Prince George's County will celebrate its rich cultural diversity with the inaugural International Festival. The two-day event (July 12-13, 2014) will be held at The Boulevard at the Capital Centre and headlined by musical superstars TLC, Ludacris and Third World.
TLC has sold more than 65 million records worldwide and are recognized as the best-selling American female band of all time. The group suffered a great loss when rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes tragically died in an automobile accident, but surviving members Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas continue to perform and record new material. TLC plans to release their fifth studio album this fall.
Ludacris, a multiple Grammy award winning rapper, is also an accomplished actor. He has received raves for his roles in the feature movies Crash, Hustle & Flow, and the highly successful Fast & Furious franchise. Ludacris, or “Luda”, is a multifaceted entertainer who hosted this year’s Billboard Awards - he was rated by some critics as the best host in history of the show. Ludacris recently dropped the single “Party Girls”, featuring Jeremih and Wiz Khilifa, which will be the first single from his new album Ludaversal.
Third World are a legendary band of reggae ambassadors from Jamaica, best known for their smash singles “Try Jah Love” and “Now That We Found Love”. Third World was instrumental to the introduction of reggae music in the U.S. during their early years when they toured often with the iconic group Bob Marley and the Wailers.
British vocal sensation Estelle, gospel music luminary Byron Cage, hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari, local songstress Wayna and many more talented artists will also grace the International Festival stage this weekend.
In addition to the other musicians, the International Festival DJ Pavilion will feature incredible turntablists like Bobbito Garcia, Tittsworth and DJ "The Party Kingpin" Quicksilva from WKYS. Quicksilva is based in the DMV but he also performs at high profile events all over the globe. He was recently named the #12 DJ in the country by The Source, an influential hip-hop magazine. He also appears frequently on BET's 106th & Park television show.
The impressive collection of musical talent at the festival may grab your attention, but there will be many other cultural activities to experience. Custom built (and air conditioned) empowerment pavilions are designed to provide healthy dietary advice, economic education, positive motivation and life skills. The Health and Wellness zone will focus on health screenings (high blood pressure, diabetes), healthy cooking and exercise demonstrations. The Finance and Economics zone will teach financial literacy, first-time home buyer strategies and provide resources for small business owners. The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) Education zone will feature aerospace simulations, robotic demonstrations and a college fair. A 5K run and 1.5K walk are scheduled for Sunday morning.
And if that's not enough family-friendly entertainment for you, a full size carnival midway will be on site throughout the weekend and over 100 food and retail vendors are confirmed to attend.
The International Festival is sponsored by 93.9 WKYS, Majic 102.3, Comcast, Univision, Shoe City, The Greater Washington Urban League, El Zol 107.9 and others. To view the full listing of sponsors and performers, and for detailed information about the festival, please go to the event website: http://www.internationalfest.net/
Please note: no event parking is allowed this weekend at The Boulevard at the Capital Centre. The shopping center parking lot is reserved for customers of The Boulevard shops and restaurants. Festival parking will be available at the adjacent Largo Town Center Metro parking deck and nearby locations