Sunbelt Rentals OneWorld Festival 2018-05-16T07:43:15+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 nine 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 Canada’s 150 by welcoming 150 individuals as new Canadians in 2017. This year the ceremony will take place on Tuesday, August 22nd 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 – Cheikh Wade

Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre is an African dance company based in Calgary. The name Woezo Africa means “welcome to the land of perfection”, the company embodies the motivating factor by which the group functions: to preserve the purity of the cultural values and principles of Africa by providing quality entertainment and education to our community and audiences. Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre artistically and creatively uses dances, music, and dance theatre to keep the cultural values, principles, and customs of the African heritage alive. We are committed to excellence and integrity in the training of dancers, the dissemination of knowledge related to African history and cultural art forms, the delivery of performances that celebrate such art forms, and the development of community-based programs.

Pavilion Manager – Sabina Isgandarova

Do you know why Azerbaijan is sometimes called “The Land of Fire”? Alberta Azerbaijani Cultural Society invites you to come find out and experience a cultural journey through the Azerbaijan Pavilion!

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 cultural display’s, view handmade crafts and learn more about Azerbaijan. You will also have an opportunity to enjoy Azerbaijani dances and learn more about our country and culture.

This will be our second year with GlobalFest; We invite everyone to stop by!

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 Coordinators – Judy Royal & Shannon Bear Chief

Welcome to the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park pavilion! Take the opportunity to learn about Blackfoot culture and history, and watch traditional dance and drum performances. Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park is proud to be the First Nations representative at GlobalFest!

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 and humour; 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.

Pavilion Coordinator – To be announced

Description coming soon.

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 ».

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. We will also have a photo exhibition from the Japan Photo Contest. Get in the festival mood by trying on a 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 a professional. Don’t forget your camera! Post your pic and use #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 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 Coordinators – Veronica Chirnoaga and Andrada Popa

“Bine ati venit la Pavilionul Romanesc! Welcome to the Romanian Pavilion!”

Romania is the land of Dracula, the country of Nadia Comaneci, the cloudland of the medieval castles and the world’s famous painted monasteries. You are more than welcome to get to know us better! Romania is full of beautiful places and people who over time, with their inventions, changed the world that we live in. We warmly welcome you to visit us at our pavilion to see performing traditional dancers and singers, to find out about our folklore/folk music, to learn about Romanian costumes and legendary craft and lots of other surprises!

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 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 – 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 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 history alongside landscapes of natural beauty featuring Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands and beaches. Don’t forget our unique culture, 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 more recent heritage. Any visitor to Turkey will find a great deal that is exotic, and much that is reassuringly familiar. The surprising blend of East and West makes up the Turkish lifestyle.

Turkey is blessed with nature and distinct geography from breathtaking natural beauties, unique landscapes and plants, to rich lush green forests, turquoise coasts and beautiful pristine beaches.

The TCCA (Turkish Canadian Culture Association) was founded in 1981 as a non-profit organization and since then has been working hard to bring Turkish culture to Calgary. Festival patrons will 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 ranges make 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 reaching 4,765 metres above sea level.
  • Laguna de Mucubaji – one of the biggest lagoons in the region with glacier origins, it is the perfect example of the fauna and flora of the paramo ecosystem.

Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with association members and volunteers to learn more about this beautiful State and 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

  • Burger 320
  • Corn Roasters Canada
  • Empanada Queen
  • 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
  • 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?

Prizes include a Special Grand Prize of Airfare for 2 to Mexico City courtesy of Aeromexico (some restrictions apply), a Marlin Travel Canada 150 Package, a London Drugs $250 gift certificate, a Regional Travel & Attractions Package, and free parking at YYC International Airport for a month! Check out page 37 in your Official Program for more details, and don’t forget to drop off your completed passports at the London Drugs Trailer before the end of Finale Night.

The winner will be drawn on September 13.

Thank you to Aeromexico, ConocoPhillips Canada, London Drugs, Map Town, Marlin Travel, and YYC for supporting this fun contest!


Main Stage