AKD is back for its 16th consecutive year. AKD is an intercollegiate dance competition that invites dance teams from across the country to come and compete for prize money. With representation of Bhangra, Fusion, and Raas-Garba, Aaj Ka Dhamaka prides itself on embracing diversity and promoting unity amongst the South Asian community. All proceeds from the competition go directly to the Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship, a non-profit, student-run fellowship that creates service projects benefiting the South Asian communities both at home and abroad. AKD also brings in acclaimed performers including Bikram Singh, Juggy D, Raghav, Culture Shock, H-Dhami, and Anoop Desai. The event takes place this year on Sat, November 1, 2014 at Memorial Hall on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill. For further details write email@example.com or visit www.uncakd.org
Sitar maestro Patha Bose, along with Indranil Mallick on tabla, will perform an Indian classical music concert on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 6:30pm at Durham Friends Meeting House, 404 Alexander Ave, Durham, NC 27705. Suggested donation for the concert is $15 per person. Durham Friends Meeting House is next to the Ronald McDonald House. Parking is available on the street or across the street at the Duke Security parking lot. Walk thru the playground, all the way to the back building. For more details about the performance, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bhajan samrat Anup Jalota will perform in Charlotte on Sunday, November 9, 2014 beginning at 4pm at Hindu Center Vihar Bhavan, 7400 City View Dr., Charlotte NC. All funds raised will go towards New Vedanta hall construction fund. Tickets range from $25-$100. For more details call 704-488-8145 or 704-524-4191. Details about Anup Jalota’s tour can be found at www.facebook.com/RhythmAsiaUSA
The Asian Indians of Hampton Roads organization will present their annual India fest on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 11am – 7pm at Virginia Beach Convention Center. Visitors will enjoy yoga demonstrations, food, arts, crafts, an Indian bazaar, henna and much more. Parking and admission are both free. For further details visit www.aihr.org
The annual North Carolina State Fair takes place at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh from October 16 – 26, 2014. The fair is filled with activities including national performers, cooking contests, arts, crafts, children’s activities, rides, vendors, and numerous competitions. The fairgrounds are located at 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607. For full details visit www.ncstatefair.org
The Renaissance Festival is a 16th century European style art and entertainment festival combining outdoor theater, circus entertainment, arts and crafts marketplace, a jousting tournament, a feast fit for royalty, and more. The 21st annual season is now running in Charlotte on Saturdays and Sundays, through November 23, 2014. The Carolina Renaissance Festival was introduced in 1994 with six acres of exhibits, attractions and entertainment. The event has grown into a twenty acre theme park filled with cottages and castles, kitchens and pubs, and a most unusual collection of people powered rides and games of skill - all nestled in 325 acres of woodlands. Tree lined lanes are filled with over 100 purveyors of crafts and food, and non-stop music and comedy shows are presented on 11 stages every event day. Sit back and watch, or become a part of the action, surrounded by over 500 costumed characters roaming the festival village. Experience the clashing of armor and the thundering of hooves daily with full combat jousts at the King’s Tournament Arena. For more details visit http://www.royalfaires.com/carolina/
Sri Venkateswara Temple of NC’s fourth annual gala dinner takes place on Friday, November 14, 2014 beginning at 6:30pm. The venue is HSNC Main Hall, 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC. General admission is $100 per person and children 10 and below will be admitted for free. Child care will be provided at no cost. The fundraiser will feature dinner and family entertainment by singers including Krishna Chaitanya, Rahul Sipligunj, Nitya Bhavya, and others. For more details call 919-468-0040.
The Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (TAGCA) will present annual Dasara Deepaavali Celebrations on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 4 – 9pm. The event features performances, food, skits and more. This year’s venue is Jay M Robinson High School, 300 Pitts School Rd SW, Concord, NC 28027. Members: Free Entry / Non-Members: Per family: $15, Single: $8. For more details: 704-756-2782 or send an email to email@example.com or visit www.tagca.org
Mario Röllig, who spent 3 months in 1987 in an East Berlin secret prison for trying to escape from communist East Germany, will tell his story during an afternoon of public activities to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The event takes place on Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 2 – 6pm at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. Ninth Street. For more details call 704-687-0085 or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
In its third year, the Underexposed Film Festival continues to give its audience fascinating stories, dynamic animation and documentaries that tackle a wide range of cultural topics. With 28 films from 5 continents entered into competition, and 20 invitational films curated by Collins, audiences can experience three days of the best that independent filmmaking has to offer. The festival is from November 13 - 15, 2014 at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, with after-parties at various restaurants and venues in Old Town Rock Hill. Thursday and Friday it starts in the evenings. It is all day Saturday.