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 eleven 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 100 individuals as new Canadians in 2018. This year the ceremony will take place on Tuesday, August 21st on the ONEWORLD Stage at approximately 6:30 PM, the epicenter of multicultural activity and celebration at GlobalFest.

Performance Stages

Village Stage

Cultural Pavilions

Pavilion Coordinator – To be announced

Welcome to Africa.

This is a great opportunity to learn about the diversity of African culture. Our pavilion will showcase arts, crafts, artifacts and information about different countries in Africa. This year we will also emphasize the “Fula” culture. The Fula people, (Peul in French), numbering between 20 to 25 million in population, are one of the largest ethnic groups in the sahel and west Africa, and are widely dispersed the continent (Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Sudan, Chad, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Niger, etc.).

Visit us and let’s travel together around Africa.

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 – Judy Royal & Shannon Bear Chief
Ambassador – Waylon and Eileen Black

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 or humour and we will do our best to immerse you into Blackfoot Culture!

Pavilion Coordinator – To be announced

Description coming soon.

Pavilion Coordinator – TBC

Join us, to celebrate the pulsating Caribbean culture, foods, music, arts & crafts, and Caribbean lifestyle at our OneWorld Village Pavilion! While there, you will view an assortment of artwork, handicrafts and artisfacts made by local artists including local craft specialist Jenifer Leehim. You can purchase a variety of Caribbean crafts including dolls, shells, beads and ornaments. Take a few minutes to visit our food kiosk to share some of our traditional dishes including Caribbean patties, jerk chicken on a bun and Caribbean sweets and pop. The mesmerizing sounds of T & T Organettes Steelband can be heard on selective days of the festival. Thanks to Appleton Jamaican Rums.

Pavilion Coordinator – To be announced

Description coming soon.

Pavilion Coordinator – Marie T. Nickel

A little francophone market at GlobalFest animated by various street artists.

Come and discover many multicultural francophone community’s artisanal products: handcrafted jewelry, maple products, cultural clothing, arrow sashes & purses and more.

Multicultural francophone dance groups and bands will be performing on GlobalFest stages. Come taste a real Québec poutine or a savoury smoked meat sandwich at « Deli Q » food tent.

Le Pavillon de Francophonie-Calgary

Un petit marché francophone musicalement animé à Global Fest.

Venez découvrir des produits multiculturels et artisanaux de la communauté francophone : bijoux faits à la main, vêtements culturels, les produits de l’érable, ceintures et sacs fléchés et plus. Musique et danse multiculturelle francophone sera aussi au rendez-vous sur les scènes de Global Fest. Venez savourer de la vraie poutine ou un délicieux sandwich à la viande fumée à la tente alimentaire de « Déli Q ».

Pavilion Coordinator – Niyanta Kotecha

India’s astounding diversity of religions, languages, and cultures is unique and unparalleled. The society is a vast subcontinent, varied and complex in its rich heritage, and is among the oldest in the world. This year our pavilion will consist of an excellent collection of Indian handicrafts, artefacts and jewelry as well as Henna/Mehendi painting. Henna/Mehendi is a form of body art from Ancient India, in which decorative designs are created on a person’s body, using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant (Lawsonia inermis), this is believed to bring good luck to the person wearing the Henna. This year we will also be showcasing both traditional and modern Indian culture in the form of 3 different dance performances by our very talented artists of varying age groups. These dances will reflect India’s vastly diverse culture of different states. The costumes of all the dancers will be a glamorous display of Indian ethnic wear.

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 – Veronica Chirnoaga & 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 Moffat

Scotland is a land like no other with its Mountains, Lochs (Lakes) and Glaciel Glens (Valleys). Known for its beautiful Castles and strong heritage, there is much to discover about Scotland through the Scottish Pavilion. Come re-connect with your roots while you find your family Tartan and Crest, or make a new connection simply by being from Calgary. Meet members of the St Andrews Caledonian Society of Calgary and shop authentic Scottish wares from the Highland Shoppe. Enjoy live Bagpipes and drums from the Ogden Legion Pipe Band. Also stop by to see our Highland Dancers of all ages who will be performing on the stages as well as in the Pavilion showing the traditional dances that go back to the 1800’s. We invite ye to come hold a traditional Targe and pose with a Clansmen or Kilted Dancer. Also Nessie will be back this year to take a picture with you, share a selfie on social media #globalfestSCOTS for your chance to win movie passes……are you a believer?

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!


Our GlobalFest Urban Arts Crew and friends will be LIVE in our Urban Arts Pavilion, every night of the festival! Come check out our interactive space to experience positive, community vibes and hands-on arts, music and culture. Try out urban dance styles, rap, graffiti, spoken word poetry, beatboxing and more! We’ll be featuring different community partners each evening, so come & try something new every night of the festival!

Thursday, August 16, 2018 – Ukraine: “What Feeds Us” Learn about community gardening and cooking with the Alex Community Food Centre & Antyx Community Arts

Saturday, August 18, 2018 – Spain: Decidedly Jazz Danceworks: Come try new dance moves and see performances by the youth from our GlobalFest x DJD summer camp!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 – Philippines: Young Women of Power and Sound Kreations will pump up your self-esteem and boost your energy with storytelling and dancing!

Thursday, August 23, 2018 – China: What do Science and Hip Hop have in common? Come meet the Science Genius 2018 champions when our friends from Beakerhead host the Pavilion.

Saturday, August 25, 2018 – Finale: We’re going big on the last night, come experience interactive art installations and explore the magical world of theatre with Movement with a Message and Make It YYC.

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, come experience the kindness and hospitality of Mexican people!

Mexico is a unique country with endless distinct cultural facets, including its history, art, music, food, nature, and daily modern life. Our pavilion invites you to experience Mexican culture throughout our beautiful displays. On stage, Viva Mexico Dance Company and Viva la Danza group will perform colourful folkloric dances from different regions of Mexico that encompass our wonderful traditions.   We invite you to explore the different paths of Mexico. Hasta la vista amigo.


Ethnic Food Booths

  • Deli Q
  • Eat A Pita
  • India
  • Indonesian Kitchen
  • Panda Soluxe
  • Philippines
  • T&T Caribbean
  • Taste of Vietnam
  • Tryzub Ukrainian

Food Trucks & Concession

  • Arepas Ranch
  • 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
  • Red Plate
  • Shogun Teppanyaki Grill
  • So Yum Eh!
  • Sugar Creek Kettle Corn
  • Taiko Taco
  • Wannawafel
  • Whales Tails

Night Market

  • Arcane Coda
  • Corabella Handcrafted Wirework Jewellery
  • International Paintball Group
  • Jungle Flare
  • Pup Town Paws Pet Supplies
  • Tails Of the Misunderstood Canine Rescue Society

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 16-25. 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