On September 24, 2016, the City of Irvine will become home to a bustling, multi-cultural festival filled with food and activities from around the world. Now in its 15th year, the Irvine Global Village Festival offers international dining, vibrant performances and interactive activities, including a pre-event “Walk for Unity” hosted by The Tiyya Foundation. With so many intriguing and educational features, it’s no wonder this festival is Irvine’s most attended community event year after year!
Established in 2001, the Irvine Global Village Festival was chartered to build relationships between cultures. Over the years, the festival grew in attendance over to nearly 4,000 visitors, prompting the festival’s founders to start the Irvine Multicultural Association. In 2012, the City of Irvine received the Cultural Diversity Award from the National league of Cities for creating engaging programs that facilitate education and promote cultural diversity.
The Tiyya Foundation works to support refugees from around the world who are relocating to Orange County. The organization will kick off the day with their 5K “Walk for Unity” designed to celebrate cultural diversity and global harmony. The festival will showcase over 100 performances on five stages, including baile folklórico, Bollywood choreography and Caribbean dance. When it comes to dining, the Irvine Global Village Festival will host an array of foods from around the world. From Japanese takoyaki to Turkish kebabs, there’s something for every foodie to savor.
Guests looking for a souvenir can stop by the International Marketplace. This popular festival destination is full of unique artwork, textiles and gifts from local, regional and international vendors. As visitors explore the grounds, they will find international art exhibits, artifacts and costumes. For guests with children, the Irvine Village Festival will offer a Kids Village featuring kid-friendly music, dance, crafting, games and snacks.
At the forefront of the festival is the Community Partners Pavilion where guests can hear about upcoming cultural programs hosted by nonprofit organization, government agencies and community groups. To further the educational component of the festival, there will also be a World Religions tent where attendees can learn more about local faith-based organizations.
The Irvine Global Village Festival is set to be held from 10am-6pm at Bill Barber Park. This is a FREE event. For more information, visit the festival’s website.