Photos from the 9th Annual Kingston Multicultural Festival --
June 13th, 20th, and 27th 2021

All photos taken by Verofass Photography.

Join the Kingston Multicultural Festival this June on THREE different Sundays alongside the Kingston Waterfront Farmers Market in TR Gallo Park!

Sundays June 13th, 20th, and 27th at TR Gallo Park from 10am - 2pm.

The 2021 Multicultural Festival features performance, craft, and food from diverse cultures of the Hudson Valley!

Community Craft Project:  Worry Dolls Project/Proyecto Muñeca Quitapenas! Come discover this Guatemalan tradition and make your own doll to take home! (Even if you can't attend the festival, we hope you make your own doll from home! Visit our Worry Dolls/Proyecto Muñeca Quitapenas page to hear the story and learn how to make your own!)

Performance: Music and dance performances featuring traditions from around the world in the gazebo at 11 AM and 12 PM each festival day!

Food: The festival will bring two pop-up food vendors to the Waterfront Farmers Market all three weeks and also showcase the cultural culinary traditions of full-season vendors! Vendors were selected in partnership with students at the Applied Food Studies program of the Culinary Institute of America.

¡Únase al Festival Multicultural de Kingston este junio en TRES domingos diferentes junto al mercado de agricultores de Kingston Waterfront en TR Gallo Park! Domingos 13, 20 y 27 de junio en TR Gallo Park de 10 a 14 h. ¡El Festival Multicultural 2021 presenta presentaciones, artesanías y comida de diversas culturas del Valle de Hudson!

Proyecto de artesanía comunitaria: Worry Dolls Project / Proyecto Muñeca Quitapenas! ¡Ven a descubrir esta tradición guatemalteca y haz tu propia muñeca para llevarte a casa! (¡Incluso si no puedes asistir al festival, esperamos que hagas tu propia muñeca desde casa! Visita nuestra página de Worry Dolls / Proyecto Muñeca Quitapenas para escuchar la historia y aprender a hacer la tuya).

Comida: ¡El festival traerá dos vendedores ambulantes de comida al Waterfront Farmers Market durante las tres semanas y también mostrará las tradiciones culinarias culturales de los vendedores de temporada completa! Los proveedores fueron seleccionados en asociación con estudiantes en el programa de Estudios de Alimentos Aplicados del Culinary Institute of America.

Actuación: actuaciones de música y danza con tradiciones de todo el mundo en la glorieta a las 11 a. M. Y a las 12 p. M. Todos los días del festival.

Sunday June 13th

11 AM   Eduardo Parra

12 PM   Dojo Dance

The Argentinians, Maia Martinez & David Salvatierra are Directors and instructors of Dojo Dance Company, they bring a refreshing touch to the dance community of The Hudson Valley, New York.

Dojo dance company host social events, performs and teaches Argentine Tango, Latin Rhythms & Martial Arts. The company’s main goals are to share cultural values, create community through dance and improve life style by inspiring people to move and connect to others in meaningful ways.

View Dojo Dance in the 2020 Kingston Multicultural Festival.

Sunday June 20th

11 AM   Amadou Diallo

Amadou Diallo is a percussionist from Senegal West Africa, he has made his home in the Hudson Valley since 2001. Amadou enthusiastically shares his culture with children and adults, since arriving he’s done hundreds of performances, workshops, presentations and classes on West African culture and traditional African rhythms. He has done this for both independently in collaboration with and as a guest artist with other area groups and performers. Amadou teaches children in the TOPs program in the Kingston city school district and has an ongoing adult class in the Living Seed Yoga studio in New Paltz, New York. Amadou‘s classes are in the Djembe tradition and feature hand drums and large stick drums called Dun Duns.

View Amadou Diallo in the 2020 Multicultural Festival.


12 PM   Poets: Dr. Lucia Cherciu, Jerrice J. Baptiste, Khadija Ghanizada, David Gonzalez

Dr. Lucia Cherciu, Dutchess County Poet Laureate, has curated this diverse group of Hudson Valley poets to recite poetry in English and a second language. Many of them poems are original works.

Lucia Cherciu is a Professor of English at SUNY / Dutchess in Poughkeepsie, NY. She is the author of five books of poetry. Her work was nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize and twice for Best of the Net. She is the 2021 Dutchess County Poet Laureate.

Jerrice J. Baptiste is a native of Haiti.  She has authored seven children’s books and a full book of contemplative poems for adults titled Wintry Mix.Jerrice was the recipient of a residency for The Women’s Leadership Program at The Omega Institute in NY, 2019.

Khadija Ghanizada is from Afghanistan. A rising junior at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, she is majoring in Environmental & Urban Studies, a member of the Women’s Lacrosse Team at Bard, the president of the Muslim Student Organization and the Treasurer of the International Student Organization. She loves to run and work out, read books and poetry by Rumi, photograph nature and do photoshoots with friends.

David Gonzalez is widely regarded as one of the nation’s top storytellers. He was a featured performer at the National Storytelling Festival, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from International Performing Arts for Youth.  Mr. Gonzalez was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his original production of “The Frog Bride”, and earned his doctorate from New York University’s School of Education.

Sunday June 27th

11 AM   Tablo Muziko Klezmer

Klezmer music is the heart for longtime musical collaborators Elena Erber (accordion) and Karen Levine (clarinet and percussion), bandmates in Caprice Rouge and the Hotsie Totsie Klezmer Orchester. They are honored to share this traditional Jewish dance music for the Reher Multicultural Festival with their duo project Tablo Muziko. (

12 PM   Center 4 Creative Education Dancers

Pop-Up Food Vendors, All 3 Weekends!

Ku-Ki Shokudo

Logo for Ku-Ki Shokudo with bento boxes in the background

Land of the Tamale

Master tamale maker Verónica Martínez brings her authentic, scratch-made tamales to you at The Land of Tamales. All tamales are made fresh and inspired by Martinez’s family recipes from her mother and grandmother.

Martínez’s cooking is familiar to Kingston foodies. She has been selling her tamales and dishes at local farmers markets for over a decade. Martínez also operated Alebrijes when it was located on Wall Street in uptown Kingston. “Every time when I make my tamales, I think about my mom and my hometown. I have it in my blood. I love to cook. I really want to share with everyone what we have in Oaxaca”.

Kingston Waterfront Farmers Market Vendor Highlights

Masa Midtown

MASA Midtown logo

Ram’s Valley

Ram's Valley logo with a goat.