World Beat offers opportunity for local dancers to share their culture

Dancers with Casa de la Cultura Tlanese are excited to be back at World Beat after the COVID-19 pandemic paused the annual festival.

The Salem-based nonprofit has been involved with the annual celebration since the start, said Paola Sumoza Maciel, COO and co-founder of Casa de la Cultura Tlanese. The group is nervous but excited to be back and show their hard work, she said.

World Beat is celebrating its 25th anniversary and will feature more than 70 nations and cultures through music, vendors and food. The festival at 200 Water Street NE is 5-10 pm Friday, 10 am to 11 pm Saturday and 11 am to 7 pm Sunday. Admission is $ 5.

Maciel is glad to see how much the festival has grown. It’s a growth she hopes to see for Casa de la Cultura Tlanese as well.

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