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Cleveland International Folk Festival
July 18, 2010
Wade Oval, University Circle

After 20 years, the annual International Folk Festival moved outside. The 21st annual event was held at Wade Oval in University Circle.

The International Folk Festival is sponsored by the International Services Center (ISC) which was established in 1916 as a non-sectarian, private non-profit refugee resettlement and social services agency.

International Services Center ics logo

Executive Director Karin Wishner says "ISC is dedicated to assisting refugees, immigrants and other new citizens in overcoming social, cultural and economic barriers."

Moving the Festival outside was a great success, even on a scorching Sunday in July. Several hundred people visited Wade Oval to hear the music, watch the performers and taste the ethnic foods.

Pipers Mike Slater and Jesse Tucker and drummer Chris Kingsbury of the Cleveland Kiltie Band kicked off the annual International Folk Festival with a march through the grass to the stage.

Pipers Mike Slater and Jesse Tucker and drummer Chris Kingsbury  of the Cleveland Kiltie Band




Ken Kovach and Asim Datta of the International Services Center board served as event MCs.

Ken Kovach as MC

Ken Kovach

Asim Datta as MC

Asim Datta




The sun was so hot that the first performers had to dance on the grass in front of the stage instead of the burning stage material.

Guru Vandana - An invocation to the Gods. Shweta's Kathak students of Tarangini School of Kathak Dance

Shweta's Kathak students of Tarangini School of Kathak Dance

Shweta's Kathak students of Tarangini School of Kathak Dance



See more of the Indian performances at the Folk Festival


The Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers performed next and invited the audience to come on stage and learn some Japanese folk dance steps.

Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers

Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers

In this video, they perform the Sakura (Cherry Blossom) dance



See more of the Japanese performances at the Folk Festival




Next, Alison Jin of the Cleveland Chinese Music Group played the Chinese Zither

Alison Jin on Chinese zither

In this video, Alison plays the Butterfly Lovers, based on the Chinese equivalent of Romeo and Juliet.



See more of Alison Jin at the Folk Festival


This was followed by a folk dance from Nepal. Nepali folk dancers entertained with the Nepali Maruni Naach.


Nepali folk dancers entertained with the Nepali Maruni Naach.



See more of the Nepali performers




American music was next on the bill as Jack Mizenko of the Roots of American Music Association played Woody Guthrie's This Land is Your Land and other folk standards.

Jack Mizenko of the Roots of American Music Association






The next performance was called A Touch of Tartan with young students from the Jenny May School of Highland Dance.

Scottish Highland dancers at Cleveland Folk Festival



Broad Sword dance performed by the award-winning Heather Belles

young student from the Jenny May School of Highland Dance


More performances from the Jenny May School of Highland Dance


Page 2 of the 2010 International Folk Festival includes pictures and videos of groups representing Poland, China, Liberia, Puerto Rico, Russia, India, Japan and Croatia.




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