Festival highlights in 2015 include: 

  • Same Boat — a Semi-Symphonic Roving Street Song for Brass Band, Large Puppet Boat, and Cleveland’s Cultural Gardens,  a commissioned site-specific musical and visual traveling performance created by Daniel McNamara, with musical inspiration from Slovak, Italian, Greek, Ukrainian, Lithuanian and Croatian folk traditions;
  • The world premiere of Passing Storm, written and directed by local musician and artist, Sheela Das, in which a local group of novice and experienced performers takes the audience on a journey where they experience the calm, the growing storm, the passing of it, and finally solitude;
  • Change Your World by David Rosen — a multinational, multicultural and polylingual performance inspired by Gandhi’s famous saying, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world”;
  • A bevy of belly-dancers accompanied by a giant drum circle featuring James Onysko, Dylan Moffett, and Baba Jubal;
  • Bike Cleveland Cultural Quest — a scavenger hunt via bike through the gardens, with those who complete the hunt eligible for a raffle of major prizes


Visitors will be thrilled with the number and variety of performers and  buskers displaying their talents in a spectacular sylvan urban setting including:

  • Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, the celebrated group of African-American performance poets, ages 8-18, now touring internationally;
  • Great Lakes Light Opera performing La Vida Breve (one-act Spanish opera) and Alice’s Adventures in Operaland (for children)
  • Les Royales, led by Albanian pop rocker Dolinar Spahija
  • Donauschwäbische Blaskapelle, Cleveland’s original German brass band
  • Kultura Filipiniana Dance Troupe
  • Vernon Jones Blues Cartel
  • World-class classical sitar musician Hasu Patel
  • Cleveland’s top martial arts group, Capoeira Brasil
  • R&B group Dr. E, featuring the silky vocals of Dr. Elaine Richardson
  • Aerial artists Jasmine Dragons and magician Rick Smith Jr. and more will interact with attendees throughout the Festival
  • Miguel Cuni Jr. of Chappottin y sus Estrellas, Cuban artists bringing a special blend of high-energy jazz fusion salsa, will close the main stage
Contact Info
For more information regarding volunteering, applying to be a vendor or a performer, signing up for sporting events, or the Festival in general, please email us at contact@clevelandworldfestival.com

James Levin, Executive Director

Randi Cone, Public Relations


Donations can be mailed to:

Famicos Foundation
1325 Ansel Rd
Cleveland, OH 44106

Please include "Cleveland World Festival" on the memo line on the check.