Posted in: Louisville attractions, Louisville Information, Louisville Real Estate, What to do in Louisville, Author: Younger Group (August 31, 2012)
Louisville, a cosmopolitan city influenced by many cultures, is once again celebrating the contributions of all its citizens with a three day WorldFest 2012 festival. “See the World Without Leaving Town” is the catchy slogan of the event now in its 10th year. One of the region’s largest festivals, it made the Top 10 list of fall festivals and events on the Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s list. It runs at the Belvedere at 5th and Main, from Friday, August 31 through Sunday, September 2 from 11am to 11pm each day.For a schedule of events, see the WorldFest website.
As Mayor Greg Fischer says, “WorldFest is a great event for exploring and celebrating Louisville’s many faces and cultures and we always look to make it more vibrant, diverse and educational. So, it’s exciting to add many new features and attractions for the 10th anniversary.”
Cultural differences show up in food, music, dance, and handicrafts, as well as the customs reflected at holidays and in daily life. WorldFest tries to capture it all with a Parade of Cultures on Saturday and a weekend of exciting performances and delicious ethnic food. Whether you want to take home crafts great for gifts, printed information about other cultures, or new insights about how people live in their native countries, WorldFest has it all. You can enjoy the music of Ireland, Latin America, Africa, or India on multiple stages as you adventure through something new at WorldFest this year – the Global Village. As you explore, you will meet people dressed in native garb and speaking the language of their country.
Kids are invited to the new World of Discovery where they can see the world with a passport issued at a designated checkpoint. They can “visit” the continents and come away with a craft representative of one of the countries there. World of Discovery will include Home Depot workshops, face painting, and inflatables.
Quite appropriate for our day, WorldFest 2012 will reach out to those in need. There will be a job fair to help immigrants find jobs in Louisville. Employers will be on hand, but the event will also offer resume, job searching, and interview help. Also, the festival, which is free, is collecting canned goods for Louisville Dare to Care.
For many, the most exciting event of the weekend will be the Naturalization Ceremony, where hundreds of people will take their citizen’s oath. About 300 people will become U.S. citizens at a ceremony held on Friday in Kentucky Center’s Bomhard Theater.
WorldFest 2012 promises fun, but is also relevant to Louisville today. Half of the city’s population growth over the last few years has come from immigrant growth. Children in Louisville schools speak hundreds of languages at home. Even as new immigrants become part of our city, they always remember their roots. WorldFest 2012 brings it home what those roots are.