Elliston Park opens at 6:00 pm, so come early and take in the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes that the OneWorld Festival has to offer. Pavilions from some of Calgary’s cultural communities will be showcasing their heritage dress, cultural music, incredible performances, and interactive activities for all. Take a stroll through the Night Market, featuring vendors with authentic handcrafted arts and keepsakes.
The OneWorld Festival will play host to various activities on-site (subject to change):
For the past five years GlobalFest, in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, has held a citizenship ceremony onsite at Elliston Park on the first evening of the Trico Homes International Fireworks and OneWorld festivals.
The citizenship ceremony is the final step in becoming a Canadian citizen. During the ceremony, participants take the oath of citizenship and receive their citizenship certificate. They are then welcomed into the Canadian family and they accept the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship.
The citizenship ceremony has become an important element of our programming, and we look forward to welcoming another 100 individuals and families as new Canadians in 2013. This year the ceremony will take place on Friday, August 16 in the OneWorld Village, the epicenter of multicultural activity and celebration at GlobalFest.
The pre-reception is generously hosted by Immigrant Services Calgary.
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- Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park
Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Pavilion
Coordinators: Shannon Many Bears & Jacqueline Poor Eagle
OKI, Welcome to Blackfoot Country! We welcome you into our traditional territory and into our tipi. Look around our pavilion and experience the Siksika Way of Life. Ask us about how we lived in the past and how we live today. Ask us about our tipi designs, our food, our powwows, our humour….ask us what you have always wanted to know and we will do our best to immerse you into Blackfoot Culture! We will also be doing hands on activities for all ages. This will include making some simple crafts that you can take home with you!
Pavilion Coordinator: Elisa Teixeira
Visit our pavilion and immerse yourself into the rich Brazilian culture, arts and crafts, as well as artifacts from different regions of Brasil. You will have an opportunity to talk with native Brazilians and our Canadians friends; learn about everything you’d want to know about Brasil. You can also try out many of the typical samba costume head pieces for a small fee and pose for a memorable picture!
Our cultural programming includes performances with JOSÉ NETO's 5 piece band, and performances of Brazilian dances such as SAMBA and FREVO, as well as a Capoeira Show.
Learn more about our annual calendar of activities, including many cultural events such as Carnaval, Festa Junina, BrazilFest and Reveillon. Visit us at www.BrazilianAssociation.org.
- Calgary Chinese Merchants Association (CCMA)
Calgary Chinese Merchants Association (CCMA)
Pavilion Coordinator: Jenny Yu
Complimenting an explosive evening of world-class fireworks, explore the uniqueness of Chinese culture at the CCMA OneWorld Cultural Pavilion. With a variety of cultural activities, you’ll be in for an enriching experience!
The Calgary Chinatown Street Festival, of which GlobalFest is a long-standing partner, is proudly hosted by CCMA - a non-profit association that promotes, protects, and improves the business and development of the Chinese Community.
Pavilion Coordinator: Cyprian F. Ngolah
Welcome to “Africa in Miniature”. Cameroon, a central African country is fondly referred to as “Africa in Miniature” due to its rich geological and cultural diversity, which essentially represents everything you will find in the African continent. Cameroon is home to over 250 different linguistic groups and is well known in Africa for its native styles of music, particularly makossa, bikutsi, assikiko, bensiken, afoakom, etc.
The Cameroonian Association of Calgary (CAC/ACC) is pleased to invite you to visit its pavilion, which will showcase various aspects of its culture including art-work from Cameroon, a map showing all the 10 regions and their diverse cultures, traditional dances, various traditional dresses from all the regions of the country and video and slide presentations about Cameroon.
Come and discover the cultural diversity of Cameroon!
Pavilion Coordinator: Sherry Rudder
Together we aspire to achieve - welcome to the Caribbean Pavilion!
This year, the Caribbean Pavilion will showcase the arts & crafts of the Caribbean Islands! Local craft specialist Jenifer Leehim will have a variety of beautiful Costume Dolls, beaded necklaces, seashell ornaments & many other Caribbean themed souvenirs. The mesmerizing sounds of the Trinidad & Tobago Organettes Steelband can be heard on select days of the festival. Special thanks to Appleton Jamaican Rums and Leroy’s Catering Service! Phone 403–275–1905
- Chilean Canadian Community Association of Calgary
Chilean Canadian Community Association of Calgary
Pavilion Coordinator: Jaime Mardones
Welcome to the Chilean Canadian Community Association of Calgary Pavilion!
Come see artisan work, images and stage performances by our folklore dance and music groups. Be immersed in our strong dominant national culture along with the regional traditions of the Amará Indians in the north near Bolivia, the Mapuche Indians and the Chilote culture of the south, and the Polynesian culture of our remote Eastern Island can all be seen in our pavilion.
Experience the mystical sounds of our Andean music group Keltewe & get a glimpse of some of our traditional dances performed by our children’s folklore group Raices de Chile.
