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Fourth Annual Pearland International Festival Announces Line-up for September 16-17 Festival

PEARLAND, TEXAS – The Pearland International Festival, an annual celebration of the cultural expansion and impression in Pearland, has announced the program and line-up changes for the 4th annual festival. The new line-up for the festival will include an intimate adult-only Friday evening concert followed by a full day of family activities and entertainment on Saturday. The dates have been confirmed as September 16-17, 2016 where the two-day bash will be held at the International Festival’s new location at The Pearland Town Center (11200 Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77584). The Festival has grown tremendously since its institution in 2012, more than 16,000 visitors were noted to have enjoyed the festival last year and more than 18,000 are expected this year.

“With the growth of the festival and the excitement we have been able to generate regarding our community’s diversity, the Foundation felt that we needed to expand this year’s festival,” said Joshua Hari, co-founder of the Pearland Foundation for the Performing and Visual Arts. “The two-day event will provide us with a number of amazing food vendors, cultural performances, and highlight Pearland’s cultural mix.”

Friday’s festival line-up and kickoff party is a dedicated oldies theme. Festival goers can look forward to memory lane with featured hits from the 70s all the way through the 90s, including performances by XPRYNZ, The Grooves, and headliner The Molly Ringwalds. Food trucks and various beverage stations, including beer, wine, sodas, and water, will be on hand. The $25 admission for Friday also allows entry for Saturday’s event. However, Friday night will be limited to attendees who are 18 or older.

Saturday September 17’s family-friendly line-up will feature cultural performances from nearly every region of the globe. Acts hit the stage shortly after the national anthem at 11 a.m. and include Grupo Folklorico Raises de Panama, Cumbia en Movimiento, Yuva Hollywood Dance and Fitness, Heirro Forjado Flamencos, LAA Society, Capoeira Luanda Sugarland, Kalpana Subbarao Indian Classical Dance, Mixteco Ballet Folklorico, The Modern Gypsy Project, Kalilah Dance Troupe, Del Espadin Baile Espanol. Performances from Sandy G. y Los Gavilanes and the Galaxy Band, winners of the Caribbean Achievement Award, cap off Saturday’s festivities.

Tickets can also be purchased for the Reflection Bay Event Center “Taste of Pearland” VIP tent. VIP tent sales are for one of two flights – an early flight from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and later flight from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The $50 VIP admission grants you access to a number of food and wine vendors from the Pearland area and includes a keepsake wine glass and other discounts at participating restaurants and wineries.

The festival boasts an enhanced HEB Kids Zone experience, with many free activities for children including face painting, rides, and arts and crafts. Representatives from the Houston Rockets and the Texans Street Team will also be on hand. In addition, live music and dance performances, international food, and family-fun activities with occur throughout Saturday’s Festival. Tickets for Saturday’s event are $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years of age. Parking is free.

“We really appreciate the generous support of our community partners, including HEB,” said Mark Smith, this year’s chairman of the Pearland Foundation for the Performing and Visual Arts. “It’s because of their support that we can offer many of the Kids Zone activities for free. Cultural is about family and community, so we really want our families to come out and have a great time.”

The festival is supported by a City of Pearland Cultural Arts Grant program from the City of Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau created the “Fall into Pearland” getaway promotion which includes special hotel rates and other promotions throughout the year for a weekend stay in Pearland.  Pearland International Festival-goers can take advantage of special rates by clicking on, www.pearlandifest.org and selecting “Hotel Packages” in the right column.

Vendor booth and sponsorship opportunities are available and donations are very welcome. For purchase tickets or for more information visit www.pearlandifest.org or contact Joshua Hari at joshua@ifestoftexas.org.

The Pearland Foundation for the Performing and Visual Arts

The organization that hosts the Pearland iFest is the Pearland Foundation for the Performing and Visual Arts. The Pearland Foundation for the Performing and Visual Arts (PFPVA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote awareness of the community's cultural diversity through events, education and scholarship programs. PFPVA’s fourth annual Pearland International Festival offers a unique way to help raise funds and cultural awareness. All proceeds from the Pearland International Festival are dedicated to performing and visual arts scholarships for local high school students seeking to pursue higher education. With the attraction’s growth, PFPVA has been able to award and many scholarships with 20 of those being awarded during the 2015-2016 school year.

Our Mission:

The Pearland Foundation for the Performing and Visual Arts promotes awareness of the community's cultural diversity through events, education, and scholarship programs.

Our Purpose: 

Pearland Foundation for the Performing and Visual Arts believes in the vital role of arts and culture in our society. We are dedicated to providing scholarships for students to realize their creative potential contributing to the cultural enrichment of a global society.  Our mission and strategic goals are focused on making the arts a vital, visible, and integral part of the intellectual and cultural life in Pearland through a Festival inspired by rich culture celebrating heritage, food, music and festivities.



The 2016 headline entertainment lineup is as follows:

2016 Performers Schedule
You will be able to fall in love with the electric eighties all over again when you go to see The Molly Ringwalds. A show from The Molly Ringwalds is sure to be an incredible night that everyone, from the uninitiated to the most diehard eighties fans alike, will enjoy and appreciate. Don't pass up your opportunity to re-experience the best moments of one of the most hedonistic decades of culture and music. 
Saturday, September 17th, 2016 Galaxy Band will return for the 3rd year with their captivating sound of Reggae, Soca, R&B, Dancehall, Jazz and Pop with the authentic styles from the Caribbean with the sounds and rhythms of the islands. In 2013 they received an award for the best Caribbean live band and entertainment group in the state of Texas by the Caribbean Achievements Award (CAA) Organization of Houston.
Plan to be at iFest this year which will be held at the Pearland Town Center in Pearland. Sponsorships, Volunteer Opportunities and Vendor Booth space are now available online through our website: www.ifestoftexas.org . Check out www.VisitPearland.com for hotel rates and other Pearland destinations. A Perfect Pick for a weekend getaway in Pearland.
“This project is supported by a City of Pearland Cultural Arts Grant program from the City of Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau.”

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