Global Arts Festival coming to Bartlett June 24-25
Arts in Bartlett celebrates its 15th year as a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization with a new Global Arts Festival in Bartlett Park, 102 N. Eastern Ave., Bartlett.
The festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, will celebrate the diverse cultures within the surrounding community through multicultural music, art, crafts, dance, food and audience participation events.
Volunteers parading 20 national flags around the park open the festival at 11 a.m. Saturday, with music by the Bartlett Youth Choir.
One of the Midwest's leading folklorico dance groups, the award-winning Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl, headlines the two days of performances at 11:15 a.m. Saturday.
Other entertainment highlights include a colorful fashion show of costumes from different ethnic groups in China and Taiwan, from the Chin dynasty to today, presented by members of the Midwest Hakka Association.
The Chicago Singers Chorus will perform under the direction of Lori Ho. Others represented in dance and song include India, Kurds, Spain, Poland, African-Americans, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Polynesia, Turkey, Ireland and Mexico.
"You can shop like a world traveler at the booths selling handmade goods, jewelry and art," said Cecilia Green, festival facilitator and director of the Arts Center, 215 S. Main St.
"Some purchases will benefit artisans overseas who are able to earn money through fair-trade shops like Gifts of the World in Schaumburg and SORA, with handwoven purses made by urban and rural poor women in the Philippines."
The Artisans of Hope jewelry and fashions from a mission in Honduras has a local connection. This mission was created by Sean and Whitney Warner. She is the daughter of Bartlett residents Bruce and Jan Suffern, who carry the items at The Shoppes at Banbury Fair.
There are also plenty of activities available for children and families.
"You can keep your kids busy all day" Green said. "The Activity Area will have crafts and games like bocce, carrum from India, and loteria, Mexican bingo."
The Gazebo will contain a Family Global Story Circle and crafts with Color My World Arts Academy.
Yoga, martial arts, drumming circles and henna arts are also featured.
Food vendors include German, Mexican, Polish and American foods, beer and wine.
Cooperating villages and organizations include villages of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood, Hanover Township, Bartlett Park District, and the Midwest Hakka Association. Corporate sponsors include Blick, MB Financial Bank, and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office.
Tony Talwar of Enine Media and Marisha Telemaque of Just Kind Words gave graphic arts assistance. William Noesen, a Bartlett High School student, built a portable festival stage for his Eagle Scout project.
The schedule of all events and entertainment is on the festival page of artsinbartlett.org and on Facebook at Bartlett Global Arts Festival. For more information, contact Arts in Bartlett, (630) 372-4152 or email@example.com. Arts in Bartlett is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.
Bartlett Global Arts FestivalThe event is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, in Bartlett Park, 102 N. Eastern Ave., Bartlett.
11 a.m. Opening Flag Ceremony, Songs by Bartlett Youth Chorus, VIP Welcome
11:15 a.m. Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl
12 p.m. Rangoli, Bollywood Dance
12:15 p.m. Zartosht, Diba Majedi, Traditional Kurdish Dance of Iran
1 p.m. Aradhya Dance Academy, Dance of India
1:10 p.m. Chicago Morningstar Children's Singing Group from Xilin NW Chinese School
1:30 p.m. Flamenco Expresivo Dance Ensemble
2 p.m. Polish National Alliance, Polish Folk Dancing
2:30 p.m. Divine Movement Praise Dance Ministry, 2nd Baptist Church, Elgin
3 p.m. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Step Team
3:30 p.m. Taiwan Fashion Show and the Chicago Singers Chorus from Taiwan
4:30 p.m. Students of Devaki Janakiraman, Bharathanatyam, classical dance of India. South Indian folk dance
5 p.m. Amaryllis Santiago, the Latin Phoenix, singer
11 a.m. Niko, International Singer
12:15 p.m. Grupo Folklorico Quetzal, Hanover Park
1 p.m. Greg Herriges, Turkish Music
2 p.m. Angela Wang, Chinese Guzheng Musician (Chinese Zither)
2:20 p.m. Girl Scouts: Mexican Hat Dance/Lesson
2:30 p.m. Christian Tabernacle Church of Roselle Gospel Choir
3:30 p.m. Weber Irish Dancers
4 p.m. Flamenco Expresivo Dance Ensemble
4:30 p.m. Pacifika Polynesian Dance Group (Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa and Guam)