever Young Barbershop Quartet
    VENEZUELA: Parranda Venezuela
    WEST AFRICA: Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble
    ZIMBABWE: Zimma-Rimba Marimba and Rattletree Marimba

Between 1996 and 2007 DFW International Community Alliance organized the annual Dallas International Festival in a variety of Dallas venues, including the Meyerson Symphony Center, Fair Park, and the Majestic Theater. This year, the festival is being revived and it is expected to attract more than 20,000people from across the DFW area.

DFW International Community Alliance serves as the portal for global North Texas, a network of 1,600 of the regions ethnic and internationally-focused civic, community and educational organizations. Its mission is to build mutual understanding and respect by linking diverse international cultural communities. DFW International Community Alliance promotes and links North Texas global groups through its website and cultural calendar at . For more details about DFW International Community Alliance, see the media page at or call 972-661-2764. High resolution images are available.