Evanston’s lakefront will be transformed into a Global Village for the 31st annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, a two-day celebration of global diversity. This free event features art from an abundance of countries, family crafts activities, international cuisine, and live music, dance, and spoken word performances. Attendees will enjoy continuous performances throughout the weekend at two venues. Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd. at Church St. Evanston
Music Stage – Saturday, July 16, 2016
12:45pm The Puppet Place: Wonderful World of Puppets
Historical and cultural origins of different puppets are shown in stories from their cultures.
2:00pm Sultans of String
A global, sonic tapestry of Spanish Flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, and French Manouche Gypsy-jazz.
3:45pm Hounds of Finn
Celtic-infused, Americana-inspired, Folk Rock —including original songs, traditional tunes
with a modern twist, and fresh arrangements of popular hits.
5:30pm Kiran Ahluwalia
Original compositions embodying the essence of Indian and Pakistani music while embracing influences from the Sahara.
Field Performance – Saturday, July 16, 2016
12:15pm Tsukasa Taiko Kids
Japanese drumming performance from one of the largest community programs in the
Midwest dedicated to expanding and evolving the taiko art form.
1:35pm Rhythm Revolution
Members invite attendees to join them in a drum circle. Bring your own percussion instrument or borrow one on hand.
3:20pm Read My Hips
Middle Eastern bellydancing including stylistic elements of Bharata Natyam, the folkloric dances of the Middle East, Kathak, flamenco, hip hop, and American modern dances.
5:05pm The Barefoot Hawaiian
Gentle Hawaiian hula and the energetic Tahitian drum dancing with an invitation for the audience to participate in a portion of the performance.
Music Stage – Sunday, July 17, 2016
12:25pm Chicago Folklore Ensemble
Follow the butterfly on a journey from Nigeria to Thailand, India to the Amazon. A string quartet and storyteller narrate folktales and songs celebrating the Earth.
2:00pm Chicago Afrobeat Project
Inspired by Fela Kuti, the musicians weave Chicago musical elements with the afrobeat of Nigeria.
3:45pm Gaby Moreno
Stylistically diverse Guatemalan singersongwriter and Grammy-nominee performing genres ranging from bossa nova to bluesy rock.
5:30pm Johnny Blas Afro Libre Orchestra
Hard hitting conguero Johnny Blas, who has performed and recorded jazz and Latin music
for over 25 years.
Field Performance – Sunday, July 17, 2016
12:00pm Evanston Escola de Samba
Brazilian batucada parade inspired by the samba schools of Rio de Janeiro, which gather large groups of percussionists, dancers and singers from all backgrounds.
1:30pm Chi Town Dholiz and Bollywood Groove
Punjabi drumming and high energy Bollywood Groove Bhangra dance troupe get you grooving to the festive folk Bhangra from Northern India.
3:20pm Chicago Cossacks
A program of Russian, Ukrainian and Russian gypsy songs, dances and tunes.
5:05pm Young Stracke All-Stars
The band of 8-14 year olds, born through the teachings of Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, invites you to join them in an afternoon sing-along!