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What’s new at California WorldFest

Imagine yourself on a warm, sunny day, walking through the gates of the Fairgrounds to the California WorldFest. On your right, you hear the beautiful island sounds of George Kahumoku on slack key guitar. You walk a little further and watch people in colorful sarongs dancing to the Haitian melodies of Emeline Michel. While hearing David Bromberg’s hot bluegrass in the background, you pick up a Caribbean skewer and say hello to friends as the juices run down your fingers. A little further and you find yourself in a Maidu village listening to Native American flutes and tales of early California Indian culture. World cultures meet and embrace as you travel through this year’s 12th annual WorldFest, July 17-20.

Dan DeWayne and Christine Myers produce California WorldFest as a production of Maple Creek Presents, Inc. based in Chico. However, Dan and Christine feel like Nevada County is their second home and have brought the concept of “think globally Ð act locally” front and center stage at this year’s festival. “We feel a special bond to Nevada County and are honored to be able to support the local community and economy” says DeWayne. “WorldFest is all about family and family supports each other, both locally and globally.

This year, WorldFest has partnered with the South Yuba River Citizens League to showcase films from the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

“We had been thinking about how great it would be to integrate the Wild & Scenic Films into a music festival environment” says Kathy Dotson, Director of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. “It was a perfect fit for us to introduce the film festival to people that would likely appreciate the message and to work together with the WorldFest team to create something bigger than either of us could do alone. It’s a real synergistic process.”

In addition to SYRCL, WorldFest is working with the local Tsi-Akum Maidu Tribe to host a new Native People’s Village at the festival. Two bark houses will be built at the Fairgrounds and the Maidu Tribe will be at the event to talk about their history and future. Don Ryberg, Chairman of the Tsi-Akum Maidu, feels that this is a perfect opportunity for the Maidu people to do expanded community outreach. Nevada County sits on land that the Maidu people have lived on for many hundreds of years. Ryberg stated that they are happy to have the opportunity to teach today’s people about our culture and the issues affecting us today.

Now in its 12th year, DeWayne says that WorldFest has always been about family and community. “Our goal is to spend four days under the beautiful pines and oaks, sharing the joy of our world through music and great food, while learning a little bit more about each other and our planet. We are honored to work with so many wonderful Nevada County non-profit organizations every year.” Other local non-profits that are part of the WorldFest “village” include KARE Krisis Nursery, Sierra Nevada Health, KVMR, and Neighborhood Center for the Arts.

California WorldFest takes place July 17-20 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Hours are 4 p.m to 10 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are on sale now. For tickets and a schedule of

performances, call (530) 891-4098 or visit http://www.worldfest.net.

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