12573785_1693563937569278_1569311764607596079_nThe World Village Festival returns to Capitol Park for the second year Friday-Sunday, June 10-12! This amazing three-day festival in Downtown Boise includes participants representing our Mexican, Basque, Native American, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Bosnian, African, North and South America, Middle Eastern, Indian and Greek communities.



The World Village Festival is a three day arts and humanities event that will be host to several multi-national performing groups representing Idaho’s variety of cultures. This dance, music, storytelling, poetry, film and food event showcases our community’s expanding blend of cultural arts and literature, and invites every resident to connect with their neighbors through a rich celebration of the many traditions and arts around us. World Village, a lively interactive event, bridges communities, raises awareness and enhances cultural sensitivity while promoting diversity.

Growing together as a community requires understanding and validation of our unique experiences and backgrounds. The ability to share one’s cultural heritage builds a sense of pride and belonging. Feeling welcome and having a mechanism to share strengthens individuals and families and builds a confident, strong and inclusive society. The collaborative nature of art, music, film, dance and culture creates the environment needed to open doors between ethnic groups in a vibrant and welcoming way. Through discovery of differences in art and culture, we also discover the many ways we are alike in our human experiences and values.

World Village gives people an opportunity to listen, watch, learn, feel and interact while learning and teaching cultural aspects of Idaho’s diverse heritage. Through art workshops, people will learn characters, words and symbols that reflect cultural heritage. Through dance workshops, people will learn elements of movement that symbolize important events in other cultures, such as weddings, rites of passage, cultural celebrations and more. In the creation of music, people will first learn the purpose and history of the instruments and rhythms that enlist call and response interactions of musicians and also draw people together to listen, dance or play as they have done for thousands of years. These hands-on activities help us to transcend language barriers and more quickly integrate newer members of the community, especially those who have relocated from other countries.

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