Thursday August 14, 2014
12th annual event will run Aug. 29 - Sept. 1
WorldFest, one of the region’s largest international festivals, will span the Labor Day weekend for its 12th year, with four days of international food, music, dance and culture. Worldfest takes place in downtown Louisville at the Belvedere at 5th Street and Main Street. Map this location.
Exciting international music will come from more than 90 bands and performers while more than 30 food vendors and nearly 150 booths provide a global sampling of cuisine and culture.
Headliner music acts will include Buckwheat Zydeco, Red Baraat, the Ark Band, Jazz N Pink and Azucar Tumbao. Many local and regional world music performers will offer a wide variety of music and dance styles and beats.
Admission to WorldFest is free all four days. Hours are: Friday, Aug. 29, Saturday, Aug. 30, and Sunday, Aug. 31, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 1, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
“Cities that embrace and encourage their international citizens and cultures will thrive, have a stronger quality of life and attract new growth and jobs,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “WorldFest is a great event for exploring and celebrating Louisville’s many faces and cultures and it has become a Labor Day weekend destination for locals and visitors alike.”
In addition to music, food and dancing, other highlights include:
Global Village where you can mingle and interact with representatives of nations ranging from Argentina to Vietnam who will be dressed in their native clothing, conversing in their native language and dancing to their culture, custom and music;
World of Discovery gives children a global experience without leaving home – including the “Worldfest Passport” which allows kids to visit the world’s continents through crafts, face-painting and other activities There will also be a special children’s workshop;
The WorldFest Hospitality Tent which will be open to the public throughout WorldFest and will host a reception following the Naturalization Ceremony.
WorldFest features the largest collection of international and ethnic restaurants, vendors and exhibitors at a single event in Kentucky.
Three stages of globe-trotting music and dance entertainment will have continuous performances ranging from African drumming to reggae to Indian, Celtic, Arabic, Latin, Caribbean music and more.
The festival includes a colorful Parade of Cultures at noon on Saturday and a naturalization ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. where nearly 300 immigrants will become full U.S. citizens.
People are encouraged to bring canned goods to benefit Dare to Care Food Bank. Collection bins will be at the main entrance.
WorldFest was honored in 2010 when Louisville was named the top city in North America for festivals and events by the International Festival and Events Association. In 2011, it was named a Top Ten Fall Festival by the Kentucky Travel Industry Association.
WorldFest is presented by ValuMarket. Signature Silver Sponsors: Kentucky Lottery and Passport Health Plan. Supporting Bronze Sponsors: Stella Artois, D. D. Williamson, Ford and Humana CareSource. Contributing Sponsors: BB&T, Bellarmine University, Louisville It’s Possible Here and Yum!Brands. Signature Media Sponsors: Al Dia, CBS Outdoor, Insider Louisville and WFPL.
For more information about WorldFest, visit www.worldfestlouisville.com
Office for Globalization
Created by Mayor Fischer in 2011 to help make Louisville a more international city, the Office for Globalization, led by Suhas Kulkarni, helps plan and coordinate WorldFest. It is one of a series of events and activities that help integrate recent immigrants to Louisville and expand Louisville’s reach into global markets.
IF YOU GO:
WorldFest is Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend. Aug. 29, Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the Belvedere, at Fifth and Main Streets. Admission is free with international food, spirits, beer and crafts available for purchase. Parking is available on nearby streets, and is free after 6 p.m. and all day Sunday. Several parking garages and lots are also nearby. Please bring canned food for Dare to Care.
Friday, Aug. 29, 11 a.m., Galt House Hotel, Archibald Cochran Room.
Parade of Cultures
Saturday, Aug. 30, 12 p.m.
Parade begins near Metro Hall at 6th Street, west on Jefferson to 5th Street, then goes north on 5th to WorldFest on the Belvedere, ending at the Main Stage on the West Lawn.
2014 WorldFest Entertainment
Friday, August 29, 2014
11:45 am–1:00 pm – Desperado Steel Band (Island/Calypso)
