Multicultural Travel News

Multicultural Travel News newsletter (MTN) covers travel news of interest to ethnic and niche travelers and those who market to them. We write about destinations that interest multicultural travelers or have outreach campaigns to travelers of Hispanic, African American, Asian American and other cultural backgrounds; women; LGBT travelers and people with disabilities.
Multicultural Travel News is also written for leisure and business travelers looking for what to see and do and for marketing executives interested in ideas, best practices and the business case for targeting so-called "minority" travelers. We cover cities and countries, hotels, airlines, cruise lines, convention and visitor bureaus, tour operators and other travel marketers with a multicultural angle. Multicultural Travel news is written and edited by Lisa Skriloff.

Pocono Mountains Celtic Festival, May 28-29, Shawnee Mountain, NJ

This Labor Day weekend, visitors can experience the sights and sounds of the Emerald Isles and Scottish Highlands in the beautiful Pocono Mountains on May 28-29. There will be non-stop Celtic music on two stages, foot stomping bagpipers from the MacKay Pipe Band, Celtic jam, working sheep dogs, Irish step dancers and a variety of Celtic craft and food vendors. The performances include KIR Project - Kirk McLeod from the band Seven Nations has launched the KIR Project. The KIR Project is a Musical Initiative aimed at bringing the Celtic Community closer together through music and dance; Halagan - Brought together to celebrate the police, the fire department and the military through blending celtic music and American standards, this group of five extremely talented musicians has electrified a multitude of audiences across the country with their high energy performances; Pocono Highland Dance Academy - The Pocono Highland Dancers are a cultural and educational group of young dancers that promote Scottish Culture in the Pocono Mountain Area; McElligott School of Irish Dance - Our mission is to instill the "Love of the Dance" in all dancers. McElligott School of Irish Dance is proud to be a registered school with the An Comisiun le Rinci Gaelacha; Gallagher School of Irish Dancing - Gallagher School of Irish Dancing is committed to promoting Irish Heritage through the learning of Irish Dance in competitive and non-competitive classes. For more information, visit http://www.shawneemt.com/s_celticfestival.html.  Read more >>

Catskills Irish Arts Week, July 10-16, 2016 in the Great Northern Catskills, New York

The Emerald Isle comes to the Great Northern Catskills every July for a week of non-stop Irish music, dancing, crafts and workshops, transforming the host town into a living Irish village set amid the green, rolling hills of East Durham, NY for this annual Catskills Irish Festival. Catskill Irish Arts Week, slated for July 10 – 16, 2016, at the Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural & Sports Centre in East Durham welcomes the public to explore the world of Irish step and sword dancing, Ceilithe, and the singular sound of Irish musical instruments such as fiddle, uilleann pipes, Bodhran, and tin whistle. One of the best Celtic festivals in New York State, Catskills Irish Arts Week offers an immersive experience for anyone who loves Irish music, dancing, art, and exploring cultural traditions. World-class musicians, more than 70 arts and cultural instructors from Ireland, Canada and the U.S. will take part in the week-long festival to offer exclusive workshops and classes, as well as nightly performances.  Highlights include the Tír na nÓg Youth Program, a  program of music, song, dance, poetry, storytelling, Irish mythology, Irish language, and Celtic Art; Ceilithes – Pronounced “kAI-lee,” a traditional Gaelic social gathering –, as well as The Great Barn Dance, slated for July 13th from 7 – 9 pm. The dance features music by Irish and American musicians, as well as traditional dances for the whole family. More information here: http://catskillsirishartsweek.com/  Read more >>

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Luce Cinecittà Announce La Magnani, May 18 - June 1

Luce Cinecittà in collaboration with the Film Society of Lincoln Center will host a film retrospective of the brilliant Anna Magnani, the seminal postwar Italian cinema actress. This retrospective will run from May 18th through June 1st, 2016 in New York City. There are 24-films in the series featuring works by leading directors such as Cukor, De Sica, Fellini, Lumet, Renoir, Rossellini, Visconti, and many others. La Magnani highlights the actress’s illustrious international career, including powerhouse performances for directors like Rossellini, Luchino Visconti (Bellissima), Pier PaoloPasolini (Mamma Roma), Federico Fellini (L’amore and Roma), Sidney Lumet (The Fugitive Kind), George Cukor (Wild I s the Wind), William Dieterle (Volcano), Mario Monicelli (The Passionate Thief), and Jean Renoir (The Golden Coach). This diverse survey of Magnani’s filmography also features a number of the actress’s rarely screened early performances, including her third–ever on–screen appearance, as a scheming maid opposite a young Vittorio De Sica in Mario Mattoli’s Full Speed; as a gold - digging showgirl in De Sica’s Doctor, Beware; showing off her distinctive vocal style as an enchanting nightclub performer in Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia’s La vita è bella; as well as her final roles in Alfredo Giannetti’s historical drama1870—the only time she appeared opposite Marcello Mastroianni—and Fellini’s Roma, her farewell to film. The series is the first stop of a traveling retrospective organized by Luce Cinecittà that will continue at film institutions around the United States, including the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus.  Read more >>