With the Hustle and bustle of a stampede in Calgary rear view mirror. We now have some time to catch our breath and look forward to what August has to offer. One of my favorite events I look forward to in August is GlobalFest.
GlobalFest is an annual cultural celebration in Calgary, Alberta. The festival has been held every August since 2003 and is organized by The Calgary Fireworks Festival Society. GlobalFest consists of different components: the OneWorld Festival and the International Fireworks Festival.
In the early years, GlobalFest featured cultural pavilions scattered throughout Calgary, usually in various community halls. The pavilions would often include ethnic food, displays, and entertainment. Cultural Pavilions included themes from Africa, Hispanic America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Francophone, India, Italy, Mexico, Scotland, Ukraine, and Vietnam.
In 2007, the pavilions were grouped together for the first time at Penbrooke Meadows Community Association and were visited by over 10,000 GlobalFest patrons.
The cultural organizations are also provided the opportunity to present their nations’ foods in separate food kiosks, located adjacent to the OneWorld Village.
GlobalFest patrons can now enjoy the OneWorld Festival in conjunction with the International Fireworks Festival each evening at the same location in Elliston Park. Cultural stages will feature music, dance, and other artists presented by the cultural pavilion organizers within the OneWorld Village. The Calgary Foundation Centennial stage will also be presenting various artists to those patrons on the south side of Elliston Park. A third stage has been added to the site located in the OneWorld Cafe and International Bar. The Cafe stage will provide entertainment nightly prior to the fireworks as well as for an hour following the fireworks presentation.