Cleveland's One World Festival celebrates cultural diversity

Strolling through the Lakeside Cemetery in Bay Village, one sees headstones memorializing the early settlers of Bay Village. Surnames of Western European origin such as Wolf, Osborn, Foote and Wischmeyer remain familiar to local residents as names on street signs and other geographic features of the community. Since World War II, however, Bay Village has developed a diverse population with ethnic roots from all over the world.  

On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14, from 1 p.m. to dusk, the multicultural heritage of Bay Village and all of Greater Cleveland will be celebrated in the One World Festival in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. This free event, which takes place along the gorgeous curving contours of Rockefeller Park between Superior and St. Clair Avenues, presents artists, music and lots of surprises with a flotilla of food trucks and vendors offering delicious ethnic food and drinks.

Some of the many performers include the Cleveland Orchestra Children's Chorus, the St. Ignatius Circus Company, Hasu Patel classical sitar, and the Murphy Irish Dancers. International sports featured include table tennis, futsal, and 3-on-3 basketball tournaments. 

Sustainability is a key theme of the festival which through composting, recycling and simplifying will strive to be a zero-waste, carbon-neutral event. 

Free parking at the new VA Medical Center garage with complimentary shuttle service to the festival will be available. See clevelandoneworldfestival.com for more details. Be sure to mark your calendars for this unique event which brings an unprecedented array of free entertainment to a spectacular sylvan urban setting.     

Steve Kish

I am Vice-President of the Western Reserve Architectural Historians and a member of the advisory board for the One World Festival, the annual celebration of cultural diversity held in the Cultural Gardens of Cleveland.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:52 AM, 09.03.2014