WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. − The 27th annual Global Fest is returning to West Lafayette this year for a day of culturally rich experiences.
What is Global Fest’s schedule?
The 27th annual Global Fest will take place from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday in Downtown West Lafayette on Northwestern Avenue, Columbia Street and at the new Chauncey Plaza on Chauncey Avenue.
A trio of headlining acts will be performing through the night on the main stage. Tuvergen Band, a Mongolian folk-fusion group will perform at 5 p.m., Lone Piñon, a traditional Mexican string band will perform at 7 p.m.; and Gili Yalo‘s Ethiopian music will round out the performances at 9 p.m.
What activities will be available to guests?
Food, craft beer, clothing and other cultural merchandise will be part of West Lafayette’s wordly celebration.
“We’ll have music and performances on the main stage,” Kevin Noe, Wellness Center director with West Lafayette Parks and Recreation and point of contact for Global Fest, said. “There will also be ambulatory pop-up performances throughout the event. There are gonna be different activity booths…The Bonsai Club, their booth’s always popular.
“The Purdue Chinese Calligraphy Club comes out and does demonstrations. Those are always really popular. There’s just a variety of different arts and crafts from around the world that are celebrated too.”
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“As part of the Global Fest activities too, we host a naturalization ceremony,” Noe said. “So there will be 100 citizens becoming naturalized citizens in the U.S. The federal judge comes down and actually swears these people in as citizens.
“And that is, to me, one of the coolest things we do with this event.”
What cultures will be represented at Global Fest?
Global Fest celebrates the cultures that have some presence in the Greater Lafayette area; this includes an expansive list of countries and cultures.
“Probably in the ballpark of 20+ countries that are represented,” Noe said. “…We’ve got the Ukrainian Student Association, Albania, Turkey, Taiwan, Poland, India, Arabia (and more).”
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Does Global Fest cost money to attend?
There is no entry fee for Global Fest. However, merchandise, food and wares offered by individuals and organizations will be priced at the seller’s discretion.
Why do we celebrate Global Fest?
“With West Lafayette being as diverse a community as it is,” Noe said, “…it really is just a melting pot of different cultures. And this event was designed to celebrate that, to give everybody an opportunity to come out and share their culture with others.
“Through song, dance, food, it’s just a celebration of that culture (and makes) everyone aware of what’s around them. You look around everyday and don’t realize just how many cultures there are in this area.”
Margaret Christopherson is a reporter for the Journal & Courier. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @MargaretJC2.