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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



Field Performance   

Bomba con Buya


Puerto Rican bomba music and dance



Field Performance   

Dabkeh Workshop with Muna Zarour 


Music and dance from Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria



Music Stage  Duzan Ensemble  

Syrian classical and folk music



Field Performance  

Ensemble Balkanske Igre


Balkan music and dance

 3:45-5:00pm Music Stage  



Music from Southern Italy



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



Field Performance


CYSO - Kaiso Steel Orchestra


Steelpan music from Trinidad and Tobago


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

Jazz meets Japanese folk music 



Field Performance  

Chicago Choro Club


Brazilian choro music


Music Stage  

Los Perros Cubanos


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



Field Performance  

A Trio from Maxwell Street Klezmer Band


Lively dance music



Music Stage  



Celtic fusion of folk, jazz, and funk



Field Performance  

A Flor de Piel


Latin fusion band performs traditional hits and originals



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


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