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Art of all kinds take center stage in the Alamo City this Weekend.


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Diwali is traditionally five-day holiday that champions knowledge over ignorance, light over darkness and good over evil. People all over the world participate in the annual celebration of Indian culture, including in San Antonio where more than 30,000 took part in Diwali festivities last year. 


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The Institute of Texan Cultures prepares to take Texans on a delicious tour of the world this weekend.

 

Jo Ann Andera, the director of the Asian Festival, is excited at what the public will see.

 

"It's an incredible event, and it's an experience in color of costumes, incredible faces,” she said. “It's a great showcase of the diversity of our community."

HemisFair '68 was held April 6 to Oct. 6, 1968. The theme of the fair was the confluence of civilization in the Americas.
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Fifty years ago, HemisFair '68 opened its gates. The international extravaganza, held at the heart of the city, opened on April 6, 1968, and closed six months later on Oct. 6th.


"Vintage HemisFair '68 Postcard": The Texas World's Fair was held in San Antonio. The Tower Of The Americas was buit for HemisFair '68
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As San Antonio celebrates its 300th birthday, HemisFair '68 celebrates its 50th. The world's fair opened April 6, 1968, closed six months later, and San Antonio would never be the same.


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From a Patriotic Pops performance, to a cave concert, to the Texas Salsa Festival, the holiday weekend holds the promise of plenty of fun here in South Texas.

From Texas Standard.

This is the third story in a three-part series about HemisFair ’68. For part one, click here. For part two, click here.

Today, if you stand at the site where San Antonio held a World’s Fair 50 years ago, you’ll see structures that define San Antonio, like the Tower of the Americas, for one. What you won’t see, though, are too many remnants of what used to be there – what was cleared away for the fair to take place.

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HemisFair ‘68 opened on April 6, 1968, in a San Antonio very different from the city we know today.

From Texas Standard.

This is the second story in a three-part series about HemisFair ’68. For part one, click here.

50 years ago this week San Antonio kicked off its world’s fair – HemisFair ‘68. Thursday, we brought you the story of how HemisFair turned San Antonio into the city we know today. It’s no small miracle that the fair even happened in the first place.

From Texas Standard.

There’s a saying that every Texan has two hometowns: their own, and San Antonio. Historically, culturally and personally – somehow all Texans have a connection to the Alamo City. But as we learn in the first of a three-part series on the 50th anniversary of HemisFair ’68, San Antonio hasn’t always been the modern, tourist-ready town it is today. Getting there involved a few growing pains – and a massive party.

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