Dance, food and art from around the world: Milton’s first festival of inclusion considered a success | News


Milton’s Inaugural Inclusion Festival was a success last Saturday with hundreds of community members gathering at Bombardier Park West for the celebration.

The festival marked the start of statewide Inclusion Week, which Governor Phil Scott proclaimed in 2021.

The festival celebrated diversity in Milton through music, dance, fashion and visual arts.


The festival kicked off at noon with a Taiko drumming performance by Burlington Taiko. Next, students from the Up North dance studio took the stage, showcasing hip-hop and modern contemporary dance.

At 2:30 p.m., the Jeh Khulu Dance and Drum Theater presented an African drum and dance workshop with artists from Guinea, West Africa and the United States. After that, dancers from Up North ended the day with more dancing.


Throughout the day, attendees were able to have their faces painted, massaged, or try dishes from different places, including Mexico and Ethiopia.

In addition, the Milton Artist’s Guild presented two beautiful pieces by the Vermont artist Misoo, whose paintings from his “The Giant Asian Girls” series were on display.


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