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Evanston’s lakefront will be transformed into a Global Village for the World Arts & Music Festival, a two-day celebration of global diversity. This free event features art from an abundance of countries, family crafts activities, international cuisine, and live music, dance, and spoken word performances. Attendees will enjoy continuous performances throughout the weekend at two venues. 

The World Arts & Music Festival is sponsored by the City of Evanston Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department and partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Entertainment Saturday, July 15


 Time  Location  Event/Performer  Description
 Noon Music Stage  Parade of Nations  

Opening Ceremony with flag procession.

 12:50-1:50pm Music Stage  

Shalizar Ensemble

 

Traditional Persian music

 

12:15-12:45pm

Field Performance   

Bomba con Buya

 

Puerto Rican bomba music and dance

 

1:55-2:20pm

Field Performance   

Dabkeh Workshop with Muna Zarour 

 

Music and dance from Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria

 

2:25-3:10pm

Music Stage  Duzan Ensemble  

Syrian classical and folk music

 

3:15-3:40pm

Field Performance  

Ensemble Balkanske Igre

 

Balkan music and dance

 3:45-5:00pm Music Stage  

Newpoli

 

Music from Southern Italy

 

5:05-5:30pm

Field Performance

Ayodele Drum & Dance: Sesa Wo Suban Youth Program

 

Interactive display of West African dance

 5:30-6:45pm Music Stage  

Salma El Assal 

 

Sudanese music

Entertainment Sunday, July 16


Time Location Event/Performer Description

11:45am-12:25pm

 

Field Performance

 

CYSO - Kaiso Steel Orchestra

 

Steelpan music from Trinidad and Tobago

12:30-1:20pm

Music Stage The MIYUMI Project with Tsukasa Taiko, featuring Dee Alexander 

Jazz meets Japanese folk music 

 

1:25-1:50pm

Field Performance  

Chicago Choro Club

 

Brazilian choro music

1:50-3:05pm

Music Stage  

Los Perros Cubanos

 

Music from Cuba’s Golden Age of the 1940s-50s

 

3:10-3:35pm

Field Performance  

A Trio from Maxwell Street Klezmer Band

 

Lively dance music

 

3:40-4:55pm

Music Stage  

NESSA

 

Celtic fusion of folk, jazz, and funk

 

5:00-5:25pm

Field Performance  

A Flor de Piel

 

Latin fusion band performs traditional hits and originals

 

5:30-7:00pm

Music Stage  

Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquestra

 

Popular Latin dance music with psychedelic flare

Food Vendors


 Vendor Cuisine 
Cocina Azteca  Mexican
 Babushka’s Polish Foods Polish
 Ćevapčiči   Balkan
 Tastebudz  American
 Tiki Island Concessions  Coastal American
 Table to Stix Ramen  Japanese
 Mt. Everest Restaurant  Nepalese 
 Viet Nom Nom  Vietnamese
 Anthony’s Italian Ice  Italian

Sponsorships


Are you interested in sponsorship opportunities for next year's festival?
For more information, email culturalarts@cityofevanston.org or call 847-448-8264.