- Arts & Humanities Month
- CommUNITY Picnic
- Day In The Life
- Ethnic Arts Festival
- Green Living Festival
- Hispanic Heritage Month
- Kits and Cats Week
- Lakeshore Arts Festival
- Starlight Movies & Concerts
Ethnic Arts Festival
The Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival is a celebration of arts and cultural diversity unlike any other!
July 20-21, 2013
Saturday & Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.
Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd. at Church St.
Evanston’s lakefront will be transformed into a Global Village this weekend for the 28th annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, a two-day celebration of global diversity. This free event features visual art from more than 100 countries, family crafts activities, international cuisine, and live music, dance, and spoken word performances. Attendees experience the colors, sounds, and aromas of world cultures -- they can learn a folk-dance from a faraway country, and experience the intriguing spices and seasonings of new ethnic foods.
The festivities kick off at noon Saturday with the Parade of Nations, a flag ceremony led by longtime WLS-TV personality and festival MC Bill Campbell. Community members place the flags of more than 200 countries around the lagoon at Dawes Park, honoring the diversity of our planet.
This family-friendly event features a wide range of crafts activities throughout the weekend, including origami and suminagashi workshops, face-painting, mehndi body decoration of India, mask-making, maraca-making, Mexican wrestling figures, and much, much more.
Attendees will enjoy continuous performances throughout the weekend by Occidental Brothers Dance Band International (Central and West African dance music), Isle of Klezbos (all-female klemzer band from NYC), Matuto (Afro-Brazilian bluegrass), Kuumba Lynx (featuring 2013 Louder Than a Bomb slam team champs), Las BomPleneras (all-female Puerto Rican bomba and plena), Mexican Folkloric Dance Company, Bollywood Groove, Bilingual Wiggleworms, and many others.
The Ethnic Arts Festival is sponsored by the City of Evanston Cultural Arts Division and partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
For more information, call 847-448-8260.
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