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Festival Program

Festival Program

Celebrate. Explore. Culture.

18th annual
World Beat Festival Title

Riverfront Park | Salem, Oregon
June 27-28, 2015

Celebrate and explore culture at Oregon’s largest multicultural event all year. 25,000 visitors, 125 performances, 70 cultures, 2 days, 1 world

Discover The Drum: Rhythm of the World connecting cultures with Maraval Road Steel Drummers, Am Hough Samba and Maracutopdx (Brazil) Okropong and Ekome (Ghana), Ebenezer Adewusi’s talking drums (Nigeria), Shabava Persian Drums, Portland & Monmouth Taiko groups (Japan), the main stage drum jams and steel drum jams with drummers from every continent.

Taste the culture of Filipino lumpia, French crepes, Nepali momos (potstickers), Dutch poffertjes (sweet cakes), Somali chicken in beri-beri sauce, lamb gyros with tzadziki and feta, Nigerian akara (fried bean cake), Vietnamese fried coconut rice and German sausage.

Buy your Taste the World experience. Purchase four $5 tickets which allow you to enjoy 4 different cultural tasters at four different food vendors on site.

Join in the steel drum workshop, help make the Swedish mahstang (maypole), dance the Japanese Bon odori, try classical fencing, get yourself a Nigerian head wrap, help make Micronesian outrigger pandanus leaf sails.

Bring the kids and march in the Children’s parade 10am Saturday morning, explore the free cultural activity tents in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa and The Americas Villages, collect a Passport and gather stamps from around the world, discover the youth performances of Mexican folklorico, Korean Martial Arts, Ok2Botay steel drums and West Salem High School drum line, youth cultural heritage hip hop, and the Native American Powwow.

Dance celebrating, preserving and passing on cultural heritage with Ballet Folklorico Tlanese (Mexico) , Baratha Natyam (India), Spirit of Micronesia, Rainbow Dance Theater (Africa), Ceili of the Valley (Irish) O-bon odori (Japan), Canoe Family Dancers (Native American), the Black Hat dance (Bhutan), Okaidja (West Africa), Maypole dancing (England), and Bloco Algeria Samba.

Experience music exploring Iraqi and Kurdish heritage, Pan-Asian fusion, west African rhythms, Native American rock, Mexican bolero, Scottish bagpipes, Taiko Jazz fusion, Rwandan pop, Vietnamese folk, and mariachi.

Meet locals from Ireland, Vietnam, The Marshall Islands, Rwanda, Cambodia, Scotland, Ecuador, Somalia, Georgia, Japan, Aztec, Samoa, the Middle East, Tanzania, the Philippines, Nigeria, England, Guam, Syria, and many more.

Celebrate your heritage by showing us where you are from on our huge Heritage Wall.

Be there, June 27-28 in Salem.

No admission fee, we ask for a $5 individual and $15 family donation at the entry gate.

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