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India Republic Day
India Republic Day
The Federation of India Community Associations of Northeast Ohio (FICA) hosted an event to celebrate the 66th Republic Day of India.

Sanjay Garg recived the 2105 FICA Volunteer of the Year Award and Dan Hanson received the 2015 Friend of Indian Community award.

Sanjay Garg and Dan Hanson with awards

Sanjay Garg and Dan Hanson


Lots of photos and videos coming soon.

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Adventure to Greece
Adventure to Greece
The ClevelandPeople.Com Food Adventurers travelled to Greece to sample Greek food, drink, music and culture.

One of the highlights was a Greek Zeibekiko Dance Song played by Kosta Revelas on a tetrachordo (four pairs of strings) bouzouki.

The adventure was at the Mad Greek Restaurant in Cleveland Heights. People who enjoy trying different foods and learning about different cultures participate in the Food Adventurer's group. Learn more about the Food Adventures.



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Cleveland International Hall of Fame - 2015 Class
Cleveland International Hall of Fame - 2015 Class
The Cleveland International Hall of Fame is proud to announce the 2015 Class. The 2015 Class was selected with the input of the previously inducted members from almost 150 nominees.

The 2015 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame consists of (alphabetical order):

  • Shiv Aggarwal
  • Richard Ganim
  • Steve Mulloy (posthumous)
  • Bishop Anthony Pilla
  • Richard Pogue
  • Dick Russ
  • Judge José A. Villanueva

The induction ceremony will be on Wednesday April 29, 2015 in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott at Key Center.

More information on the inductees and the Cleveland International Hall of Fame ceremony will be available soon. You can order tickets, sponsorships and ads in the collector's edition program book now by contacting Debbie at deb@clevelandpeople.com or directly at 216-406-6594.

Congratulations to these very worthy inductees.

More on the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

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ICC-WIN Holiday Diversity Party
ICC-WIN Holiday Diversity Party
The 5th annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity was held in the atrium of the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center on December 17, 2014. The event was put on by the International Community Council-Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) in conjunction with the office of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

84 different countries were represented - a true testament to Cleveland's diversity.

ICC-WIN Board Members Pierre Bejjani, Laura Fruscella, Mehmet Gencer, Dan Hanson, Ken Kovach, Lisa Wong and Mari Galindo with Kathy and Anjan Ghose

ICC-WIN Board Members Pierre Bejjani, Laura Fruscella, Mehmet Gencer,
Dan Hanson, Ken Kovach, Lisa Wong and Mari Galindo
with Kathy and Anjan Ghose


9 pages of photos and videos of the event

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International Fashion Show
International Fashion Show
One highlight of the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio was the International Fashion Show. Dozens of countries were represented.

Fashion of Lebanon

Fashion of Lebanon

3 pages of photos and videos of the International Fashion Show

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Doing Business with India
Doing Business with India
Ariel International Center, Consulate General of India, NY and Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) hosted a reception to meet with Honorable Dr. Manoj Kumar Mohapatra, Deputy Consul General of India, New York to hear about the latest Opportunities for US Companies interested in Investing or Doing Business with India given the liberalized business climate with the recent landslide election victory for the business minded Prime Minister, Mr. Modi.

Radhika Reddy and Dr. Mohapatra

Radhika Reddy and Dr. Manoj Kumar Mohapatra


More from the Doing Business with India event

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Traditional South Indian Karagattam Dance
Traditional South Indian Karagattam Dance
Mahima Venkatesh performed the traditional South Indian Karagattam Dance at the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio.

Mahima Venkatesh performs a traditional South Indian Karagattam Dance

Mahima Venkatesh - Karagattam Dance


More photos and videos of Mahima at the event

Mahima's parents Venky and Sowmya Venkatesh participated in the International Fashion Show which featured traditional costumes of dozens of countries.

