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World In Potsdam Diversity Festival Returns October 26

[Photos from last year’s festival for newspaper use are available at and]

Live musical and dance performances, storytelling, hands-on activities, lively demonstrations, exhibits and exotic foods will be featured at the Ninth Annual World in Potsdam Diversity Festival on Saturday, October 26, from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at the Cheel Campus Center at Clarkson University. Combo Tropical will perform from 7:30-11 p.m.wip2

Each year, the World in Potsdam Diversity Festival brings community members together for an all-day celebration of the cultures and peoples from around the world that highlights diversity while at the same time, reinforcing global unity.

The festivities planned for this year include live performances by world folk guitarist Victor Lopez, a master of classical and Spanish guitar technique; the Rob Roy Piper and Dancers, performing traditional Scottish music and dance; Nouvelle France, which offers a satisfying taste of 18th-century French music and dress; the Brockville Lions Club Steel Drum Band; and Combo Tropical, a band from Montreal that teaches the audience how to dance the salsa, merengue, cumbia, bachata, cha-cha-cha.

This year also features a guest appearance by renowned multicultural storyteller Leeny Del Seamonds, who will fascinate festivalgoers with her original stories and spirited recreations of legends and fairytales from far-off lands. With a twinkle in her eye and a fire in her heart, Leeny breathes life into stories as she masterfully and effortlessly springs from character to another, inviting audiences to share in her Latin sense of humor and love of all people.

World folk guitarist Victor Lopez, who appears at the festival for the first time, will delight the audience with his unique blend of musical styles and mastery of classical and Spanish guitar techniques.

A perennial crowd favorite, the Rob Roy Pipers and Dancers will return to the Festival to perform traditional Scottish music and dance. The group has been a proud member of the Kingston, Ontario, community since its origins in 1953. In its nearly 50-year history, the Rob Roy Pipers and Dancers has grown to over 150 pipers and performing members. The group is the only competing band in the region, participating in the Highland Games throughout Ontario, Québec, the northern United States and even Scotland.

Returning for the second time to the festival is the Brockville Lions Club Steel Drum Band. The band, which was formed in 1996 and is the first of its kind in eastern Ontario, is sponsored by the Brockville Lions Club and is made up of 30 teenagers from the Brockville area. The group has performed in many competitions and won numerous trophies and awards across Ontario, New York and Pennsylvania.

All festival events are free and open to the public. The World in Potsdam Diversity Festival is co-sponsored by the Village of Potsdam, Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam. The Sweetgrass Foundation is a major contributor toward the event.

For more information, call 315-268-6680 or visit

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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