The cultural diversity of Chile awaits you!
- Dances of the Middle East
Dances of the Middle East
Pavilion Coordinator: Dafne Canales Lees
Dances of the Middle East Pavilion is proud to promote the rich heritage and artistic dance traditions originating in regions of the Middle East and North Africa. Visit the pavilion tent for a brief photo tour of dance history from thousands of years ago to present interpretations. Feast your eyes on the vivid costumes and dynamic performances from top dance studios presenting such dance styles as Folkloric, Egyptian Pop, Classical Bellydance and Modern Fusion.
- The Chapiteau Franco-Albertain Pavilion / Le Chapiteau Franco-Albertain Pavilion
The Chapiteau Franco-Albertain Pavilion
Pavilion Coordinator: Marie-Thérèse Nickel
With such a rich heritage present in our city for more than 200 years, Calgary is proud to have such a dynamic, multicultural and vibrant Francophone community. Many of the first settlers to Calgary were of French-Canadian origin and these origins remain visible today. Currently, Calgary’s French-speaking population consists of people from all over the world.
Le Chapiteau Franco-Albertain Pavilion
Pavilion Coordinator: Marie-Thérèse Nickel
Un patrimoine francophone de plus de 200 ans Calgary est fière de sa communauté francophone dynamique, multiculturelle et vibrante. Plusieurs des premiers pionniers à Calgary étaient d’origine canadienne-française et ces origines sont toujours visibles aujourd’hui. De nos jours, la francophonie de Calgary trouve ses racines partout à travers le monde.
- Guyana Canada Cultural Association (Calgary)
Guyana Canada Cultural Association (Calgary)
Pavilion Coordinator: Suzanne Brasao
The Guyana Canada Cultural Association of Calgary welcomes you!
Nestled between Venezuela, Suriname and Brasil, at the point where the Caribbean meets South America, lies an almost unknown but incredibly wonderful land of unspoiled beauty. Where the virgin rainforest leads to the Amazon Basin, and where most of the jungle is still unexplored, rivers uncharted and mountains yet to be climbed – this is GUYANA.
Guyana is a paradise for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and the Eco-tourist alike. It boasts abundant wildlife, numerous species of flora, a variety of fauna and spectacular birdlife. Guyana is famous for 1,168 vertebrate species and 870 bird species.
Guyana has a rich history, so expect a mixture of cultures - Amerindians (Native Indians), East Indians, Dutch, African, Chinese, Portuguese and Europeans. Guyana is South America’s only English speaking country; it is a republic and member of the British Commonwealth.
Guyana is yours to discover – come in and explore, experience and enjoy!
- India Canada Association of Calgary
India Canada Association of Calgary
Pavilion Coordinators: Priyanka Panchal
India Canada Association of Calgary is very pleased to be participating again at GlobalFest.
Our display booth will be an eye catcher - with displays of excellent Indian handicrafts, artifacts and jewellery. There will also be henna painting available, and periodic demonstrations of the ethnic “Saree” draping will be conducted.
INCA will also showcase dances from India including folk and classical dances performed by our very talented artists, coming from a variety of age groups. These dances will reflect India’s diverse cultures from a number of different states.
And don’t forget to get some mouth-watering Indian food in the OneWorld Cafe!
- Iran - Persian Gulf Club
Pavilion Coordinator: Saeid Saidi
Persian Gulf Club is honoured to host once again the Iranian Pavilion at GlobalFest. Persian Gulf Club strives to reflect the interests of Iranian youth in Canada through different exhibitions, plays, sessions, publications, talks and workshops. The pavilion will be decorated with traditional colors, crafts, clothing and art pieces. All of this will be complimented with a live performance of traditional music. We will also have popular Persian calligraphy writing happening in the pavilion.
- Philippines - Pearl of the Orient
Philippines - Pearl of the Orient
Pavilion Coordinator: Irene Macaraeg
MABUHAY! It means “Welcome!” in the Philippines. And here, you truly are. The Philippines, officially known as the Republic of the Philippines, is a sovereign state located in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. With a population of more than 97 million people, it is one of the top 10 most populated Asian countries.
Philippine culture is a combination of Eastern and Western cultures. The Philippines exhibits aspects found in other Asian countries with a Malay heritage, yet its culture also displays a significant amount of Spanish and American influences. Traditional festivities known as barrio fiestas (district festivals) to commemorate the feast days of patron saints are common. Most festivals in the Philippines are religious in origin, but nowadays the religious component is usually secondary to the general spirit of celebration.
Filipino hospitality is legendary and at no time is it more in evidence than at festival time. Come and enjoy the different festivals in the Philippine Pavilion the Filipino way!
Pavilion Coordinators: Rayna Moffatt
“Ceud Mìle Fàilte”
One Hundred Thousand Welcomes to The Scottish Pavilion!
