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2024 Cleveland Asian Festival
2024 Cleveland Asian Festival
The 2024 Cleveland Asian Festival was a rousing success. Almost 50,000 people attended the annual 2 day festival that included performances, food, cultural displays, health screenings, games, kids and family activities and more.

Cleveland Asian Festival Indian dancers


There were traditional and modern performances on two stages. There was something for everyone. Younger people really liked the Asian Pop Dance Competition. Plenty of martial arts on the second stage. And so on.

See photos and videos on the Main Cleveland Asian Festival Page

You can also go directly to the following pages:

Cleveland Asian Festival People Page

Cleveland Asian Festival Food Page

Cleveland Asian Festival Organizations Page

Cleveland Asian Festival Volunteers Page

Kwan Family Lion Dance at Cleveland Asian Festival
Kwan Family Lion Dance at Cleveland Asian Festival
The Kwan Family Lion Dance Team has performed the traditional Chinese lion dance for over forty years. The annual Cleveland Asian Festival was held on May 18 and 19, 2024 and attracted almost 50,000 attendees. Each year the Kwan Family Lion Dance Team opens the festival with a performance.

Kwan Family Lion Dance Team at the 2024 Cleveland Asian Festival

Kwan Family Lion Dance


See photos and video of the Kwan Family Lion Dance
Fei-Yang Chinese Dance Group at Cleveland Asian Festival
Fei-Yang Chinese Dance Group at Cleveland Asian Festival
The Fei-Yang Dance Group performed a traditional Chinese dance at the 2024 Cleveland Asian Festival.

Fei-Yang Chinese Dance Group at 2024 Cleveland Asian Festival

Fei-Yang Chinese Dance Group


See photos and video of Fei-Yang Chinese Dance Group
Korean Couture: Generations of Revolution
Korean Couture: Generations of Revolution
The Cleveland Museum of Art ehibition Korean Couture: Generations of Revolution> tells a compelling story about the history of Korean couture fashion and its transformative legacy.

Korean Couture: Generations of Revolution banner at Cleveland Museum of Art


Ranging from 17th-century excavated aristocratic garments to contemporary Korean couture from leading and emerging Korean fashion designers, the exhibition allows visitors to explore the rich tradition of Korean dress. Featuring more than two dozen works and accompanying ephemera, it highlights the ways Korean artists and designers use fashion to elevate and challenge aspects of traditional Korean culture, while empowering contemporary designers to invent a new artistic language. Unique in its presentation, this international loan exhibition serves as a model for future shows celebrating global fashion at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA).

Korean Couture at Art Museum


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Fun with Maps - Jersey, Guernsey and the Channel Islands
Fun with Maps - Jersey, Guernsey and the Channel Islands
In this episode of Fun with Maps, host Dan Hanson talks about the Channel Islands - especially the two largest islands: Jersey and Guernsey. The English Channel is the busiest shipping area in the world. Though small and not very populous the strategic location of these islands in the English Channel between France and the UK have made them very important throughout history - most recently in the Second World War when the German Nazi's occupied them. They are not parts of the United Kingdom but Crown dependencies. We look at what that means as well as what their official title as Bailiwick means.

It's fun that the people of the four main Channel Islands have animal nicknames - toads, donkeys, crows and rabbits. We explain why in the video. There are also connection to some famous people such as Les Miserables author Victor Hugo and Irish singer Gilbert O'Sullivan.

Of course we explain the connection between the island of Jersey and the US state of New Jersey. And, yes, we take a look at the Jersey and Guernsey cows!



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The Oak in Lithuania
The Oak in Lithuania
The Cleveland Lithuanian Folk Dance Group "Svyturys" will be dancing at the 100th Lithuanian Song and Dance festival taking place July 4-6 2024 in Vilnius, Lithuania. The theme of the festival is "Let the forest be green." Long before Christianity, the Oak in Lithuania represented strength and wisdom and a powerful image of sacred value. Today Oak trees decorate the country as beautiful life forms. Oak trees are being planted in Lithuania and in various cities around the world by attendees of the festival as a symbol of unity.

On May 5, 2024, an Oak tree was planted in the Cleveland Lithuanian Cultural Garden on Martin Luther King Drive. The oak tree will beautify the garden and will remind the future generations that youth from Cleveland participated in the 100th Anniversary of the Lithuanian Song and Dance Festival in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Attendees planting the oak tree


See more pictures of the Oak tree planting
Polish Constitution Day Parade
Polish Constitution Day Parade
The Polish American Congress Ohio Division hosted its 74th Constitution Day Parade on Sunday May 5, 2024.

Polish Constitution Day Parade 2024 in Parma Ohio


Photos and video of the Polish Constitution Day Parade
Polish Constitution Day Program
Polish Constitution Day Program
The Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791 was the first constitution to follow the 1788 ratification of the United States Constitution. May 3 was restored as an official Polish holiday in April 1990, after the fall of communism. The Constitution of May 3, 1791 is considered one of the most important achievements in the history of Poland. The May 3 anniversary of its adoption has been observed as Poland's most important civil holiday since Poland regained independence in 1918. Its importance for the Polish people has been compared to that of July 4th to Americans.

