After a proper instigation by veteran festival whisperer, Terry Olson, FusionFest! will commence here in Orlando on November 24th and 25th in front of the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center (DPAC) at City Hall Commons on Orange Avenue . Presented by DPAC, FusionFest is a joint project of the Downtown Arts District, Orange County Government, City of Orlando/Downtown Development Board and an increasing grassroots movement. The free-admission, two-day festival will go from noon until sundown on both Saturday and Sunday.


Visitors and locals alike will enjoy the rhythms of African drums, Chinese pipa, Scottish bagpipes, American blues guitar, Indian sitar, French accordion and Mexican pan flutes at the Music Stage. The Dance Stage will feature Irish step dance, Brazilian samba, the Chinese lion dance and a dazzling display of rhythmic cultural fusion. Stories of various cultures from around the world will be shared at The Spoken word stage as well as a Haiku Contest and Teen Showcase. At the International Food Court you’ll find a smorgasbord of interesting culinary and beverage offerings. Food tokens will be sold at nearby ticket booths. Shop for unique clothing, fine art, and other items crafted by artisans from around the world at the International Marketplace. The festival’s original film program, MYgration will offer short films that tell the personal stories of how people from other parts of the world came to live and thrive in Central Florida (go to

Additionally, there will be a Fashion Showcase and contest, a Global Street Dance Party, the Diversitastic! Choir, the Diversitastic! Parade and more! Programs will run in 15 minute increments, with something new starting every fifteen minutes! With free admission, you can come and go at your leisure and become totally immersed in a diversity of cultures. For details including a map of the festival location please visit

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Sharon Fletcher Jones is a true Libra, an action-ist, and a budget fashionista. The Portsmouth, Virginia native is also an employment specialist with Goodwill Industries, a life coach and an associate editor at ONYX Magazine. Stacey’s mom (literally) has got it going on. Fletcher Jones’ personal mantra is “It’s the dash that counts.”


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