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The Reston Multicultural Festival takes place on Saturday, September 23. This is a signature event for the Reston Community Center and this year promises to be the best one yet! New this year is a program called Turning Heads which explores the diverse ways we express our identity and culture through our hats, head coverings and hair styles. Various speakers will be present and demonstrations held throughout the festival.

Earl Burrowes of KG’s Cutz will explore barbershop culture and provide free haircuts for selected patrons in the “Barbershop Stadium”. “The Curl Whisperer” Tameeka McNeil-Johnson will explore cultural and social roots of hair styles and provide free hair care to selected patrons. Lubna “Luby” Ismail will lead a presentation and discussion about the hijab with a focus on building bridges across cultures and include the impact of wearing the hijab in the current atmosphere of Islamophobia. Young people will be able to make hats from many cultures and students will share literary works about their experiences with hair, head coverings and hats.

Food trucks will be added to the already great list of food vendors. The three performing arts stages will host many great performances including National Heritage Award Fellows Sidiki Conde performing Guinean dancing and drumming, and the Phil Wiggins’ Piedmont Blues House Party. This is going to be a great festival!

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