Dancers from Brazil, India, Puerto Rico, Greece, Jamaica, and more, shared traditional dance forms, oral history, and songs—while crafters and jewelers exhibited beautiful hand crafted artisan pieces.
World Festival 2011 was hosted by Washington Party, Neo Encendio, and Martin Leija of 89.1 FM Maxima the sound of Latino music from Sandusky to Cleveland.
Neo Encendio said it was a privilege to be a host for an event that exemplifies people of different backgrounds working together in unity, “As it should be!” He hopes the community will continue to support this event by participating, getting the word out, and attending in the future.
Martin Leija, Project Manager of Maxima, said the radio station has been serving the community for 20 years with mostly Tropical music programming. With project Maxima they are diversifying their sound with Mexican, Latino, and other tunes.
African Soul International Group brought the audience to the dance floor with an interactive dance workshop breaking down the steps for children and adults. The group quizzed members on information and shared the traditions of oral history and importance of music and dance in Africa. The group was founded in 1998 to help the youth in the community. Workshops and classes provide students with proper techniques and foundation of West African Dance.
Cassandra Al Warda exhibited breath-taking control in her belly dance moves and her group Wind and Sand Dance Company performed different styles. She founded the company in 1995 to promote understanding of the dance and Middle Eastern culture and heritage.
World Festival was presented by Ohio Natural Gas and sponsored by KeyBank and Amtrak.