On Sunday, September 23, World Music Festival meets the World Dumpling Fest at Navy Pier's Polk Bros Park Performance Lawn to deliver food, culture and international performances from 1 until 7:30 p.m. as part of a special collaboration with Navy Pier, Chicago Cultural Alliance and DCASE. This all-ages event is a day of celebration of our region and world culture you won't want to miss. Stay tuned for full lineup of restaurant, and cultural art vendors coming soon!
International Band Highlights include Jupiter and Okwess led by Jupiter Bokondji, playing the Congolese rhythms, funk and rock referred to as “Bofenia Rock” with lyrics promoting positive social messages; Delgres from Guadeloupe, combining their native Caribbean rhythms with the delta blues for a deep roots sound of their own; and the Zhou Family Band from China, playing traditional wind and percussion music.
The World Dumpling Fest will feature dumplings of the world from 10 neighborhood ethnic restaurants, cultural art vendors and family activities from area cultural heritage museums. This mash-up event is free to the public, but if you want dumplings purchase by visiting ChicagoCulturalAlliance.org/worlddumplingfest
The World Dumpling Fest is produced by the Chicago Cultural Alliance, a 501(c)3 membership organization representing 40 Chicago region cultural heritage museums, centers and historical societies, with a mission to create a more inclusive and culturally vibrant Chicago.
The world will come together from September 7 to 23 at 17 venues across the city for the 20th Annual World Music Festival Chicago. Celebrating diverse music from across the globe, this FREE festival is produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and is the largest festival of its kind in the United States. The full schedule can be found at www.worldmusicfestivalchicago.org
World Music Festival is sponsored by Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Tribune, and Millennium Garages. Grant support for World Music Festival provided by the Chicago Park District, Irish American Heritage Center, National Museum of Mexican Art, and @Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
In line with the City of Chicago’s One Chicago campaign, the World Music Festival reaffirms that Chicago welcomes everyone. The One Chicago campaign is the visual representation of the City’s value promise that everyone is welcome here no matter their race, religion, color or background. Through its imagery and personal stories, the campaign aims to take the negative rhetoric out of the current immigration story and remind Chicagoans that the immigrant story is everyone’s story. And it reinforces that Chicago has been and will continue to be a city that embraces diversity - no matter the political climate. Visit www.onechi.org for more information.