Sunbelt Rentals OneWorld Festival
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):
For the past seven 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 we look forward to welcoming another 100 individuals and families as new Canadians in 2016. This year the ceremony will take place on Tuesday, August 23rd in the OneWorld Village at approximately 6:30 PM, the epicenter of multicultural activity and celebration at GlobalFest.
Pavilion Coordinator – Cheikh Wade
The Africa Pavilion will present the diversity of the West African culture from Dakar (Senegal) to Lagos (Nigeria) and southwards to Accra (Ghana). This is our second year at GlobalFest. It is a great opportunity to showcase the diversity of African culture and hospitality. A Senegalese musician (Sylla) will perform to the theme of Teranga - a Wolof (Senegalese ethnic group) word which means hospitality.
Pavilion Coordinator – Nasreen Akther
Bangladesh has a vibrant cultural history and is rich with diversity. It is well known for its unique tradition, beautiful landscape, and most importantly, its people. The people of Bangladesh are historically known for their hospitality and welcoming attitude towards guests.
Come to our Pavilion and let us share our country’s spectacular natural beauty by discovering Bangladesh culture, traditional dance, music, arts, crafts and people. It is our pleasure to welcome you and your family to the Bangladeshi Pavilion.
- Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Ltd.
Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Ltd.
Pavilion Coordinators - Shannon Bear Chief
"Keeping our culture strong" is our theme for GlobalFest 2016.
The Siksika Nation welcomes 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. Talk to us about our tipi designs, food, powwows or humour and we will do our best to immerse you into Blackfoot Culture!
Pavilion Coordinators - Elisia Teixeira & Aline Trevisan
Visit our Pavilion and immerse yourself into the rich Brazilian Culture featuring arts, crafts and artifacts, as well as information about the different regions of Brazil. You will also have the opportunity to speak with native Brazilians from Calgary and learn about activities offered by the Brazilian Association throughout the year, such as Carnaval, Festa Junina, BrazilFest and Reveillon in Calgary.
At our Brasil Pavilion you will have the opportunity to try on traditional Brazilian costumes for a memorable picture!
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 Jennifer 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. Special thanks to Appleton Jamaican Rums.
- Chilean Canadian Community Association of Calgary Pavilion
Chilean Canadian Community Association of Calgary Pavilion
Pavilion Coordinator – Mauricio Uribe
The Chilean Canadian Community Association of Calgary Pavilion welcomes everyone to experience Chile at its fullest. Our pavilion will showcase the rich and diverse culture and traditions of its people. From the borders of Peru & Bolivia to the South Pole, from the Andes Mountain range to Easter Island, you will experience what Chile has to offer, which includes the regional traditions of the Aymará & Mapuche Indigenous people, the Chilote culture of the South, and the Polynesian culture. We cannot forget modern Chile! After visiting our pavilion, you will leave craving a visit to beautiful Chile.
- Dances of the Middle East
Dances of the Middle East
Pavilion Coordinator – Dafne Canales
The Dances of the Middle East Pavilion will be decorated with several original hand-woven carpets made from the indigenous Berbers of Libya. Visitors to our Pavilion will experience a photography display featuring Middle Eastern, North African, Greek, and Turkish Dance, with captions describing the scenes depicted. The photo display will show the evolution of what is known today as "Bellydance", from as far back as the Pharaonic times, to Hollywood movies and the many dance styles and interpretations we see today.
- Pavillion of Franciphonie Calgary / Le Pavillion de Franciphonie
Pavillion of Franciphonie Calgary / Le Pavillion de Franciphonie
Pavilion Coordinator – Marie-Thérèse Nickel
Little Francophone Market at GlobalFest.
Purchase cultural and artisanal products, French books, handcrafted jewelry, Québec gourmet food, maple products, arrow sashes & purses, and more. Multicultural francophone dance groups and bands will be performing on stage, and the « Taste of Québec » food tent will serve poutine, smoked meat and much more.
Un petit marché francophone à GlobalFest.
Magasinez les produits culturels et artisanaux francophones, Livres, bijoux artisanaux, épicerie du terroir de Québec, les produits de l’érable, ceinture et sacs fléchés et plus. Vous pourrez écouter de la musique multiculturelle francophone sur les scènes, et aussi savourer de la vraie poutine, et un délicieux sandwich à la viande fumée à la tente alimentaire de « Taste of Québec ».
India Canada Association of Calgary
Pavilion Coordinator – Geetha Ramesh
India Canada Association of Calgary is very pleased to be participating again in Global Fest 2016. This year, our Pavilion will be even more colourful and entertaining. We will be participating in all three aspects (displays, performances and food).
