Global Ties Akron is hosting the Exploring the World Through Stories Festival, which will help bring multicultural education to life usingcultural storytelling, books, activities, food trucks and dance.
The event takes place Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s Main Library, and celebrates multicultural stories, performances and activities from around the globe.
The celebration, free and open to the community, includes interactive, hands-on experiences through which students and families may explore world cultures with authentic cultural exhibits, stories and book readings, music, art, dance, storytelling, puppets and world languages. A schedule of performances will take place throughout the day on both the indoor auditorium stage and outdoor main street stage.
Local partners and presenters include: the dancers of Proyecto Raices, The Confucius Institute– Gateway to China activities, Egyptian community, Sho Jo Ji Japanese dancers, Latin Guitarist Victor Samalot, Copali Music Steel Drum, MacNamara Academy Irish Step Dance, Hmong Blooming Flower dancers, Shri-kala Mandir Indian dancers, Yoga for kids, Tai Chi for kids, Dance Your Soul, multicultural stories by the International Institute of Akron/ ASIA Inc. and other local community groups, storybooks read in multiple languages and interactive cultural stations.
Fair trade and local cultural artisans will have items for sale and there will be food booths outside. Main Library is located at 60 S. High St. in downtown Akron.
The weekend’s events also will include a classroom field trip on Friday May 13, as students from Crouse, Glover, Case and Findley (Akron Public Schools) and 1st grade classrooms from Nolley Elementary School will come together at the Akron Summit County Public Library (main location) for a full day of activities, including theatrical storytelling by Lindsay Bonilla from A World Of Difference; a puppet show and sing-along on civility and the golden rule by Ventriloquist David W.; theatrical storytelling by Wandering Aesthetics with a story on peace and civility; a visit to a Mongolian Yurt, African drumming and craft activities; China, hosted by The Confucius Institute; and a variety of additional multicultural activities with local cultural presenters.
Also on Friday, May 13, at 6 p.m. are pre-movie lobby activities and stage performance, followed by a 7 p.m. showing of Disney’s “The Lion King” in the library auditorium. The pre-show includes interactive drumming and a performance by West African Performing Artist, Sogbety Diomand, with African Mask Dance and Drumming.