Fashions of India - Venky and Sowmya Venkatesh

Venky and Sowmya Venkatesh

Photos and videos of the International Fashion Show

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West African drumming from Guinea
West African drumming from Guinea
The Golden Ciphers performed West African drumming from Guinea at the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio.

Golden Ciphers perform West African drumming from Guinea

Golden Ciphers

More photos and videos of the Golden Ciphers at the event

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Brazilian Samba
Brazilian Samba
Katrina Dubovikova and Damon Cody performed 2 styles of Brazilian Samba at the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio.

Katrina and Damon performing 2 styles of Brazilian Samba

Damon Cody and Katrina Dubovikova

More photos and videos of the Brazilian Samba at the event

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Murphy Irish Dancers
Murphy Irish Dancers
The Murphy Irish Dancers performed traditional Irish dances in soft and hard shoes at the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio.

Murphy Irish Dancers

Murphy Irish Dancers


More photos and videos of the Murphy Irish Dancers at the event

They also participated in the International Fashion Show which featured traditional costumes of dozens of countries.

Fashions of Ireland


Photos and videos of the International Fashion Show

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This is Our Cleveland - ICC-WIN Multicultural Holiday Party
This is Our Cleveland - ICC-WIN Multicultural Holiday Party
The International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) hosted their annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio.

At the end of an international fashion show that featured native costumes from dozens of countries, the models gathered on stage and walked out to the sounds of We are the World. Watch this short video and be inspired.

More photos and videos from the event soon.

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Korean War Veterans Recognition Program
Korean War Veterans Recognition Program
The Korean American Association of Greater Cleveland gathered at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center to honor veterans of the Korean War. They were joined by the Federation of Midwest Korean-American Associations, the National Unification Advisory Council, the Republic of Korea in Chicago as well as the City of Cleveland Ohio.

Sam Kim and Hanna Woo - Korean-American Association

Sam Kim and Hanna Woo - Korean-American Association


Photos and Videos from the Korean War veterans event

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RIP Bishop Pevec
RIP Bishop Pevec
We are sad to report on the passing of the Rev. A. Edward Pevec, auxiliary bishop emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.

Pevec, age 89, was the much beloved son of Slovenian immigrants. He was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in 2013.

See photos and videos of his induction.

Bishop A. Edward Pevec

Bishop A. Edward Pevec

Though saddened by the loss of a great man, we are happy that he is the first person on the Cleveland Living Rosary DVD that includes 200 people (bishops, priests, sisters, lay people) each saying a prayer that when put together completes all 4 mysteries of the Rosary. He also closes the DVD. Learn more and order the Rosary DVD


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We Pray the Rosary - Living Rosary DVD
We Pray the Rosary - Living Rosary DVD
Hail Mary, Full of Grace…

This DVD is a Living Rosary in the sense that over 200 people participated in saying a prayer. 3 bishops, numerous priests and sisters and a variety of lay people all said a prayer (Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary or Glory Be) that when put together combine to form the complete Rosary.

We hope that you will pray along with the diverse group of people on this DVD. They are young and old, different races and ethnicities, in Church and outside, alone and in groups. The prayers are said in English, but occasionally there is a prayer in another language. You may not know the language but will understand, and be able to pray along, because of the context.

  1. American Sign Language
  2. English
  3. Gaelic
  4. German
  5. Hindi
  6. Italian
  7. Konkani
  8. Korean
  9. Lebanese
  10. Polish
  11. Portuguese
  12. Slovenian
  13. Spanish
  14. Swahili

Lourdes Shrine in Cleveland


More about the We Pray the Rosary DVD


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Cleveland's Ethnic Diversity Mapped
Cleveland's Ethnic Diversity Mapped
At ClevelandPeople.Com we have known for years what a diverse and vibrant city Cleveland is. After all, we have covered the events, people, music, food and other cultural traits of over 100 groups that have large communities in the area.

But we wanted a visual representation to demonstrate this to others. And now we have it.