Here you will discover that ‘guid gear gangs in sma’ buik’- ‘good things come in small packages’! Despite its small size, Scotland has three languages, a fascinating history that spans millennia, awe-inspiring scenery and lots of usquebae (whisky)! It is the birthplace of golf and of many men and women who have made the world a better place to live: Scots invented or discovered the pedal bicycle, penicillin, radio and television, radar and ultrasound scanners --- the list goes on!
Come and learn more about this enchanting land of the heather and the glen while you experience the unmistakable sights and sounds of Scotland --- delight as Highland Dancers swing their kilts while dancing flings and reels to the melodies of the Bagpipes.
At the Scottish pavilion you can discover your own connection to Scotland. If you have Scottish ancestries come and investigate your clan tartan. If you hail from another part of Canada come and see how the Alberta tartan compares to other provincial tartans. And if you live in Calgary remember that, even if your own cultural heritage doesn’t have Celtic roots, just by living in Calgary you have a connection to Scotland --- come and find out why!!
Pavilion Coordinator: José Clemente
Welcome to the land of flamenco, bullfighting and Sherry wine. Spain's location at the westernmost point of the Mediterranean and its closeness to North Africa has made its culture, music and history unique to Western Europe. España en Calgary (Spanish Cultural Association) invites you to join their Feria Festivities where colourful flamenco dresses will be swirling to the sounds of Spanish guitar and song. Experience the sights and sounds of Spain's diverse culture, decorate your own fan, get your photo taken as a dancer or guitarist, or learn a few steps of Sevillanas, the beautiful folkloric dance of Southern Spain! Olé!
Pavilion Coordinator: Juree Trentham
"Sa-wa-dee!" Welcome To Thailand!
The land of smiles, Thailand is a diverse country with an abundance of beautiful beaches, Buddhist temples, and the ever delicious Thai cuisine. Our Pavilion this year will showcase Thai culture and tourism in Thailand. We will have beautiful carvings, traditional dress, and Thai silk on display. There will be clothing from Thailand, and an authentic Thai masseuse on hand as well. Come and visit us in our pavilion and remember your new Thai word, "Sa-wa-dee".
On the stages we will have Thai traditional dances from the Alberta Thai Canadian Association (Calgary) dance group. Come watch our dancers perform in their beautiful and colorful costumes.
- Tryzub Ukrainian
Pavilion Coordinator: John Stadnyk
“Vitiayemo!” Welcome! The Tradition of Tryzub is the Tradition of Excellence. Join us in the Tryzub Ukrainian Pavilion where we will be hosting a children’s craft centre with a “Ukrainian twist”. Join us for something unique each day of the festival. Watch for your opportunity to meet and photograph the world famous Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble as they dazzle audiences on the Globalfest stages.
- Venezuela - A Hidden Treasure
Pavilion Coordinator: Ernesto Cudino
“A Hidden Paradise”, Venezuela is located at the North of South America, in the tropics over the Equator. Venezuela has around 2,800 km (1,700 mi) of coastline, which includes numerous islands in the Caribbean Sea, and on the northeast it borders the Atlantic Ocean. The country is famous for wonderful beaches, food, and dance.
Venezuela is characterized by having delicious foods within each region; the most popular dish being the “Arepa” - a cornmeal cake that can be grilled, baked, or fried. The music of Venezuela is an expression of its culture. The “Joropo” is a musical style that represents the “Creole Music in Venezuela” accompanied by dance. It is a rural form, which originated in the “Llanos Venezolanos”, or Venezuela’s plains. Other Venezuelan rhythms include the “Meringue”, “Danza”, “Gaita Zuliana”, and “Tambores”. In our pavilion you will have the opportunity to discover more about this beautiful country; taste the “Arepa” at the ethnic food booth; and enjoy our dance group “Pasos de Venezuela” on the OneWorld Stages.
- Viva Mexico
Pavilion Coordinator: Cynthya Bringas
Hola amigos! Once again, Viva Mexico Dance Society returns to GlobalFest to share with you some of the aspects of Mexican Culture. We welcome everybody to enjoy our display of unique textiles and handcrafts in a Mexican ambiance. Discover great places to visit and retire. Viva Mexico Dance Society is a group that has chosen folk dances as a meaningful way of portraying a sample of the culture and daily life that encompass the wonderful traditions of Mexico. On stage the Viva Mexico dance group will perform folkloric dances from various regions of Mexico. Come to practice your Spanish with us.
Ethnic Food Booths:
OneWorld Cafe Ethnic Food Booths
- Blackfoot Crossing
- EthniCity Catering
- Fiji and the Pacific Islands
- Ihaw - Ihaw (Philippines)
- Indonesian Kitchen
- Taste of Quebec
- Tryzub Ukrainian
Cafe North Ethnic Food Booths & Trucks
- Aglio e Olio
- Blackfoot Crossing
- Jane Bond Mongolian Grill
- Pimento’s Pizza
- Shogun Teppanyaki Grill
- Yummy Bites (Brasil)