Worldfest 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky
On August 29th, one of the largest international festivals in the region near Louisville celebrates its 12th anniversary. WorldFest 2014 is back for another great year of world food, music, dance, culture, and education coming this Labor Day weekend on Lousiville’s Belvedere downtown.
Louisville prides itself as a city that embraces and encourages their international citizens and cultures. Worldfest is a great event for taking a closer look at the city’s many faces and cultures. Louisville’s Mayor Fischer is excited to add many new features and attractions to this year’s event, with at least 90 languages spoken in the Louisville public schools and 50 percent of the population growth over 15 years coming from international residents. The city is more culturally diverse than ever before.
Featured Festivities at Worldfest 2014
The festival features a variety of musical entertainment, cuisine, and shopping. The event features more than 90 artists with performances on three stages. Guests will also be able to sample authentic food from countries around the world like Germany, Thailand, Jamaica, Ethiopia, and many more. There will also be several handmade products for purchase in several craft booths with styles from Africa, Asia, Europe, Central America, and South America.
The event is host to several highlights, including the Parade of Cultures, which is held annually on the second day of the festival. The parade features local and regional residents in their native dress, representing nearly every culture in the world. Music and performances from an array of artists enhance the cultural experience.
The festival will also have a Naturalization Ceremony, where hundreds of people will take their U.S. oath of citizenship on Friday, August 29th. The ceremony is coordinated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the Galt House Hotel.
The Global Village is another must-see, an area of the festival that showcases the culture and customs of over 22 countries in one area. The village is housed under a 30’ x 100’ tent that’s decorated to display different countries from at least six continents. Each country decorates and displays what they best feel represents and describes their country. Some of the items that will be seen throughout the arena are traditional clothing, hand made goods, information, and entertainment. There will also be a stage for international performances.
Come Join the Fun!!
Children are more than welcome at the event and can take part in their own Kid’s World of Discovery, an arena of free activities on Saturday and Sunday from noon until six p.m.
Food vendors include Adrienne & Co, Asiatique Restaurant, Assumption Greek Church, Bolling, Boss Hogg, Caribbean Style Pina Colada, Catrina’s Kitchens, and much more. Craft and goods vendors include Anatolian, Baraka Ethnic Jewelry, Bohemian Monkey, Daouda Arts, Design for Bahamas, and Gynami, among others.
Admission to WorldFest is free all four days of Labor Day weekend at the Belvedere — Friday, Aug. 29, Saturday, Aug. 30, Sunday, Aug. 31 from 11am-11 pm, and Monday, Sept. 1, 11am–7pm.