Pavilion Coordinators: Cheikh Wade & Ndeye Mbow
Welcome to Africa! Once again, it’s time to celebrate!
Come explore and share the diversity of the African culture. Our pavilion will showcase traditional African art, crafts and information about different countries in Africa. The theme of our pavilion this year is the “History of the Djembe Drum,” so please visit us to learn more!
Venez découvrir la diversité de la culture africaine. Notre pavillon expose des objets d’art provenant de différents pays en Afrique. Notre thème sera l’histoire du Djembe et sa place dans la culture Africaine. Un instrument de musique qu’on trouve dans plusieurs pays en Afrique.
Pavilion Coordinator: Irada Shamilova
Azerbaijanis began immigrating to Canada in the 1980s. Being rich in Oil and Gas, Azerbaijan attracted lots of foreign investments after the collapse of the Soviet Union and developed a strong pool of highly educated Oil and Gas professionals. Therefore many Azerbaijanis immigrating to Canada don’t think twice when choosing Alberta as their new home.
Azerbaijan has quite a unique geographic landscape. 9 out of 11 existing climatic zones can be found here making tourism one of the fastest-growing industries in the country.
Azerbaijan is also known as Land of Fire thanks to the naturally occurring eternal flames spread across the mountains. Fun fact: this holy fire has burned since ancient times and no rain, snow or wind ever managed to stop it.
Azerbaijan is situated right between Europe and Asia on the shores of the Caspian Sea, that locals call Hazar. The Silk Road historically passed through parts of Azerbaijan. All these factors helped nurture multiculturalism, making ethnic and religious diversity a matter of pride for Azerbaijan and its people. You can find a church, a mosque and a synagogue all within a few blocks from each other here. Many Azerbaijani immigrants choose Canada for that same reason. Canadian Azerbaijanis highly appreciate all the support and opportunity to pass their vibrant traditions, dances, culture and one of a kind, absolutely delicious cuisine on to the next generation here in Canada.
Pavilion Coordinator: Mohammad Roshid & Nasreen Akther
Bangladesh (People’s Republic of Bangladesh), one of the emerging economic powers of the world, is located in South Asia. It became independent in 1971. In last fifty years since its independence, the nation has witnessed impressive socio-economic growth. Currently, it has a population of nearly 160 million. Bangladesh has an immensely rich history and cultural heritage. The culture of Bangladesh is intertwined with the culture of the Bengal region. It has evolved over the centuries and encompasses the cultural diversity of several social groups of Bangladesh. Bengali writers, scientists, thinkers, musicians, painters, film makers —- have all played a significant role in defining and developing the Bengali (Bangla) culture. The vibrant culture of Bangladesh is manifested in various forms, including music, dance, drama, art, craft, folklore, literature, festivals as well as in a distinct cuisine culinary tradition.
Bangladesh Canada Association of Calgary (BCAOC) is proud to represent Bangladesh in this year’s global fest in Calgary. Visit our Pavilion and immerse yourself in the rich Bangladeshi culture featuring arts, crafts and artifacts, as well as information about the history of Bangladesh.
Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park
Pavilion Coordinator –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 Coordinators: Elisia Teixeira, Harry Zaft and Nina Connors
Visit our Pavilion and immerse yourself into the rich Brazilian Culture with arts, crafts, artifacts, and information about the different regions of Brazil. You will also have the opportunity to speak with native Brazilians living in Calgary and learn about activities offered by the Brazilian Association throughout the year, such as Carnaval, Festa Junina, BrazilFest and Reveillon. Don’t forget to try on traditional Brazilian costumes for a memorable picture!
China – New for 2022!
Pavilion Coordinator: David Curtis Wright
The Northwestern China Community Association of Alberta presents Summer Splendor: traditional Chinese apparel, Chinese calligraphy, and the art of Chinese tea.
Come to GlobalFest 2022, get a name for yourself in Chinese, learn about the invention of fireworks in China, enjoy the visual spectacle of traditional Chinese apparel, take in a demonstration of the exquisite art of Chinese tea…and more!
Our booth has on hand a very accomplished Chinese artist who will, free of charge, select a Chinese name for interested people and then write it out in fine Chinese calligraphy, with a traditional brush, and on traditional calligraphy paper. What a unique souvenir for GlobalFest 2022 in Calgary!
