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Monday, November 1, 2021

FusionFest returns to downtown Orlando on Thanksgiving weekend

Posted By on Mon, Nov 1, 2021 at 3:44 PM

  • Photo by LL Production, courtesy FusionFest
FusionFest — the annual showcase for the many cultures that make Central Florida so vibrant — will be back in downtown Orlando for a fourth year on Thanksgiving weekend.

This year's event promises a myriad of music, film, dance, food, art, fashion, spoken word and interactive activities from all around the world, with 1,000 artists taking over the streets of downtown Orlando near the Dr. Phillips Center.

But this year's event also will see the debut of the Opening Spectacle to kick the weekend off, a massive fanfare of drums, horns and dancers that will function as a musical starter pistol for FusionFest.

Other programming innovations this year include a Family Village with plenty of activities for the kids and FLY with FusionFest, a raffle for two air tickets from Caribbean Airlines.

“FusionFest has become a mainstay of Orlando’s Thanksgiving calendar. It’s a kaleidoscopic fusion of aromas, sights, sounds, tastes, textures and fascinating short films that represent the diverse origins and heritages of our community," said FusionFest Chief Instigator Terry Olson and Managing Director Thali Sugisawa in a press statement. "It’s a colorful bazaar of live performances, music, food, displays, interactive exhibits and other experiences crafted to demonstrate the richness and depth of our area’s many ethnic traditions, which we can’t wait to present this year on another level.”

FusionFest happens on Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 27-28. The event is free, but "VIP Passports" are available for $25,

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