Our display booth will be an eye-catcher with opportunities to see displays of some excellent Indian handicrafts, artefacts and jewellery. There will be henna painting available, and periodic demonstrations of the ethnic "Saree" draping will be conducted.
There will be a Bollywood Photo Booth in our pavilion.
INCA will also showcase dances from India including folk and classical dances performed by our very talented artists of various age groups. These dances will reflect India’s vastly diverse culture of different states. The costumes of all the dancers will be very glamorous as well as ethnic.
To add to all of the above, we will also have mouth-watering Indian food in our food booth.
Pavilion Coordinator - Saeed Sampouri
The Persian Gulf Club is honoured to host the Iranian Pavilion at GlobalFest. The 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 colours, crafts, clothing and art pieces. We will also feature a live performance of traditional music, and once again, the popular Persian calligraphy writing will be occurring in the Pavilion.
Calgary Kurdish Community Association
Pavilion Coordinator – Issa Mossa
The Calgary Kurdish Community Association is pleased to participate at this year’s GlobalFest. It is our pleasure to welcome you and your family to Kurdistan Pavilion.
Kurdistan is well known for its unique rich tradition and culture, beautiful landscape, and most importantly, its people. We invite you and your family to explore the Kurdistan Pavilion and discover its unique rich culture, traditional dance, live music, arts, crafts and people.
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 Canada 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! Don’t forget to visit the Pakistan food booth, which will be serving mouth-watering culinary delights prepared with our own blend of exotic spices.
Pavilion Coordinator – Irene Macaraeg
Made up of about 7,100 islands, the Philippines is on the Southeastern rim of Asia and is bordered by the Philippine Sea on the east, the South China Sea on the west, the Luzon Strait on the North, and the Celebes Sea on the South. Slightly larger than the state of Arizona, the Philippines measures 300,000 square kilometers with a coastline of over 36,000 kilometers and a population of more than 101 million.
Part of Filipino culture is to always treat guests warmly. Following a visit to the Philippines, rather than the food or the places they visited, foreigners often remark on the hospitality of the people.
With that being said, we invite you to visit our Pavilion and experience authentic Filipino hospitality.
Pavilion Coordinator – 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 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 were involved in the discovery of the pedal bicycle, penicillin, radio, television, radar and ultrasound scanners.
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 Coordinators – Jose Clemente & Alfredo Martin
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, and learn a few steps of Sevillanas, the beautiful folkloric dance of Southern Spain! Olé!
Pavilion Coordinator - Cha-Cha Chansiri & Tatiya Widynowski
"Sa-was-dee" Welcome To Thailand, the land of smiles.
The theme for our Pavilion is the “Amazing Golden of Thailand”. It includes Thai traditional performances on the OneWorld Stages and cultural activities such as Thai products and carvings.
Each night there will be Thai representatives at tables from four regions of Thailand, each presenting a theme. Come and visit our pavilion, and remember your new Thai word: "Sa-wa-dee".
- Tryzub Ukrainian
Pavilion Coordinators – John Stadnyk & Oksana Tarasenko
"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”. Watch for your opportunity to meet and photograph the world famous Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble as they dazzle audiences on the GlobalFest stages.
Pavilion Coordinator - Ernesto Gudino
Venezuela is located in the North of South America. It is divided into 23 provinces and 1 federal district. Each province has a particular characteristic that makes it unique. The Lara State is famous for the design and creation of hand crafted pieces. Quibor, a town in the Lara state, has the highest number of stores in the country, and a variety of hand crafted pieces. This small and colorfully city is located at 20 minutes from the Barquisimeto the Lara’s State Capital. Hand crafted pieces in this province can be summarized in three groups, Ceramic pieces, tissue, and wood carving.
Venezuela has and very rich culinary history. Some typical Venezuelan dishes include the Arepa, the Hallaca, and the “Pabellón Criollo”. Venezuela is also famous for its Artisan Cheese, Tarcary de Chivo (goat), and Olletade Gallo, a Soup originally from Spain.
- Viva Mexico
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
OneWorld Café Ethnic Food Booths
- Indonesian Kitchen
- Taste of Quebec
- Tryzub Ukrainian
Cafe North Food Trucks
- Shogun Teppanyaki Grill
- Jane Bond Mongolian Grill
- Calgary Flames Tailgate Grill
- Shawarma in Motion
- Empanada Queen
- Chimmi’s Fresh Grill
- Fiasco Gelato Food Truck
- Arcane Coda
- Bolli Imports
- Corabella Wirework
- Jungle Flare (Sherpa Soles)
- Pup Town Paws
- Tails of the Misunderstood Canine Rescue Society