Everyone knows intuitively that fireworks originated in China, but do they know some of the details of the story? At our pavilion we will have a brief video on the Chinese invention of fireworks, narrated by David Curtis Wright, a professor of Chinese history at the University of Calgary. Professor Wright will also be at the booth to answer questions about fireworks in Chinese history.
We will also have on hand experts in traditional Chinese apparel, Chinese tea, and other good things. Come pay our pavilion a visit!
Hungary – New for 2022!
Pavilion Coordinator: Amanda Anstett
Welcome to the very first Hungarian pavilion at GlobalFest – our community is thrilled to share our rich culture with you! Hungarian culture is ripe with beautiful folk art, costumes, music, dance, and of course, deliciously hearty food! Stop by our booth and meet members of the community who immigrated from Hungary during the revolution, as well as their children and other family members who have lived here their whole lives, but have managed to keep the tie to their roots and culture strong in Canada. Our group is excited to also have the opportunity to share our love of traditional folk dances with you, so be sure to look out for us on the stage!
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.
Indonesia – New for 2022!
Pavilion Coordinator: Julia Sugityo
The Indonesia Pavilion is the home of diversity. It will give you an opportunity to get familiar with Indonesia’s natural wonders and learn about traditional clothes from various regions in Indonesia, arts and local crafts. A great opportunity for you to capture your memory with the Hanoman, the white monkey masked figure from Bali Island, and experience Indonesian traditional family-friendly competitions for kids and families.
Pavilion Coordinator: Niloofar Mirzadzare
Ambassador: Navid Akbari
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.
Visit our pavilion to discover more.
Pavilion Coordinator: Tomo Honda
Whether you are gearing up for visiting Japan as the border closures ease, or just want to get to know a little more about the nation, stop by the Japan pavilion’s booth for information and cultural displays by the Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary and Calgary Japanese Community Association. Be captivated by a photo exhibition from the Japan Photo Contest, including details on how to enter the next one! You will also be able to find information on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, or options for how to study in Japan with a MEXT scholarship. You will also have an opportunity to speak with students from Japan to lean about local cities in Japan and might find your gem in the mini Japanese market!
Pavilion Coordinator: Zkaria Ali
Kurdistan is the dream of every Kurd. We invite you to visit the Kurdish Pavilion, which is organized by the Calgary Kurdish House Centre. You will learn about our culture that spans thousands of years from the Median empress to this day. We tell the world that we exist (our population is more than 60 million, but without a country). We thank all those who came to our humble pavilion and we would like to thank all who were organized for this festival.
Pavilion Coordinator: Cynthya Bringas & Elizabeth 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.
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: Marietta Pangan
The Republic of the Philippines, also known as the Pearl of the Orient Seas,” is a tropical paradise of 7,641 islands. His archipelagic state is categorized under three main geographical divisions: Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, together with 11 other major islands. The Philippines is located on the southeastern rim of Asia. 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 significant producer of the country’s national, rare natural gem, the Golden South Sea Pearl,
We are excited to showcase in our pavilion 2 two significant themes: Education and Christmas.
Filipinos regard the value of a Good Education in society as the possible ladder for social worthiness and success. Filipinos, on the other hand, celebrate Christmas the most joyous and the longest, being the earliest (September 1st) and the latest (January 5th) Feast of the three kings.
The Filipinos’ diverse culture and rich traditions will be showcased through fruit carving demonstrations and cultural performances by Chef Artist Fercibal Brown Noel Camacho, M2ZFusion, Maharlika Divas, Nina Mabugat, Allysha Nolasco, Jhanna Mariel Villanueva at the different stages at GlobalFest.
At the Philippine Food Kiosk, Fantasy Donuts and Pretzels, Mia’s Lechon, and DAS will serve authentic Filipino cuisine.
The Philippine Cultural Pavilion and Ethnic Food Kiosk are presented, organized, and coordinated by the Diaryo Alberta Society.
