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July 13, 2014
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It's a wrap for WorldFest

A white-bearded magician gravely shakes hands with a pint-sized admirer with a glitter-painted face. Down a marigold-accented walkway, a circle of dancers attempt some Greek-inflected moves. Just around the corner, a woman practices her yoga poses to the eclectic beat of Joe Craven and Mamajowali as the scent of barbecue wafts below the pine trees. An attentive audience has sought respite from the afternoon sun inside yet another, air-conditioned building as they listen to Malaysian songstress Yuna.

The fact that this is all happening at the same time means only one thing — California WorldFest is in full swing on the last of four days at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. The event, which was expected to draw 6,000 concert goers each day, featured an eclectic array of world-class performers on eight stages and wrapped up Sunday night with WorldFest faves Delhi 2 Dublin.

Delhi 2 Dublin was what drew Grass Valley residents Brad and Colleen Carson out Sunday afternoon.

Colleen Carson noted that the night shows are her favorites, adding, “The shopping is great and the food is always exceptional.”

Husband Brad chimed in. “The variety of music encourages multiculturalism and the people-watching is excellent.”

The multicultural aspect of the festival also was the highlight for Walnut Creek resident Gabriela Castelan, who said,

“This festival is the perfect counterpoint to the xenophobia running rampant in this country. It brings multiculturalism to an appreciative, mostly Anglo-American audience.”

Castelan, who comes to WorldFest every year, said she particularly appreciated the number of Latino performers, whom she said were very well-received by the audiences.

“The musicians really stretch here,” Castelan said.

The quality of the musical acts was a big part of what draws longtime vendor What’s In Store to the WorldFest year after year, owner Zuni Picarelli said.

“We love this festival,” she said. “First of all, we’re by the Sierra stage, so we get to see great acts all day long.”

Both Picarelli and partner Nango said the customers, many of whom also come back every year, stand out, as well.

“They are beautiful,” Nango said. “They are very friendly here, and we all need that.”

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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