Every year, on the last Saturday in September, Circus Square Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky bursts to life with a celebration of cultural diversity for the entire family. The International Festival gives people a chance to experience and celebrate many different cultures and to honor the heritage and diversity among the international community in Bowling Green.
Festivities include authentic foods, music, dancing, contests, demonstrations, cultural displays, children’s activities, an international bazaar, and much more. Admission is only $4 for adults and free for children under 12, and the festival is perfect for the whole family.
ESLi students are guaranteed to enjoy the festivities! Not only will you be able to connect with people from your own culture, but you’ll also get the chance to learn about the cultures of your fellow students as well. If you still aren’t convinced, here are the four top reasons ESLi students should definitely attend the International Festival in Bowling Green.
While you’re strolling through the park, you can enjoy music, performances, and demonstrations from countries all around the world. A few of the musical performers scheduled are:
Adil Kadhim (Iraqi music)
Afrophysicists (African Funk and R&B)
Appalatin (cross-pollination of Appalachian Folk and Latin American music)
Armin Hasanagic and Emsud Delkic (Bosnian Pop)
Coqui Llontop (Latino one-man-band)
Def Leprechaun (Celtic fusion)
The Great Barrier Reefs (mixture of Caribbean instruments and Jazz sounds)
Nina Doan (Vietnamese music)
Pati Kele (West African music)
Roads to Home (Irish Traditional music and Scottish music)
Roux du Bayou Cajun Band (traditional Cajun and Zydeco music)
Srihari & Group (Indian semi-classical singing)
You can also watch as people take the stage to perform traditional dances from their homeland. Some of the performers you can enjoy are:
Belize Dance Intermix (Bilizean/Caribbean mix with a hint of African rhythms)
Best African Dance Club (traditional and modern dance from African cultures with an American twist)
Burmese Community of BG (Burmese, Karen, Karenni, and Zomi cultural dance and song)
Chinese dances with Cheryl Pan (authentic Chinese dance)
Dance Arts Performance Troupe (performing Salsa and Hip Hop routines to Spanish music)
Guru Vandana Arts Academy (classical Indian music and dance performance)
Indian Folk Dance
Islander Hula Girls (dancing to music from Pohnpei Micronesia)
Las Adelitas (Guadalajaran Folk Dance)
Las Flamencas (performing Flamenco dance)
Midori Kai (traditional Japanese dance)
Rachana Pasupuleti (ancient, classical Indian dance Bharatnatyam)
WKU Dance Company (inspired by a performance by The Russian State Chuhchi-Eskimo Song and Dance Ensemble)
Zingara Belly Dance (tribal fusion belly dance)
Bountiful Booths: with Fantastic Foods, Amazing Activities, and Marvelous Merchandise
You’ll never run out of booths to explore! First, you can stop and enjoy a variety of authentic foreign cuisine at the many food booths run by professional vendors, ethnic restaurants, area organizations, and local families. While you savor flavors from around the world, stroll through the International Bazaar and browse the foreign culture themed merchandise, including arts and crafts and clothing items. If you feel like getting involved, you can check out one of the many activity booths and participate in various cultural themed activities. Children can even participate in a piñata burst, create make-and-keep children’s crafts, and adults who are over 21 can stop by and relax at the Beer Garden.
Exceptional English Speaking Opportunities
The best part? Whether you’re enjoying a breath-taking performance, indulging in mouth-watering international cuisine, or creating something fun, there will be tons of time to practice your English speaking. The many vendors, fellow festival goers, and new friends you meet will give you many opportunities to participate in conversation, and what better place to improve your English than at a exciting festival?
When: Where: How much:
Saturday Circus Square Park $4 for adults
Sept. 24, 2016 601 State Street Under 12 free
9:00 a.m.-7 p.m. Bowling Green, KY