The second annual Global Fest is coming up and is set to be an even bigger celebration of culture and community this year. The daylong event shares traditions and honors heritage through food, music, art, and play.
For international flavor, food trucks will include Japanese, Belgian, Brazilian, Venezualian and many more tastes. Two 21+ wine and beer gardens will be available, offering Wee Mac Scottish Ale and other fresh local beers from Sun King Brewery, as well as Italian Prosecco and Chilean wine.
The Global Games kid zone, opens up at noon with a giant piñata smash and will be packed full of games, activities, and appearances fit for all ages. Each continent will be represented with a free global scavenger hunt throughout the event and prizes are available for every child who finds all seven. New this year, wristbands for unlimited Global Games will be available for purchase that gives kids the opportunity to participate in activities such as an Indy Eleven soccer clinic, traditional English Shove’ha Penny tabletop game, Swedish Bead Art, bounce houses and Henna tattoos. Additionally, a wide variety of free activities such as the Indianapolis Public Library Book Mobile filled with free books, Flag Wands hosted by the Lavengood Team at the Plat Collective, Pacer Fan Van, friendship bracelet making, the Bubble Guy and much more will fill Global Games as well. A second piñata smash at 8 p.m. will signify the opening of the Global Games After Hours consisting of all free activities geared towards teens like yard Jenga, cornhole, a photo booth and more!
Throughout the day, attendees can learn about different cultures through live performances by INDYKLEZ representing Eastern Europe, Indy Raqs representing the Middle East, the Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance, Bollywood Beats representing India, Freetown Village Singers representing African America, and Latin band Grupo Bembe.
New to this year’s Global Fest, the logo on this year’s T-shirts and souvenir beer steins features the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Global Fest will incorporate a different country into the logo each year. The DRC was chosen this year after CFI 70 students expressed an interest in learning about their African heritage. CFI 70, an Indianapolis Public School benefiting from Global Fest proceeds, has students that represent over a dozen different countries including The DRC.
With art serving as an expression of culture, artist Billie Denton Ray, the in-house designer for Sun King Brewery, created the Global Fest logo incorporating art and symbolism from the DRC. His style is described as “Whimsical Funk” and he draws inspiration from Egyptian, African and Indian cultures.
In the artisan booths, up to 20 globally-inspired artisans will be displaying their work. Highlights include Bali-inspired jewelry and clothing by Sue Wagman, African-inspired paintings by Deonna Craig, and Global natural bath and body products by Lisa Aber.
Pedal and Park will provide secure parking for bikes and strollers, and an air-conditioned room will be available for nursing mothers.
The support of these community businesses through sponsorship plays a big part in the success of this global-themed event: Goedde Sound and Light, Monon Construction Group, Sun King Brewery, First Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church, Green Bean Delivery, Luther Consulting, LLC., Monon Construction Group, The Lavengood Team at Plat Collective, Two Men and A Truck, Berkshire Hathaway Kelley O. Joice, Realtor, C&T Design and Equipment Co., Dickinson Fleet Services, The National Bank of Indianapolis, Newgrange Executive Coaching, Pearson Ford, The Hartford, IU School of Medicine, Butler University, Barnes and Thornburg, LLP, Donavan CPAs, Hilliard Lyons - Matthews /Snyder Wealth Advisory Team, Hilliard Lyons – Lyman A. Snyder, Illinois Street Food Emporium, The Levin Group, Midwest Monument, The Children’s Corner, IUPUI Office of International Affairs, pegg kennedy, Realtor.