Sunbelt Rentals OneWorld Festival 2018-05-24T15:48:45+00:00


Elliston Park opens at 6:00 pm, so come early and take in the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes that the Sunbelt Rentals 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 Sunbelt Rentals OneWorld Festival will play host to various activities on-site (subject to change):

Citizenship Ceremony
Performance Stages
Cultural Pavilions
Night Market
Passport Pursuit


You Will Love The Food

Local restaurants & groups pull out all the stops to bring you the most delicious international fare you’ll ever try!


Come Celebrate a World of Difference! The Sunbelt Rentals OneWorld Festival brings together over 60 cultures.

Night Market

Check out vendors with authentic handcrafted keepsakes, fashionable accessories and clothing, or the perfect present for your pet!

Live Music

Dance the summer night away as you revel in the international sounds of local groups from around the world!

Citizenship Ceremony

For the past ten years GlobalFest, in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, has held a citizenship ceremony onsite at Elliston Park during the Sunbelt Rentals OneWorld Festival and the Trico Homes International Fireworks Festival. The citizenship ceremony has become an important element of our programming, and this year we are celebrating by welcoming individuals as new Canadians in 2018. This year the ceremony will take place on Tuesday, August 21st on the BOARDWALK Stage at approximately 6:30 PM, the epicenter of multicultural activity and celebration at GlobalFest.

Performance Stages

GlobalFest Stage

Cultural Pavilions

Pavilion Coordinator – To be announced

Description coming soon.


Pavilion Manager – Sabina Isgandarova

Alberta Azerbaijani Cultural Society welcomes everyone to experience a cultural journey to Azerbaijan!

Located between the Caucasian mountains and Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan has been a connecting point between the East and West since the times of the Silk Road. Azerbaijan has well preserved ancient traditions of Caucasus. Among these traditions are hospitality, preparation of delicious meals, handmade accessories and beautiful dances. Visit our pavilion to discover our cultural display, view handmade crafts and learn more about Azerbaijan. You will also have an opportunity to enjoy Azerbaijani dances and to sample delicious food from Azerbaijan and nearby regions.

Do you still remember why Azerbaijan is sometimes called “The Land of Fire”? This will be our second year with GlobalFest, and we invite everyone to stop by and learn more about our country and culture.

Pavilion Coordinator: Nasreen Akther

Ambassador: Ryeen Khondokar

Bangladesh, meaning “Bengal Nation,” is a low-lying country formed by the alluvial plain of the Ganges-Brahmaputra river system, the largest delta in the world. Bangladesh, on the northern coast of the Bay of Bengal, is surrounded by India, with a small common border with Myanmar in the southeast.  Bangladesh has a rich and diverse cultural history. Its deeply rooted heritage is thoroughly reflected in its architecture, dance, literature, music, painting and clothing. Visit our Pavilion and immerse yourself in the rich Bangladeshi culture featuring arts, crafts and artifacts, as well as information about the different regions of Bangladesh.

Pavilion Coordinator – To be announced

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Pavilion Coordinator – To be announced

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Pavilion Coordinator – TBC

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 and many other Caribbean themed souvenirs. The mesmerizing sounds of the Trinidad & Tobago Organettes Steelband can be heard on selected days of the Festival.

Pavilion Coordinator – To be announced

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Pavilion Coordinator – To be announced

Description coming soon.

Pavilion Coordinator: Farzad Bashtani
Ambassador: Parnian Nazemzadeh

The Iranian Pavilion is organized by the Persian Gulf Club which is a not for profit Student Union sanctioned club at the University of Calgary. The Iranian pavilion is a platform to introduce GlobalFest attendees to both the traditional and contemporary aspects of Iran. The booth will be decorated with traditional elements as well as photographs depicting modern Iran. The Iranian pavilion will exhibit authentic handcrafted goods and information about the culture, history, geographical and touristic attractions of the country through video, picture and book displays.

Visitors will have a chance to have their names written in Persian calligraphy and to participate in trivia games. Visit our pavilion to discover more.

Whether you are gearing up for a visit to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics or just want to get to know Japan a little more, stop by our Japan pavilion for information and cultural displays, and to be captivated by a photo exhibition from the Japan Photo Contest.

You can also get in the festival mood by participating in a try-on of Yukata – a traditional Japanese summer garment that is a variant of the kimono. Come learn about this stylish garment, used even in modern Japan, and take the opportunity to be dressed in one by professional. Don’t forget your camera!

