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Join Harford Community College at Kaleidoscope of Cultures on Thursday, November 15, at 6 PM in the Chesapeake Theater to celebrate International Education Week 2018. This event, designed to broaden participants’ global perspective, will feature outstanding performances by culturally diverse artists with free, interactive workshops led by the performers.

This year, Kaleidoscope features the Mosaic Dance Theater Company, a music and dance troupe; Taikoza, a Japanese Taiko drum group; and Polkadelphia, a polka band.

Mosaic Dance Theater Company is dedicated to the folkloric traditions of the Mediterranean – the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey, Greece, Italy and Spain. Touring nationally, MDTC is the recipient of the 2013 Sunshine Award for its contribution to the performing arts, recognized by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the United Nations.

Drawing from Japan's rich tradition of music and performance, Taikoza blends traditional Taiko drums, bamboo flutes and the Koto (a stringed instrument) to create a sound that transcends national boundaries. Formed in New York in 1995, Taikoza brings new energy to this ancestral form.

The polka originated in Eastern Bohemia as a simplified version of a waltz. As its popularity spread throughout Europe and the U.S., both the dance and the music that accompanied it took on regional variations. Polkadelphia introduces you to the “oompah” version best known for its tuba, trombone, trumpet and accordion, and a raucous good time!

After the performance, each group will hold an interactive workshop to teach participants their particular specialty areas.

Tickets for Kaleidoscope of Cultures are $3 for adults, free with a valid HCC ID or anyone under age 18. Tickets are available at LIVEatHarfordCC.com, 443-412-2211, or at the door. All venues are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Patrons requiring special seating arrangements may purchase accessible seating online. Assisted listening system headsets are available in the Chesapeake Theater and the Amoss Center.

Proceeds benefit the HCC Foundation's Scholarship for International Students.

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