The 54th Biennial Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese Convention is one not to be missed. Everything listed below is included in the Event Package.
You will fall in love with your midsize host city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. All of us at St. Nicholas Church have. That’s why we stay here and that’s why we invited you here for what will be one of the most memorable conventions in our Archdiocese history.
Just take a look at all the wonderful celebrations, parties, and show events we have planned for you in the most fabulous ballrooms in the city. We promise, you won’t want to leave us once you EXPERIENCE GRAND RAPIDS IN PURE MICHIGAN.
Wednesday, July 24th, 10pm Pantlind Ballroom – FOR TEENS ONLY. This is your time to dance into the night with your peers. It’s the NAC TEEN SOYO 50th ANNIVERSARY DANCE. Open to all teenagers whether you’re a SOYO member or not. This party is your party and an opportunity to meet other teens and have fun.
RIVERWALK STREET FAIR FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Thursday, July 25, 7pm Devos Place Secchia Lobby & Riverfront Terrace – This is Family Party Time. Bring everyone to this casual indoor and outdoor street fair on the banks of the Grand River at our Convention Center. There will be a Stilt Walker, Juggler, Balloon and Face Artists, a Selfie Station and Caricaturist. A Gimme Shop and Live Music. Sliders and Street Tacos are the evening fare with Ice Cream Carts and Beer Kegs flowing. Bring your Souvenir Journal and have your friends sign it like a keepsake Yearbook.
‘FROM BROADWAY TO GRAND RAPIDS’
Friday, July 26, 7:30pm Ambassador Ballroom – Move over America’s Got Talent and The Voice. We have ‘From Broadway to Grand Rapids.’ Some of the finest talent in our Archdiocese will grace the stage in song and dance. This will be a show to remember. Don’t miss a single act! Your evening’s entertainment begins here.
YALLAH…LET’S DANCE HAFLI
Friday, July 26, 9pm Devos Place Steelcase Ballroom B – Your Friday night entertainment continues with our Moroccan-themed HAFLI. Dabke to a Live Arabic Band. Let a Henna Artist paint your body art. Grab a picture with family and friends in the Photo Booth. Enjoy Middle Eastern Mazza Plates. Dabke into the night. Yallah!
‘LIGHT THE NIGHT’ GALA DINNER DANCE
Saturday, July 27th, 6pm Center Concourse and Ambassador Ballroom – The traditional convention banquet has changed and evolved into a unique night of celebration. Join us for a Cocktail Reception in the Center Concourse then at 7pm, enter the Ambassador Ballroom for our Dinner Dance. You will experience exquisite cuisine, fabulous music, and emotional moments as we pay a ‘tribute in lights’ to the 40th Anniversary of the Antiochian Village. It will be a night of memories…old ones and new ones.