Post your pic using #GlobalfestYukata

Pavilion Coordinators – Fouzia Ali & Zia-Ul-Haq

Assalamu Alaikum (Kush Amdead) means welcome to the Pakistan Pavilion.

Stretching from the mighty Himalayas in the north to the vast Arabian Sea, Pakistan truly is a gateway between continents, cultures, civilizations and history. The Pakistan Canadian Association of Calgary has worked hard to preserve and promote this culture within Canada. Pakistani immigrants have been making Alberta their home for over 50 years. Visiting the Pakistan Pavilion reveals a rich tapestry of languages, customs and traditions. Come and see some of the world’s most beautiful cultural artifacts including clothing, jewelry, handicrafts, embroidered shawls and henna tattoos. We promise that a visit to the Pakistan Pavilion will feel as though the silk and spice trading routes of the ancient past have found their way to Calgary!

Pavilion Coordinator – Irene Macaraeg


The Republic of the Philippines, located on the southeastern rim of Asia, is also known as the “Pearl of the Orient.” Historians believe this moniker was popularized by the national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal, who used the phrase in his poem, “Mi Ultimo Adios.” Some say it is because of its rich natural resources; some say it’s because of being a major producer of the Golden South Sea Pearls.

We are excited to showcase our pavilion which will emulate our diverse culture and rich traditions. Don’t miss the cultural performances which will be performed by the University of Calgary Filipino Students’ Association and Kasayahan Performing Arts at the different stages at GlobalFest. Authentic Filipino cuisine will be served by the chefs of the Philippine Food Booth.

We can’t wait to see you then!

Pavilion Coordinator – To be announced

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Pavilion Coordinator – To be announced

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Pavilion Coordinator: Dave Langerholz

Dober dan! “Good Day!”

Welcome to Slovenia.  You can’t spell Slovenia without love.  We at the Slovensko Kanadsko Društvo – Calgary, (Slovenian Canadian Club of Calgary), are excited to participate in our first Globalfest.  We would like to take you on a journey to this South Central European country of just over 2 million people.  From the majestic Alps to the warm Adriatic Sea, forest, caves and plains, Slovenia and their people have much to offer.  Come join Slovenian – Canadians and explore all your senses with us!

Pavilion Coordinators – Ramon Lorente & Reyes Bertolin

Spain has been known for its myriad of art, flamenco guitar and dance, impressive architecture, gastronomic delights and beautiful landscapes, including beaches and the countryside of Andalusia.  For thousands of years, Spain has been considered one of the cultural centers of Europe.
Espana en Calgary (Spanish Cultural Association) invites you to explore and journey through the diverse country of Spain.  Enjoy our market of Spanish items or take a quick flamenco lesson from one of our local dancers. Ole!

Performer Coordinator: Francesca Canalizo

Sabores de flamenco  (Sa-boar-Es)

Flamenco is a passionate art form that originates from the south of Spain.  There are 3 main elements, guitar, song and dance that create the energy of Flamenco.  The audience is also key in performance as well.  We enjoy it when audience members wish participate in Jaleos (ha-lay-ohs), which are shouts of encouragement to the performers.

Here are a few easy ones you can use at anytime during the performance, (if you hear an inspiring moment with guitar, or see a powerful moment, or simply enjoy)

The most common ones to use:
Ole  (Oh-lay)
Eso  (Esso)
Guapa  (Goo-ah-pa)

Pavilion Coordinators: Naphaporn (Noi) Albers & Orapin (Tanny) Weber

Thailand is a kingdom of wonder, filled with spectacular natural, cultural, and historical attractions. Thailand has a rich cultural heritage and diverse landscapes of great natural beauty featuring Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands and beaches. Along with a fascinating history and a unique culture that includes delectable Thai food and massage, Thailand features a modern capital city, and friendly people who epitomize Thailand’s “land of smiles” reputation.

Visit our Pavilion to see the beautiful scenery of the five regions of Thailand and come out to watch our classical Thai Dance performances nightly on the GlobalFest stages.

Pavilion Coordinator: Nuriye Sarsu

Ambassador: Medina Ardic

Turkish lifestyle is a vivid mosaic, juxtaposing the West and the East, the modern and the ancient. Life in Turkey is a rich variety of cultures and traditions, some dating back centuries and others claiming a much more recent heritage. Any visitor to Turkey will find that it is blessed with exotic landscapes, breathtaking beaches, and a rich historical culture.

