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The 2017 World Arts Music festival was a huge success! 

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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 and dance 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  MC Bill Campbell  and
Lawrence Hemingway
 

Opening welcome

 12:15-12:45pm  Field Performance Bomba con Buya 
 Puerto Rican bomba music and dance
 

12:50-1:50pm

Music Stage  

Shalizar Ensemble

 

Traditional Persian music

 

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
 

Artist Vendors & Craft Activities

 Continent Artist Vendors  Craft Activities, 12:30-5:30pm
 North America Silky Hut
Drumzguruven
AP Woodcraft
Ear-Resistible
David Tepper Photography
Bebo
Megan Hinds

Make-Your-Own-Button Machine
Dream Catchers
Mexican Tissue Paper Flowers

 South America

American Princess
Artenimai
Cocomocha
D3F CO LLC
Elida Graves
L'Harmonie Creative Jewelry
Pens by Gene
Trevor Waldo

Colombian Sombreros  (Language Stars)

Hands and Faces of the Americas ( Alfonso Piloto Nieves Ruiz and David Manzanares)
Face Painting (Blair Laden and Janice Brown)

 Asia  Anokhi Green
Baizaar
Black Thai Inc
Fantastic Voyage
Foot Path Trading
Ko Xiong
Kyle Hisir
Lee Galusha
Lydia Fu // Art and Design
Mao Lor
MRM
Roulette 18
Sololá
Suzanne Miranda
Thai Dyed
Thaid Over
Mehndi (- Cierra Hall)
Float Your Boat on the Lagoon Origami (-Robert Smith)
Arabic Calligraphy (- Bahja and Mawra  Adam)
Indian Stamping
Suminagashi: Japanese Marbleized Paper (Jan Ellenstein)
 Africa  Afrika Origins
Bobbi Kahn Design Jewelry
Color Me Africa Fine Art
Discover Arts Int'l
Earth & Stars by Joshua V. Davis
Ethnic Image
Euzhan Sims
Freelance Illustrations
Golden Reign
Larinart07
Minouchic Boutique
Ona's Designs, Inc
Out of Africa
Rahmon Olugunna
Shenika Smart Bekele
Up South Studios
Village
We Are Beautiful
 Africa:

 Drum Making (Global Explorer Kids)
Dancing Wire People Mobile
Adinkra Symbols: Decorate Your Own Tote Bag

Australia:
Aboriginal Art: Pointillism Painting  (Philip Battaglia)
Design-Your-Own Boomerang

 Europe Artful Renderings

Atira Jewelry
Barbora Eco Art
Book Boxes
Eva May Design Studio
Jewelrymaker
JS Fibrecrafts
Nancy Koop
Sigma Solutions Inc
Swedish American Museum
Tanya Milojkovic

 Puppet Making (Evanston Art Center)

Family Crest Knight Shields 
F
lower Crowns (Open Studio Project)

 Fair Trade Blossom Inspirations
Fairgrass, LLC
Good Threads
Greenheart Shop
Heshima Kenya

Indigenous Artworks
Inti Fair Trade
Ten Thousand Villages in Evanston
Terra Experience
Tulia's Artisan Gallery

 International:

 Hands Around the World (Nadine Royster)
International Spice Pots (Anna Keeva)
Family Legacy- Tell Your Story (Marilyn Price)
Photo Booth

Food Producers

Producer  Specialty Food Product
 Certified Fair Trade Products Coffee from Chicago Fair Trade and Tea 
Honey and Olive Oil from Greenheart
 City Press Juice and Bottle  Organic cold pressed juice, nut milks and superfood blends
 Dulce Caramel Co.  Confections made with chocolate and dulce de leche
 K-Mama Sauce  Authentic Korean sauces
 Sheekar Delights  Baklava
 The Spice and Tea Exchange  Loose-leaf teas, infused and flavored salts and sugars,
custom-made spice blends

Sponsorships


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