Treat your taste buds with Halušky and surprise your palate with Kukhura Ko Masu. From Norwegian lefse to Thai noodles, the Festival’s WORLD CAFÉ features more than 35 different ethnic food vendors.
2018 CAFES: African American, American Indian, Bangladeshi, Cambodian, Chinese, Colombian, Czech & Slovak, Danish, Dutch, Egyptian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Greek, Hungarian, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lebanese, Mexican, Nepalese, Nigerian, Norwegian, Pakistani, Palestinian, Peruvian, Polish, Sudanese, Taiwanese, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Ukrainian, & Vietnamese.
Reminiscent of street markets around the world, DISCOVER a diverse collection of ethnically-inspired crafts, toys, fabrics, clothing and more designed to intrigue any global citizen.
2018 BAZAARS: African American, American Indian, Angolan, Bangladeshi, Bolivian, Cambodian, Chilean, Chinese, Colombian, Costa Rican, Ecuadorian, Egyptian, Ethiopian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Ghanaian, Greek, Guatemalan, Hmong, Indian, Iranian, Irish, Japanese, Khmer, Malagasy, Mexican, Moroccan, Nepalese, Nigerian, Palestinian, Peruvian, Polish, Russian, Rwandan, Scottish, Seychellois, Somali, Sri Lankan, Taiwanese, Tanzanian, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Ugandan, Venezuelan, & Vietnamese.
2018 Visiting Performance Groups
Taiwan National University of Arts
The Festival is thrilled to be hosting a dance group from the Taiwan National University of Arts. The students are professionally trained in a wide variety of dance styles, including ballet, modern dance, traditional Chinese and folk dances, and aboriginal dance. This year the university is presenting a combination of traditional ethnic dances featuring elements of American jazz.
Cambodian Performers and Artists
The Festival is partnering with the Khmer Legacy Cambodian Museum & Performing Arts Center in St. Paul to present a group of performers and artists visiting from Cambodia. The group will be participating in a number of Festival areas, including on the World Stage and in the Folk Art Demonstrations. In addition, the performers will present a Chai Yum – a traditional parade featuring giant puppets and live music.
See here for an example: https://youtu.be/7p4CBGs-m1w
See here for examples from previous World Stage performances:
Assorted Teen Performances (2015)
Artisans working in a variety of media present cultural products and practices from around the globe. For many, knowledge of their craft has been passed down through generations. Others became passionate about their discipline later in life as a means of reconnecting with cultural heritage. In any case, these interactive and educational demonstrations are a must-see!
2018 DEMONSTRATIONS: African Warrior Bow & Raffia Costume Making, American Indian Silversmith, Chinese Caligraphy, Chinese Lingnam Flower & Bird Painting, Colombian Fiber Wall Tapestries, Czech & Slovak Egg Decorating, Ecuadorian Loom Weaving, German Star Making, German Porcelain Painting, Ghanaian Hair Braiding, Hmong Needlework, Indian Henna & Rangoli, Indian Traditional Painting, International Lace Making, Iraqi Caricature & Arabic Calligraphy, Italian Bocce Ball, Japanese Kimono Demonstrations, Khmer Angkorian Arts, Mexican Textiles, Mongolian Yurt Building, Native American Beadwork, Norwegian Hardanger, Polish Folk Art, Russian Folk Arts, Scandinavian Viking Age Crafts, Senegalese Pottery, Somali Finger Weaving, Swiss Woodcarving & Ukrainian Egg Decorating.
Our cultural exhibits highlight particular ethnic groups, allowing us to educate both about those peoples who have official country borders (via the United Nations) and those who do not. You can peek into the lives of other people and discover how beautifully different your worlds are within this single world.
You can also travel the world under one roof with a “passport” in our cultural exhibit area!
This is a fun and interactive activity for the whole family! Don’t forget to pick up your passport from any one of the information booths located throughout the Festival for only $1.00.
2018 EXHIBITS: Austrian, Bulgarian, Cambodian, Carpatho-Rusyn, Chinese, Colombian, Croatian, Czech & Slovak, Danish, Dutch, Egyptian, Finnish, French, Greek, Guatemalan, Haitian, Hmong, Hungarian, Indian, Iraqi, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Moroccan, Nepalese, Palestinian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Sri Lankan, Sudanese, Taiwanese, Tamil, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish & Ukrainian.