The 13th Annual World Cultural Festival will transform Valparaiso’s Central Park Plaza into a colorful spectacle of cultural diversity from 12 noon to 5pm on Sunday, September 19th, 2021. Sponsored by The Valparaiso International Center (The VIC), the family-friendly event will feature music and dance from around the world, great shopping for international art and handicrafts, ethnic cuisine, and children’s activities. The festival is open to everyone, and admission is free of charge.
Imagine an afternoon spent traveling all over the globe. Sway to the sounds of a contemporary rock band from China. Then have a taste of some delicious tapas from Spain. Shop for arts and crafts produced by village women in Kenya. Back to the stage for traditional folk dancing from Serbia. Have a snack of kebabs made by a chef from Afghanistan. Close out your day listening to a folk violinist from Peru while eating Indiana-made ice cream. It’s all possible on Sunday, September 19th, in downtown Valparaiso.
PERFORMERS AND VOLUNTEERS
Hosts: Anand Agrawal & Gordana Traycof
12:00 Raghu Subramanian, vocals, Shivanand Bangar, tabla : Karnatic Invocation
12:05 The Blues Project
12:35 Jasmin Dancers – Chi Boa Dance
12:40 Indian Dance Club at Valparaiso High School
12:45 Ananya Kar: Classical Odissi dance
12:50 Kathak Dance with live singing: Tabla- Bertie Kibreah
1:05 Mei Feng
1:15 Bollywood Flare
1:25 Pancho & Caroline Rodea
1:45 Unjabi dancers: Nimrit and Guraik Chahal
1:50 Tiger Kumar – Guzheng (Chinese Zither)
2:05 Jasmin dancers
2:25 Peter Kaiafas & Friends, Oud Player
2:45 Rajasthani Folk Dance
2:50 Traditional Gujarati Garba
3:40 VivAnov Bulgarian Music and Dance
3:50 Classical Bharatnatyam Dance: Samyuktha and Sampreethi Swaminathan
4:00 VivAnov Bulgarian Music and Dance
4:10 Paul Horgash (Hammered Dulcimer)
4:35 Meyer School of Irish Dance
Schedule subject to change
“The World Cultural Festival is the yearly climax of our efforts to promote better global awareness and connections among the many cultures that make up our local community,” says Duane Davison, founding chair of The VIC. “The event provides an opportunity for people to learn about each other, enjoy their music and dance, sample their food, and make friends. The festival has earned a national reputation as a guaranteed good time. Last year’s festival was named by the international travel website Expedia as the best thing to do in Indiana.”
A variety of entertainment will be provided on stage at the Porter Health Amphitheater.
Many non-profit organizations and educational institutions will have information booths, and a variety of international products and fair-trade items will be available for sale at the World Bazaar. For the youngsters, there will be numerous activities with an international angle at the children’s tent and a display of artwork from local middle schoolers.
For more information about the World Cultural Festival and other programs of the Valparaiso International Center, visit its website at www.valpovic.org or call (219) 464-1122.
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