Turkish culinary culture is renowned as one of the world’s best. Fresh, local and seasonal produce are at the heart of Turkish cooking culture. What better way to enjoy some desserts and Turkish Music than to accept the Turkish Canadian Culture Association’s (TCCA) invite to a gateway to history. The TCCA was founded in 1981 as a non-profit organization and since then has been working hard to bring Turkish culture to Calgary. Invitees will also learn how to make Marble Art, a form of art derived straight from the undying history of the Anatolia. There will be traditional ceramic plates and other items of cultural heritage available for purchase as well. We hope to see you there! Görüşmek üzere!

Pavilion Coordinator – To be announced

Description coming soon.


Pavilion Coordinator – To be announced

Description coming soon.

Pavilion Coordinator: Mariel Higuerey

The Venezuelan pavilion represents the Merida State – one of the 23 states of Venezuela and one of the main cities of the Venezuelan Andes. It is a university city with a friendly and cultural atmosphere. Its spectacular mountain position makes it ideal for outdoor sports and activities.

In the pavilion, festival attendees will be able to see aspects of this beautiful city. A couple of the highlights are:

  • Teleferico Mukumbari – the highest and longest cable car system in the world with 12.5 Km and reaching 4,765 metres above the sea level.
  • Laguna de Mucubaji – one of the biggest lagoons in the region with glacier origins. Located within the Sierra Nevada National Park it is the perfect example of the fauna and flora of the paramo ecosystem typical in the area.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to taste Venezuelan chocolate and interact with association members and volunteers to learn more about this beautiful State and our Country.

Pavilion Coordinator – Elizabeth Valencia Godinez

Hola Amigos: Friendly words that reflects the kindness and hospitality of Mexican people.

Mexico is a unique country with endless distinct cultural facets, from its history, art, music, food and nature to daily modern life. Our Pavilion invites you to experience Mexican culture throughout their beautiful displays.

On stage Viva Mexico and Viva la Danza groups will perform colourful folkloric dances from different regions of Mexico that encompass our wonderful traditions.

Welcome to Viva Mexico Pavilion, Welcome to explore the different paths of Mexico. Hasta la vista amigos…


Ethnic Food Booths

  • India
  • Indonesian Kitchen
  • Philippines
  • Taste of Québec
  • T&T Caribbean
  • Taste of Vietnam
  • Tryzub Ukrainian

Food Trucks & Concession

  • Bannock Tea & Grill
  • Corn Roasters Canada
  • Empanada Queen
  • Fiasco Gelato
  • The Exploring Moose
  • Jacked Up Coffee
  • Jane Bond Mongolian Grill
  • Lazy Dog Lemonades
  • Lil’ Orbits Mini-Donuts
  • Shogun Teppanyaki Grill
  • So Yum Eh!
  • Sugar Creek Kettle Corn
  • Taiko Taco
  • Wannawafel
  • Whales Tails

Night Market

  • Arcane Coda
  • Corabella Handcrafted Wirework Jewellery
  • Jungle Flare

Passport Pursuit

Travel the world without leaving the city! Come explore all the exotic sights and sounds that the Sunbelt Rentals OneWorld Festival has to offer in an educational and exciting game of Cultural Pavilion Passport Pursuit.

Put on your walking shoes because you’re about to embark on an epic multicultural adventure! With Passport Pursuit, you’ll be globe-trotting around GlobalFest from Azerbaijan to Vietnam! Get the most out of your GlobalFest experience by participating in our Passport Pursuit competition from August 15-26. Answer region-specific trivia questions in your Passport for a chance to win big, all you have to do is take a tour around Elliston Park!

How do I play?

  1. Pick up your Passport as you enter the park or from the London Drugs Trailer
  2. Visit as many Cultural Pavilions as your travel-bug heart desires!
  3. Ask the Pavilion Ambassadors the questions that correspond to their regions
  4. Record your answers and receive your stamps from the awesome Ambassadors
  5. After your wanderlust has subsided, submit your stamped Passport back to the London Drugs Trailer
  6. After submitting your Passport, your name will be entered in a draw to win one of the following prizes. Prize categories are divided based on the number of Pavilions visited. The more Pavilions you explore, the bigger the prize!

What can I win?

Stayed tuned for more details.


Main Stage