Pavilion Coordinators: Veronica Chirnoaga
“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 & Robert Henderson
We have many beautiful places all over Canada that have been named after someone or something from Scotland. Calgary, for example, is named after the beautiful Scottish beach, Calgary Bay
which is home to the stunning Calgary Castle. Come visit us in our Calgary Castle and take in breathtaking artwork from local Scottish artists. See photographs taken of Scotland’s beautiful land and Castles. Visit with local Scots from The St. Andrew – Caledonian Society and shop Scottish wears from T & M Photo (one of our local artists). We invite ye to come hold a traditional Targe and pose with a Clansmen, Kilted Dancer or Nessie. Live Bagpipes, Highland dancers and maybe a drummer or two?
Pavilion Coordinator: Steven Terenta & 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: Pana Verhaest
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: Noi Albers
The Alberta Thai-Canadian Association (Calgary), (ATCA), was formed in 2002 to promote friendship and good understanding between Thai’s and Canadians, to maintain and promote the cultural heritage of Thailand and to provide opportunities for social activities for its’ members.
Thailand is predominantly the Buddhist Kingdom in Southeast Asia. It has an area about the same as Alberta but a population of 70 million. Thailand shares borders with Myanmar to the west and north, Laos to the north-east, Kampuchea to the east, and Malaysia to the south. Thailand lies within the humid tropics and remains hot throughout the year. Average temperatures are about 29 °C. There are three seasons: the cool season (November to
March), the hot season (April to May), and the rainy season (June to October). Thailand is filled with spectacular natural, cultural, and historical attractions and 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.
Dance is Thailand’s main dramatic art form and can be divided into two major categories: high art (classical dance) and low art (folk dance). The ATCA sponsors its’ own Thai Dance group comprised of members volunteering their time to learn and perform classical and folk dances. The beautiful girls dance barefoot with great smiles, and graceful and delicate movements in their elaborate costumes. The dances are hypnotic and follow lovely rhythms made from oriental musical instruments. The group has performed at dozens of cultural events over the years including GlobalFest and the Calgary Stampede.
Anyone wishing to find more out about the ATCA can check out our Facebook group “Alberta Thai-Canadian Association (Calgary)”.
Pavilion Coordinator: Serhan Tarken & Haslet Pekdemir
Welcome to Turkiye! We have officially changed our name with the UN so that future generations will not be confused with the bird, turkey.
Turkiye sits at the crossroads of thousands of years of civilizations. We are surrounded by rich culture and heritage of those who have come and stayed on these vast lands between Europe and Asia. Among the many of wonders of Turkiye, Cappadocia, Ephesus,, Nemrut, Hagia Sophia and Troya stand out as millions of tourists flock to Turkiye to see the sights and the history. What most people take away after they are immersed in the stunning diversity is the warmth and generosity of the people of Turkiye.
We as Turks owe most of the industrialization and the unification to the founder of the Republic of Turkiye to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. He has often been praised by many countries around the world as a true hero taking a mostly rural illiterate society of many different ethnic groups and defining a country based on values, beliefs and the power of equality. He transformed the alphabet, the calendar and secularized Turkiye into a modern state. Although his brilliant foresight has been tested in the recent decades, most Turks are proud of the leader who we were very fortunate to have had.
Come to the new TURKIYE Pavilion and start a discussion with us and experience the unique cultural and historical significance of our great country.
Görüşmek üzere/Hope to see you.
Pavilion Coordinator: Ernesto Gudino
Welcome to the Venezuelan Pavilion! This year take the opportunity to explore and learn more about our country famed for it’s towering peaks, tumbling falls, crystal blue beaches and friendly people. Venezuela is home to some incredible landscapes and a rich and diverse culture. Visit our Pavillion to try on traditional costumes against some of our most stunning backdrops, learn to play traditional kids games, and taste some popular snacks. Attendees will also have the opportunity to speak with members of our Association to learn about our events including the Venezuelan Culture Days in fall.
Pavilion Coordinators: Tetiana and Iryna
Ukraine is the homeland of the brave people, who love their country, respect history and traditions and work hard towards a bright future.
The best way to get to know a Ukrainian is to visit our Pavilion. We will be happy to meet with you, and share information about our beautiful country with a long history, diverse traditions and customs, and a wonderful language. You will be welcomed and immersed in the traditions of Ukraine through handmade selections of the very best and unique custom pieces of art combined with an atmosphere of fun and festivity.
The hospitality of our volunteers will surely make this a pavilion to remember!