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Welcome to the Centene Performances & Activities Page!

Scheduled and Watch Anytime performances are listed below. All Scheduled activities will be recorded and can be viewed in September.

All performances and activities will be available through Zoom and Facebook Live. To watch through Zoom, click on the performance/activity and register. You will receive an email notice and reminder about time of performances. We will only be responding to questions and comments on Zoom.

Thank you for being a part of Festival of Nations 2020!

Festival of Nations 2020 Live Recordings

FoN 2020 Live

Young Friends Bagels & Coffee:
Immigrant Family Experiences in St. Louis

FoN 2020 Live

Korean Cooking Demonstration: Japachae
Recipe

FoN 2020 Live

Learn how to Salsa Dance

FoN 2020 Live

Learn how to Belly Dance

FoN 2020 Live

Korean, Spanish, and Arabic Language Lessons

FoN 2020 Live

JOIA: The World Percussion Ensemble

FoN 2020 Live

Samba Bom – Brazilian Music

FoN 2020 Live

Rockwell Beer Tasting and International Food Pairing

FoN 2020 Live

DieDra and The Ruff Pro Band

FoN 2020 Live

Chris Stephens

FoN 2020 Live

Spanish Cooking Demonstration

FoN 2020 Live

Choro Guys – Brazilian

FoN 2020 Live

Festival of Nations: Share Your Memories, Experiences, Comments, and Questions

Watch Anytime

Choro Guys – Brazilian Music

Choro Guys – Brazilian Music

Samba Bom – Brazilian Music & Dance

Samba Bom – Brazilian Music & Dance

Jacob Shacko & The Revival School – Congolese

JOIA Shaker DIY

Grupo Atlantico – Colombian

Grupo Atlantico – Colombian

Philippine Art Foundation – Filipino

Folkloric Group Colombia – Colombian

Gateway Science Academy

International Folk Dance Association – European

Learn a Turkish Dance with IFDA

Dizzy Atmosphere – French

Dizzy Atmosphere – French

Our Lady of Guadalupe Dance Ministry – Mexican

Sunshine Community Performance Ensemble – West African

Sunshine Community Performance Ensemble – West African

Aalim Belly Dance – Middle Eastern

Aalim Belly Dance – Middle Eastern

Korean Cooking Class (password is Mosaic072820!) – Bomi Park, Assistant Project Manager at St. Louis Mosaic Project, demonstrates how to make bulgogi. Bulgogi, literally “fire meat”, marinated slices of beef or pork grilled on a barbecue or on a stove-top griddle. It is also often stir-fried in a pan in home cooking. Sirloin, rib eye or brisket are frequently used cuts of beef for the dish. Bulgogi recipe.

In Loving Memory of Linda "Atea" Evans

Earlier this year we lost a dear friend and performer of The International Institute and Festival of Nations. Linda Atea Evans – April 20, 2020.

Linda’s passion for Hawaiian and Polynesian dance, music and culture was always on display. She loved to perform, attend workshops and teach her love of dance. Linda’s desire to learn, perform and most of all share the culture through music and dance always present.

At the Festival of Nations   Linda led her dance group, The Hawaiian Polynesian Review. They were participants from the beginning in Tower Grove Park. She was also one of the first instructors for our audience participation activity area, today known as the Village Green. Sadly with FON 2019 being her last time. Even then Linda was already planning ahead for this year.
She was a “Kumu” which means teacher in the true sense of the meaning.

Linda gave of herself in so many ways in the community through her dancing with performances for groups ranging from the U.S. Army Reserves, U.S.D.A, seniors events and more. She loved the Luau’s and stage performing.

We will miss Linda’s kindness, humor, talent and love of the Hawaiian and Polynesian culture. But mostly just seeing her at the Festival of Nations!

From Hawaiian Polynesian Revue

Linda Evans & Berny Juengst formed Hawaiian Polynesian Revue dance group in 1993. Linda had led the group for nearly 26 years after that. Although the group mainly performed in the bi-state region, HPR always had so much fun and exciting adventures performing. Linda truly enjoyed expressing Hawaiian culture through her dance at Festival of Nations both performing on stage and lending lessons to anyone who wanted to learn at the Village Green.

Linda lived and breathed the Hawaiian dancing till the very end, with her group members dancing right beside her. It made her so happy and smile. Linda “Atea” Evans was our fierce leader, she was our “Kumu” which means teacher in Hawaiian. As her wish, the group will plan a trip to Hawaii next year to celebrate Linda’s life and legacy. We surely love and miss her​.

We depend on generous gifts from supporters of the festival to ensure that the work of the International Institute of St. Louis continues, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic when the need is greater and resources are less.

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