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Dance, song from around globe at Crossroads

(Brian J. Cantwell, Seattle Times) This weekend’s Cultural Crossroads festival in Bellevue celebrates the growing diversity of King County’s Eastside.

Sponsored by the Ethnic Heritage Council, this annual event, now in its 21st year, brings a packed schedule of ethnic music and dance from around the world Friday through Sunday to Crossroads Bellevue shopping center.

And it’s all free, which is a very good price for Cheap Fun lovers.

Did we say diversity? Friday, hear ancient Russian folk songs and get a free tango lesson. Saturday, watch Te Fare O Tamatoa perform Tahitian dancing and drumming, or sing along with the Folkvoice Band, performing songs of Europe. Sunday, choices include the Kabuki Academy’s Japanese dance, Stick dances from Yap Island, and Irish step dancing. And there’s much more, all weekend long.