The annual Gilbert Global Village Festival is held in April in Gilbert, Arizona. This International Festival is a multi-cultural event which is designed so people can learn more about life in other countries. Admission to Gilbert Global Village is free for this one day event.
The Gilbert Global Village is an International Festival which enables people from Gilbert and nearby communities to learn about culture, art, food, customs and religion from all over the world.
Gilbert’s Human Relations, Culture and Arts Promotion Commission is one of the organizations that works to put on this International Festival. Gilbert Sister Cities and Gilbert Public Schools work with the Commission. Gilbert’s sister cities are Leshan, China and Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland.
The first Gilbert Global Village Festival was held in 2005. The International Festival is not funded by the town. The festival is run by volunteers. Staff from Gilbert’s Community Services Department helps to recruit volunteers for the Gilbert Global Village.
Ethnic food, art, dance and music are highlighted during the International Festival. Food and beverages from all over the world are available at Gilbert Global Village. Visitors can buy art from many different countries. Artists give demonstrations. Dance demonstrations are performed at this International Festival. Performers sing and play music from around the world. Sports from different parts of the world are demonstrated at Gilbert Global Village.
This International Festival has an International Bazaar where crafts, jewelry and clothing from different parts of the world can be purchased. There are hands-on crafts for children. Explore-a-Nation teaches people about the culture and customs of other countries. The World Religion tent has representatives from many religions available to answer questions.
Students in Gilbert’s public schools make educational projects which are displayed in the Gallery of Global Learning. Children in traditional costumes carry flags from different countries during the Parade of Nations.
The Gilbert Global Village International Festival is an exciting way to learn about international culture.
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