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Kent International Festival Reaches New Heights

Downtown Kent was alive with music, food, and sky lanterns.

The International Festival in Kent Saturday attracted a diverse group — all ages and many ethnicities.  I stopped by during the day to hear the Kent African Drum Ensemble and the Doppel Adler German band.  The Doppler Adler band roused the crowd in song as the bandleader sang in German while asking the audience to join in.  Loose and lively, they took me back to my bike trip through Germany with their small town feel and big sound.

The energetic Taiko drummers were quite good given some of the members' young ages.  Musically and visually, they were well synchronized.  They also provided a transition to a breathtaking event, the release of many sky lanterns at dusk, which were set alight by attendees and released skyward.  Last seen, they were headed high over the Kent State Campus.

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Albert D. Melfo October 08, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Sorry I missed it -- looks great!
James Vaughan October 09, 2012 at 11:58 PM
... they are very spectacular!
Brad Bolton October 10, 2012 at 02:20 AM
James, it was kind of spiritual to see all these lanterns rising at once, with every face smiling. It was a short-term community of sorts. Sorry you didn't get the pres in your studio!
Donald S October 10, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Since I know Rex is wondering and very very concerned, how many animals were hurt by the lanterns falling back to earth?
Brad Bolton October 11, 2012 at 01:27 AM
I really have no idea, but the lanterns are a thin paper with 2 wires that support a flammable card. The card burns out before the lantern lands on the ground. I suppose the wire could be a potential problem, but think how many pieces of metal junk fall off of vehicles daily. Actually, you should comment to the group that sponsored the event. I think it was Main Street Kent, but a quick search on the Patch should tell you.

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