Wait till you read the story of the maps that we had on display at the One World Festival.

Closer map of Europe after Day 1

Zoomed view of Europe Map after first day


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Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Cleveland International Hall of Fame - What a Night!
Over 520 people (many in cultural garb) attended the Cleveland International Hall of Fame dinner ceremony on Monday.

After networking and social time, the attendees were piped into the Grand Ballroom by Pipe Master Bruce Grieg.

It was an amazing and inspiring night. Photos, videos and more will be posted soon.

Inductee Monte Ahuja and UH CEO Tom Zenty

Inductee Monte Ahuja and UH CEO Tom Zenty


Kona Gant (Clan Claus) inducted Margaret Callander

Kona Gant (Clan Claus) inducted Margaret Callander


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Cleveland Non-Violence Pledge
Cleveland Non-Violence Pledge
"As chairman and on behalf of the Hispanic Roundtable, we enthusiastically take the pledge of peace and nonviolence. We are honored to be associated with two of the greatest human beings whoever lived: Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King. Most importantly, we want to be associated with the universal and eternal value of peace and dignity for all human beings, who are all created in God's image.
José C Feliciano

Have you signed the Cyber Wall of Peace and Nonviolence yet?

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Cultural and Ethnic Store
Cultural and Ethnic Store
No matter what your cultural or ethnic background is, you will find products tailored to that group in our On-Line Store.

For example, do you know a Slovenian (or Irish or Polish or Italian or...) Grandma or Grandpa who would love their own Parking Sign? Check it out. Books, DVDs, Music, Flags, Baby Items, Gourmet Foods and much more.

All at great prices and shipped securely from Amazon.com

Please help support ClevelandPeople.Com by shopping in our Online Store.

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 What is Cleveland's greatest asset?
Cleveland People

Sure we love the distinct 4 seasons (most of the time). And we love the great cultural and civic resources such as University Circle, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cultural Gardens, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lake Erie, the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians and so much more.

But it's the people that make Cleveland special. The rich culture, traditions and, of course, food from over 100 ethnic groups makes Cleveland a much richer city.

ClevelandPeople.Com Philosophy

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Welcome to Cleveland

Helping Monika

Over 1,000 of the daily visitors to ClevelandPeople.Com visit from outside the US. The website has been serving as a Virtual Welcoming Center to people from all over the world. We ask the appropriate Ambassador to assist us with specific cases.

For example, we received an e-mail from a visitor named Monika in Poland. The message was in Polish so we asked Polish Ambassador John Borkowski to translate for us.

Basically, Monika is coming to the Cleveland Clinic and is nervous. She doesn't know anyone or the language.

We sent Monika's information to many on our Polish (and other) lists and the response was terrific. Several organizations and individuals will be assisting and welcoming Monika.

What a terrific group of Cleveland People!

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If you want your group's events listed in our Calendar, please send an e-mail to events@clevelandpeople.com with the details. Please allow at least 2 weeks lead time.

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On-line store for browsing and shopping

Do you need a Hungarian Flag? A shirt that says "I love Slovenian girls"? How about a sign that says No Parking except for Irish Grandmother?

These and hundreds of other items for your particular ethnic group are available for browsing at our on-line store. It's safe, fast, easy and fun. And there is a wide selection you will never find in the stores!


What is Cleveland's greatest asset?
Cleveland People Sure we love the distinct 4 seasons (most of the time).

And we love the great cultural and civic resources such as University Circle, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lake Erie, the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians and so much more.

But it's the people that make Cleveland special. The rich culture, traditions and, of course, food from over 100 ethnic groups makes Cleveland a much richer city.

This site serves as a portal to reach the many interesting groups of people that make up Cleveland. While you will want to click on a link of a group that you belong to or are familiar with, why not check out some other groups and see what they have to offer?

If you are from outside the Cleveland area, even outside the US, please contact us to see what our area has to offer you and your family. We think you will be amazed at the opportunities.

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