Houston International Festival: A Trojan Horse & A Great Wall

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A 100-foot long reproduction of the Great Wall of China will be plunked down in the streets of downtown Houston in late April, all part of this year's Houston International Festival. It'll be joined by a repro of the Trojan Horse (high school English anyone?).

This year's iFest is going to track the route of Marco Polo, his tours to China and India and other nearby countries starting on Saturday, April 30. It'll be doing this in a 16-acre area of downtown that includes City Hall, Bagby Street, and Tranquility and Sam Houston Parks.

As in years past, the Houston International Festival stretches over two weekends,, featuring a range of food, entertainment and arts. They mix it up between foreign bands and performance groups from far away places with names like The Golden Acrobats From China and home town talent such as Lucinda Williams and Los Skarnales.

Other highlights according to the festival's promoters:

- a Chinese silk exhibit - Chinese calligraphy - a Chine teahouse - Gateway of India which means a reproduction of the Mumbai, an Islamic structure with Hindu iconography

The 2011 Houston International Festival is open from noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 8 p.m. Sundays with ticket information availabe atwww.ifest.org and H-E-B grocery stores. Tickets are $12 in advance, $18 at the gate with kids 12 and under admitted free on Sunday May 8.

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