NEW GLOUCESTER – The Fiddlehead Art and Cultural Festival welcomed more than 1,200 people on May 15, the main day of activities. Declaring the first-ever event a triumph for its fund-raising efforts, organizers expect it to have raised thousands of dollars for the nonprofit center.

“Despite a cold and windy Friday night and a steamy hot Saturday, we welcomed more people than we expected for our first year,” said Jacinda Cotton-Castro, business director. “We are thrilled that so many enjoyed all the festival had to offer and now we plan to move forward with the event for years to come.”

Highlights included a Friday night performance by Mango Blue, an Afro-Latin funk band from New York City and Saturday performances by flamenco dancers, master drummer Shamou and Boston-based Rumbafrica.

The “Global Village” featured a blend of international performances, education and hands-on activities representing China, Italy, West Africa, North America (Native American and folk), as well as Celtic, Acadian, Nordic and other regions. Attendees took part in hands-on activities, including a rhythm jungle, clay, language, music and art.

The center creates an environment where children can be involved in the performing, visual and creative arts and sciences. It is a comprehensive multi-community arts center, located at 83 Pineland Drive at the Pineland campus. Call 688-2244 for more information or visit www.fiddlehead

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