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Metro Parks Newsroom

WorldFest Coming Labor Day Weekend

Friday August 20, 2010

Click here to view photos from last year's WorldFest!
With more than 80 languages spoken in Jefferson County Public Schools and almost half of the city’s population growth over the last 15 years coming from international residents, Louisville is more culturally diverse than ever before.

WorldFest, held on the Belvedere at 5th and Main Streets, is Louisville’s annual celebration of these unique cultures that highlight the community. This year’s festival, the city’s 8th, will be from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Friday, September 3 and Saturday, September 4.

The two-day festival includes Saturday’s Parade Of Cultures, a naturalization ceremony that will welcome approximately 400 immigrants as full U.S. citizens and the largest collection of local ethnic restaurants, vendors and exhibitors at any one event in the state of Kentucky. The popular World of Children area offers plenty of entertainment for children and families including free international crafts and games. Fiesta Latina features music from Latin America. More than 100 booths provide a unique introduction to the dozens of international cultures represented in Louisville.

This year, the Kentucky Tourism Council (KTC) chose WorldFest as one of the Top 10 Summer Festivals and Events for 2010 and the latest issue of Southern Living named the event one of the Top Ten Events to attend in the South.

“Louisville is known worldwide as a city that respects and celebrates its diversity, and WorldFest is our annual way of showcasing all the different people and cultures that help make this a world-class city,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said. “It’s a one-of-a-kind event we’re thrilled to host each year.”

WorldFest has generous support from local organizations. The top sponsor is ValuMarket with support from Al Dia En America,, The Courier-Journal, WFPK Radio, Insight, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Louisville Metro TV, Budweiser, the Kentucky Lottery, Boost Mobile, LEO and La Caliente Radio.

For more information about WorldFest, visit


Worldfest is Friday and Saturday of Labor Day weekend, September 3 and 4, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the Belvedere, located at Fifth and Main Streets. Admission is free with international food, spirits, beer and crafts available for purchase. WorldFest features continuous live music, including headliner acts Friday and Saturday nights. Parking is available on nearby streets.

Naturalization Ceremony
Friday, Sept. 3rd, 1 p.m., at Kentucky Center for the Arts, Whitney Hall.

Parade of Cultures
Saturday, Sept 4th, 12 p.m.
Parade Route: turn right on 6th Street (south), turn left on Jefferson Street (east). Walk 1 block on Jefferson Street. At the corner of 5th Street, turn to the left toward the river (north). Walk 3 blocks on 5th Street and across Main Street and up the Belvedere ramp. The Parade passes through WorldFest, ending at Main Stage.

Entertainment Schedule

Friday, Sept. 3, 2010

10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Recorded International Music

11 a.m. WorldFest Opening Ceremony
Mayor Jerry E. Abramson

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hugh Peterson Steel Band, Island

1 – 5 p.m. Recorded International Music

5 - 5:45 p.m. Swing 39, French Cabaret

5:45 p.m - 6:15 p.m. Arcoiris Latino,

6:15 p.m. – 7 p.m. Cincinnati Klezmer Project, Jewish

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. The Ark Band, Reggae

MAIN STAGE (West Lawn)

10:30 – 5 p.m. Recorded International Music

5 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. The Rheingold Band, German

6:15 p.m. - 7 p.m. Cosa Seria, Latino

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The Dr. Michael White Quartet, New Orleans

9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Dublin City Ramblers, Irish music

Al Dia's FIESTA LATINA STAGE (Belvedere Overlook)

4:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m. Zumba

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Ebel

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Diego

9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. TBA

Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010


11 a.m. - Noon Recorded International Music

12 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Parade of Cultures

1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Organization of Chinese Americans, Chinese

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. India Community Foundation, India

2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Imani Dance Company, African-American Dance & Music

3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m. Kyenne Drummers with Hamidou Koivogui, African Music

5 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Flamenco Talk, Flamenco Hispanic Dance

6 p.m. – 7 p.m. River City Drum Corp, African-American Drumming

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. AMBAKAILA, Carribean

MAIN STAGE (West Lawn)

11-11:45 a.m., Recorded International Music

12 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Parade of Cultures

1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Louisville Pipe Band, Drum ensemble

2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Camino Flamenco, Hispanic

2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Louisville Argentine Tango Society, Argentine, Cuba

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Wabinaha Belizean Dancers, Belize

4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Ruric Amari & Samavor Dance Theater, Mideast

5 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Ut Gret featuring Ruric Amari,

6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Salsa Rhythms, Latino

7:15 p.m. – 8 p.m. Coco Yam, Afro-beat

8:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Flamenco Louisville, Flamenco Dance

Al Dia's FIESTA LATINA STAGE (Belvedere Overlook)

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. TBA

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Zumba Marisol/Children

5:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m. Bailarines Eddie

7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Zumba Marisol/Adults

9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. TBA

Chef Nancy Russman and ValuMarket presents cooking tips on international cuisine.

Friday, 4-9 p.m. and Saturday, 1-8 p.m.


Stage Sponsors

Al Dia en America
Jameson Irish Whiskey
Louisville Metro TV

Arts Diplomats
Kentucky Lottery
La Caliente Radio

Supporting Ministers
Boost Mobile

Southern Wine and Spirits
Westport Whiskey and Wine

Ami, Amico, Amigos
Bellarmine University
Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Special Thanks To
Java Brewing Company
Kentucky Center For The Arts
Louisville Water Company
Louisville Third Century
United States Citizenship and Immigration
Services - Louisville
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