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26th Annual West Lafayette Global Fest

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Sat, Sep 18 / 3:30 pm

Global Fest is back for 2021 with world cuisine, culture, dance, arts, and music. The main stage features Iraqi maqams from The Rahim AlHaj Trio, a body moving mixture of contemporary funk and Brazilian forró from Nation Beat, and a fusion of fiery Bomba with folkloric guaracha and salsa from Los Hacheros.

West Lafayette’s acclaimed international flavor gets its rightful spotlight back as the 2021 Global Fest returns to street-festival mode with cuisine, culture and crafts from around the world. A tradition of international celebration, the West Lafayette Global Fest enjoyed record-setting attendance in 2019, with global music and dance, a craft market, educational workshops, craft beers and culinary highlights from around the world. All of that is back for 2021 with three main stage performances featuring The Rahim AlHaj Trio playing Iraqi maqams on the oud and santour, followed by a body moving mixture of contemporary funk and Brazilian forró from Nation Beat, and a fusion of fiery Bomba with folkloric guaracha and salsa from Los Hacheros. The return of this all-out dancing-in-the-streets party will mark 26 years of Global Fest and serve as a jubilant expression of this global village that is our home.

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Main Stage Performance Schedule

3:30pm  – gates open

3:40pm – Boiler Bhangra

4:00pm – McGovern Irish Dancers

4:30pm – Purdue Chinese Performing Arts Troupe

5:30pm – Rahim AlHaj Trio

7:00pm – Nation Beat

9:00pm – Los Hacheros

Pop-up Performances

4:25pm – Lion/Dragon Parade

5:15pm – Okinawa Yuyukai

6:40pm – Okinawa Yuyukai

6:50pm – Lion/Dragon Parade

Additional support for Global Fest:

Indiana Arts Commission | Skillman Corporation | The Veridus Group | West Lafayette Parks and Recreation
Purdue University Honors College | Wessler Engineering, Inc. | Sunbelt Rentals | West Lafayette Public Library
DeFouw Automotive | MBAH Insurance | Purdue Black Cultural Center | Purdue Latino Cultural Center | Purdue Asian American and Asian Resource Cultural Center
Bowen Engineering | Friends of Convocations Endowment