festival
of nations
is back
Tower Grove Park - AUGUST 27-28 2022 - SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI
Tower Grove Park - Saturday 27th 10am - 8pm & Sunday 28th 10am - 6pm
Tower Grove Park - AUGUST 27-28 2022 - SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI

The largest multi- cultural event
of the year

OUR VISION
a diverse, inclusive and thriving community.
An inclusive society – achievable or a dream too far? An inclusive society is a cultural experience. An immersion to diverse cultures that will enrich our lives. It is achieved when we bridge cultures and inspire action. It is not accidental, it is deliberate, in words and deeds.
An inclusive society is a festival – the FESTIVAL OF NATIONS! The Festival of Nations is a deliberate step towards building an inclusive society where all can grow to their fullest potential. A chance to wine and dine, a musical spectacle, a story told, a showcase of the thriving entrepreneurial spirit of this diverse community. An opportunity to engage in cultures other than one’s own, and to enrich each person’s worldview in a meaningful way.
Take action! Create awareness, showcase your culture, and engage in new experiences! An inclusive society is possible when we act. The Festival of Nations is the opportunity.
About the International Institute of St. Louis

The Festival of Nations is hosted each year by the International Institute of St. Louis (IISTL). For over a century, we have welcomed immigrants and refugees from around the world, fostering inclusive growth in the process.
Our mission and vision is to provide opportunities for immigrants and refugees to thrive in order to create a welcoming, prosperous, and healthy region for all. These opportunities span all facets of life: family, health, community, career, culture, and much more. We know that when our neighbors thrive, our region thrives, and when our region prospers, we have even more chances to prosper. Learn more about the International Institute at iistl.org

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Agenda

MAIN STAGE

10:00

Missouri River Cloggers, American/Appalachian

10:30

JOIA: World Percussion, Brazilian/African/Cuban

11:00

OPENING SPEECHES

11:30

Int'l Shaolin Wushu Center - Lion Dance, Chinese

12:00

GSA International Orchestra, Turkish

12:30

Samanvita Kasthuri, Indian

1:00

St. Louis Osuwa Taiko, Japanese

1:30

Aalim Dance Co., Middle Eastern

2:00

Beyond Measure Dance Theater, African Fusion

2:30

Amara Arts, Afro-Brazilian

3:00

Folkloric Group Colombia, Colombian

4:00

Samba Bom, Brazilian

5:00

Spirit of Angela West African Dance & Drums, West African

5:30

Shacko & Akim, Congolese

6:00

Afriky Lolo, African

7:00

Tennille Amor, Trinidadian

7:30

Emmanuel Jal, Sudanese

WORLD MUSIC STAGE

10:00

Gypsy Pearls, Eastern European

10:30

Watan Attan, Afghan

11:30

Shakshuka, Middle-Eastern/Israeli

12:00

Butch Moore, North American Folk

1:00

Mark Biehl World Jazz, Multi-ethnic

2:00

Nights Squad, Iraqi

3:00

Clarkson School of Irish Dance, Irish

3:30

Grupo Canto Nuevo, Andean/South American

4:00

Spirit of Angela West African Dance & Drums, West African

ARTISAN DEMOS

10:00

Friends of Taiwan-Greater St. Louis, Hanji Calligraphy Demo & Workshop
Eritrean Basket Weaving

11:00

Friends of Taiwan-Greater St. Louis, Hanji Calligraphy Children's Crafts with Marvin Moehle

12:00

Macedonian Needlework with Evelyn Moehle Illumination with Cheryl Tefft
Taiwanese Puppet with Showay Chang

1:00

Taiwanese Puppet with Showay Chang
Traditional Bamboo Brush Calligraphy with Eva Huang

2:00

Traditional Bamboo Brush Calligraphy with Eva Huang
Friends of Taiwan-Greater St. Louis, Paper-Cutting Demo & Workshop

3:00

Friends of Taiwan-Greater St. Louis, Paper-Cutting Demo & Workshop
Suzanne Jones, Regalia & Beadwork Display

4:00

Papel Picado with Nelly Patino

5:00

Kaori’s Japanese Calligraphy Demonstration

VILLAGE GREEN

11:45 - 12:15

Salsa with Carmen Gyunn, Dominican/Puerto Rican

12:30 - 1:00

International Folk Dance Association, Romania/Turkey/Hungary

1:00 - 1:30

Beyond Measure Dance Theater, African Fusion

1:45 - 2:15

Aparna Kalyanaraman, Indian

3:15 - 3:45

Linda Chavez Ingold, Philippines

4:00 - 4:30

Njideka Ezenwa Eke, Multi-ethnic/Nigerian

MAIN STAGE

10:00

Tribe Ayaka (Somra ElNubia), African

10:30

St. Louis Modern Chinese School, Chinese

11:00

Grupo Folklorico Panameno, Panamanian

12:00

Zafira STL, Chilean/Argentinian

1:00

Wei Dance, Chinese

1:30

Grupo Atlantico, Caribbean/Oceanic

2:30

St. Louis Cultural Flamenco Society, Spanish

3:00

East St. Louis Community Performance Ensemble, Ghana/Senegal/Mali/Guinea

4:00

CLOSING SPEECHES

4:30

DJ Ranxx Dubtronix Reggae 2023, Jamaican

5:00

FINALE TO 'ONE LOVE' WITH SELECT ARTISTS

WORLD MUSIC STAGE

10:00

Chris Stephens - World Musician

11:00

Sumak Kamari Traditional Dance Group of Ecuador, Ecuadorian

12:00

Dizzy Atmosphere, Romani

12:30

St. Louis Okinawa Eisa, Japanese

1:00

Alma de Mexico, Mexican

1:30

ROOTZdimension, Caribbean/Oceanic

2:30

Acoustik Element, Caribbean/Oceanic

3:30

Choro Guys, Brazilian

4:30

GSA International Orchestra, Turkish

ARTISAN DEMOS

10:00

Clay Pottery Demo & Workshop with Showay Chang

11:00

Clay Pottery Demo & Workshop with Showay Chang
Children’s Crafts with Marvin Moehle

12:00

Macedonian Needlework with Evelyn Moehle
Chinese Calligraphy with Shiao-Yun Huang

1:00

Chinese Calligraphy with Shiao-Yun Huang
Katherine Dickerson / Essence of the Plains Needlework Demo & Regalia Display

2:00

Katherine Dickerson / Essence of the Plains Needlework Demo & Regalia Display Celtic Knots Demo with Cheryl Tefft

3:00

Nigerian Tie-Dye with Njideka Ezenwa Eke

VILLAGE GREEN

11:00 - 11:30

Better Family Life’s Kuumba Youth Performance Ensemble, Western Africa/Caribbean

11:45 - 12:15

Linda Chavez Ingold, Philippines

12:30 - 1:00

Aparna Kalyanaraman, Indian

1:15 - 1:45

International Folk Dance Association, Romania/Turkey/Hungary

2:00 - 2:30

Aalim Dance Co., Middle Eastern

2:45 - 3:15

Salsa Lessons with Carmen Gyunn, Dominican/Puerto Rican

3:30 - 4:00

Our Lady of Guadalupe Dance Ministry with Lizett Mata, Latin American

4:15 - 4:45

Grupo Atlantico with Carmen Dence, Colombian

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