Centreville: Celebrating International Diversity

Centreville: Celebrating International Diversity

Sixth-annual Centreville International Showcase draws several hundred.

The MaeHwa Dance Team  from Kyungi High School performs.

The MaeHwa Dance Team from Kyungi High School performs. Photo by Steve Hibbard.


Alberto Ramirez from Guatemala performs.


The JUB Cultural Center drummers perform.

Several hundred people attended the Sixth-Annual Centreville International Showcase on Saturday, April 30 at the Korean Central Presbyterian Church in Centreville. Highlighting the diversity of Northern Virginia, the celebration included international foods from local restaurants, music and dancing. The event was sponsored by the Centreville Immigration Forum.

When it began in 2010, the Guatemalan workers wanted to showcase their art, music, and dancing, but it has expanded since then.

"We're really excited to be at the Korean Central Presbyterian Church enjoying their wonderful space and hospitality," said Alice Foltz, president of the board of directors of the Centreville Immigration Forum. "We have more international food and performers than ever. We know this will be a wonderful expression of Centreville's international community."

The food selections came from Citimart International Grocery & Convenience Store, Two Amigos Restaurant, Ciao Osteria, Chicken Latino, Tandoori Village, El Quetzal Grill and Restaurant, Guapos, Cuna del Sol, Alpha Delta Kappa and Nick's Taverna.

The entertainment included Irish Dancing from the O'Neill-James School of Irish Dance, Tinkuy Music from the Andes, music from the Washington Area Senior Harmonica Group, music from Jayati Dasgupta, members of the MaeHwa Dance Team, members of the Korean drummers of the JUB Cultural Center, Honduran and Salvadoran dancers, musician Benito Chavez, Guatemalan musician Alberto Ramirez, and the Azucar GMU Salsa Club.