Rhythm Festival moves into Charles Village today

Drums, dancers, parade part of 10th annual event

October 02, 2004|By Laura Vozzella | Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF

Drummers, belly dancers and a parade led by a Chinese dragon will descend on Charles Village today for the 10th annual Baltimore International Rhythm Festival.

The free festival begins at noon with a parade on 27th Street between Charles and St. Paul streets, outside St. John's United Methodist Church. It will continue until midnight with musicians, drummers and dancers from Africa, North and South America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

The Baltimore International Rhythm and Drumming Society, a nonprofit organization that works to promote peace through music, is sponsoring the event.

The festival will offer children's activities, including a craft area where kids can make African prints and a "rhythmical play station," where they can play African drums and other percussion instruments from around the world. Workshops in drumming and dancing will be offered for $5, and vendors will sell international crafts and food.

Musicians and dancers will perform until 6 p.m. on an outdoor stage. The performances will move inside the church at 7:30 p.m. for a "drum jam." Featured performers will include N. Scott Robinson on frame drum, Mark Holland on native American flute, the Cuban folk group Havana Select and the Sankofa Dance Theater, a West African troupe.

Tickets for the evening performance are $10. Information: 410-889-7422 or www.drumto gether.net.

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