5:00 pm–5:45 pm – Swing 39 (French Cabaret/Chantuese)
6:00 pm– 6:30 pm – Acoiris Latino (Mexican)
6:30 pm–7:15 pm – Nachale Bollywood Dance (East Indian)
7:15 pm– 8:00 pm – Men of Thunda (Celtic/Scotland)
8:15 pm – 9:00 pm – Big Poppa Stampley and Voodoo Gumbo (Americana)
9:30 pm– 11:00 pm – The Ark Band (Reggae)
11:45 am- 1:00 pm – The Zydewinders (Zydeco Music)
5:00 pm–5:30 pm – Al Hamsa Belly Dance & Friends (Mid-eastern)
5:30 pm–5:50 pm – Smitha Paily Dance Group Natya Kendra (East Indian)
6:00 pm–6:45 pm – The Moxie Strings (Celtic Fusion)
6:45 pm–7:30 pm –The Rheingold Band (German)
7:45 pm–9:00 pm – Cosa Seria (Latin)
9:30 pm–11:00 pm – DakhaBrakha (Ukrainian)
7:00 pm–7:30 pm – Akundar Maker (South Sudanese Traditional Singer)
7:30 pm–8:00 pm – Maurice, Lino Loboholoka Nakwa (South Sudanese Likembe)
8:00 pm–8:30 pm – Hussan Kamara & Ginan Flomo (Liberian Dance)
8:30 pm–9:00 pm – Catherine Brown (Liberian Singer)
9:00 pm–10:00 pm–Kenya Goonz (Somali/Kenyan Hip Hop)
10:00 pm–11:00 pm–SauTi Crew (Burundi/ Congo – Hip Hop)
Saturday, August 30, 2014
12:00 pm–12:45 pm – PARADE OF CULTURES
1:00 pm–1:30 pm – Rafael Sanchez (Cuban)
1:30 pm–2:00 pm – Imani Dancers (African American)
2:00 pm– 2:30 pm – Chinese Dance with Cheryl Pan (Chinese)
2:30 pm–3:15 pm – Cloigheann (Irish Bluegrass)
3:15 pm– 4:00 pm – Louisville Argentine Tango Society (Argentine)
4:00 pm–4:45 pm – The Athenians 100 Lori Balakos (Greek)
4:45 pm–5:15 pm – Native American Dance (Native American)
6:00pm–6:20 pm – Wa Wa Snipe (DEAFESTIVAL)
6:20 pm–6:45 pm – TL Forsberg (DEAFESTIVAL)
7:00 pm–7:20 pm – Sean Forbes (DEAFESTIVAL)
7:25 pm– 8:00 pm – Beethoven’s Nightmare (DEAFESTIVAL)
8:00 pm–9:00 pm – Dick Sisto & the Latin All-Stars (Latin Jazz)
9:30 pm–11:00 pm – Jazz N Pink (Jazz)
11:00 am–11:30 am – Angleterre Morris Dancers (Old English Dance)
12:00 pm–12:45 pm – PARADE OF CULTURES
1:00 pm–1:45 pm – Louisville Pipe Band (Celtic Pipe & Drum)
1:45 pm–2:00 pm – Louisville Lion Dance (Vietnamese)
2:00 pm–2:30 pm – Plena Rhythms (Latin Dance)
2:45 pm–3:30 pm – Ruric Amari (Mid-eastern fusion)
3:30 pm–4:15 pm – Pati Kele (African Music & Dance)
4:30 pm–5:00 pm – Belize Dance Intermix (Belize dance)
5:00 pm–5:45 pm – Ut Gret (World Fusion)
5:45 pm–6:30 pm – Flamenco Louisville (Spanish Flamenco)
6:45 pm–7:45 pm – Afrophysicists (World Fusion)
8:00 pm–9:00 pm – Salsa Rhythms Band (Latin)
9:30 pm–11:00 pm – Red Baraat (North India)
7:00 pm–7:45 pm– Cuban Soule Dancers (Traditional Cuban Dance)
8:00 pm–8:45 pm– Fuego Nuevo (Mexican Folkloric Dance)
9:00 pm–9:45 pm– Zumba & Salsa Classes
10:00 pm–11:00 pm – Cosa Seria (Latin)
Sunday, August 31, 2014
12:30 pm–1:15pm – Misha Fegin (Russian/Gypsy)
1:30 pm–2:00 pm – Flamenco Talk (Spanish Flamenco)
2:15 pm–3:00 pm – Derby Boys Irish Band (Irish/ Celtic)
3:15 pm–4:00 pm – McClanahan School of Irish Dance (Irish)
4:15 pm–5:15pm – Guilderoy Byrne (Celtic)
5:30 pm–6:15 pm – Legna & Yoisel (Cuban)
6:30 pm–7:30 pm – Alma Gitana (World Music)
7:45 pm–9:00 pm – Appalatin (Appalachian Latin fusion)
9:30 pm– 11:00 pm– Azucar Tumbao (Latin)
1:00 pm–1:45 pm – LPAS (Multicultural Students)
1:45 pm–2:30 pm – Guru Vandana Academy (East India)
2:45 pm–3:30 pm – The West African Art of Dance (West African Dance)
3:45 pm–4:30 pm – Halau Hula (Hawaiian Hula &Tahitian Dance)
4:45 pm–5:30 pm – Squeeze Bot (American Underground)
5:45 pm–6:45 pm – Frenchaxe (French Chanteuse)
7:00 pm–7:45 pm – Latin Fusion (Latin)
8:15 pm–9:15 pm – Liberation Prophecy (World Progressive)
9:30 pm–11:00 pm –Buckwheat Zydeco (Creole Zydeco)
7:00 pm–7:45 pm– Professor Muhamad Skopljax Bosnian students (Bosnian)
8:00 pm–8:45 pm – Al Hamsa Belly Dance & Friends (Mid-eastern)
9:00 pm–9:45 pm – Lachlan (Celtic)
10:00 pm–11:00 pm – Common Thread (Nuveau/Hip Hop)
Monday, September 1, 2014
1:00 pm–1:45 pm – Gypsies of the Nile (Mid-eastern)
1:45 pm–2:30 pm – Terrance Rotan Dance (African American)
2:30pm–3:00 pm – Long Phang Nyugen (Vietnamese)
3:15 pm– 4:15 pm – Positive Mental Attitude (Reggae)
4:30 pm–6:00 pm – Yaya Diallo & FOLI DOUMA (African)
1:00 pm–1:30 pm– Sandy Haddon (Folk)
1:30 pm– 2:15 pm– Newcomer Academy Global Excursion (Multicultural)
2:30 pm–3:00 pm – Newcomer Academy Global Excursion (Multicultural)
3:15 pm–4:00 pm – Tee Dee Young
4:30 pm–6:00pm – Tizer featuring Karen Briggs (Jazz)
12:00 pm–12:45 pm – South Sudanese Equatorians of KY (Sudan)
1:00 pm–1:45 pm–Teatro Tercera Llamada (Latin Theatre)
2:00 pm–2:45 pm– Asley Toro (Venezuelan Singer)
3:00 pm–3:45 pm– Michael Jacobs Sacred Nation (Cherokee Native)
4:00 pm–4:45 pm– Sipan (Kurdish, Arabic & Mid-eastern)
5:00 pm–6:00 pm– River City Drum Corp (African American Drummers)