Rev. Eric Orzech and Grand Marshal Ewa Wiechec

Rev. Eric Orzech and Grand Marshal Ewa Wiechec


Photos and video of the Polish Constitution Day Program
Polish Constitution Day Entertainment
Polish Constitution Day Entertainment
North Coast Mix got the crowd dancing with polkas and there were cultural performances from the PIAST Polish Artistic Folk Song and Dance Ensemble and students from the Henry Sienkiewicz Polish School.

Youngsters from Henryk Sienkiewicz School recited poems in Polish

Henryk Sienkiewicz School students

PIAST Polish Artistic Song and Dance Ensemble dance

PIAST dancers


Photos and videos of the Polish Constitution Day Entertainment
Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Cleveland International Hall of Fame
The largest annual gathering (sold out at 500 people with a waiting list) of Cleveland's ethnic leaders and grassroots gathered Tuesday April 23 at Windows on the River for the 14th annual Cleveland International Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.

2024 Cleveland International Hall of Fame class picture


The 2024 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame consists of:
  • Dona Brady (Albanian heritage)
    who was inducted by Cleveland City Councilman Michael Polensek.

  • Ambassador Edward Crawford (Irish)
    who was inducted by Irish Ambassador to the United States Geraldine Byrne Nason.

  • Veronica Dahlberg (Mexican and broader Hispanic)
    who was inducted by Cleveland City Councilwoman Jasmin Santana.

  • Dr. Eugene Jordan (African-American)
    who was inducted posthumously Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr.

  • Erika Puussaar (Estonian)
    who was inducted by Estonia´s Ambassador to the United States Mr. Kristjan Prikk

  • Johnny K. Wu (Chinese and broader Asian)
    was inducted by Margaret W. Wong.

Click on the names (above) to go to a page with the photos and videos of that person's induction. Below is a video of the entire evening taken by TV20 professionals Dan Monroe and Raulston Douse. Thanks guys.




2024 Induction Ceremony Main Page

People Page at the Hall of Fame. Who do you recognize?

Libation, Sponsors, Attending Inductees, etc.

Dona Brady Induction

Ambassador Edward Crawford Induction

Veronica Dahlberg Induction

Dr. Eugene Jordan Induction

Erika Puussaar Induction

Johnny K. Wu Induction

CIHF 2024 Class

Congratulations Class of 2024



Albert Ratner - Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Albert Ratner - Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Albert Ratner had a 66-year career at Forest City where he grew the company from a lumber supply company to a construction company to a home improvement retailer to a real estate development company. Forest City spearheaded the redevelopment of the Halle Building, which it purchased in 1982, and Tower City, which opened in 1990. It became publicly-traded in 1960, an $8.2 billion corporation that develops, owns and manages residential and commercial properties across the country. Its national portfolio now includes 32 retail centers, 36 office buildings and 115 apartment buildings.

He has always been interested in, and has become an expert in, population and immigration topics. He led the creation of Global Cleveland in 2011. He was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in 2011 and has given several keynote addresses at their induction ceremony. Unable to attend the 2024 induction ceremony in person he created this short video with his perspective and advice on population and immigration.



Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Cleveland International Hall of Fame - SOLD OUT
Cleveland International Hall of Fame - SOLD OUT
Since 2010 the Cleveland International Hall of Fame has recognized people who have made significant and lasting contributions to our multicultural city and region. An annual induction ceremony takes place to both honor the deserving inductees and to inspire a new generation of leaders.

The 2024 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame will be inducted on Tuesday April 23, 2024 at Windows on the River. The event is SOLD OUT with almost 500 people attending!

Over 90 worthy candidates were submitted to be considered. Previous inductees of the CIHF were asked for input and a committee worked hard to whittle that number down to the 6 in the 2024 Class. And what a Class it is!

2024 Class of CIHF


  • Dona Brady (Albanian)
  • Ambassador Edward Crawford (Irish)
  • Veronica Dahlberg (Mexican and broader Hispanic)
  • Dr. Eugene Jordan (posthumous) (African-American)
  • Erika Puussaar (Estonian)
  • Johnny Wu (Chinese and broader Asian)

Wow! Congratulations to the Class of 2024!

Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Africa & Byzantium - Cleveland Museum of Art
Africa & Byzantium - Cleveland Museum of Art
The new exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Africa & Byzantium, considers the complex artistic relationships between northern and eastern African Christian kingdoms and the Byzantine Empire from the fourth century CE and beyond.

Africa and Byzantium exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art


The first international loan exhibition to treat this subject, the show includes more than 160 works of secular and sacred art from across geographies and faiths, including large-scale frescoes, mosaics, and luxury goods such as metalwork, jewelry, panel paintings, architectural elements, textiles, and illuminated manuscripts.

Diptych with Twelve Apostles and Saint Paul, c. 1700 - Ethiopia

Diptych with Twelve Apostles
and Saint Paul, c. 1700 - Ethiopia


See photos and video and more from Africa and Byzantium
Fun with Maps - Byzantium
Fun with Maps - Byzantium
The Byzantine Empire (Byzantium), also referred to as the Eastern Roman Empire, was the continuation of the Roman Empire centered in Constantinople during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Three centuries after the pharaohs of ancient Egypt ended their rule, new African rulers built empires in the northern and eastern regions of that continent. Spanning from the Empire of Aksum in present-day Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Yemen to the Christian kingdoms of Nubia in present-day Sudan, these complex civilizations cultivated economic, political, and cultural relationships with one another.

During most of its existence, the empire remained the most powerful economic, cultural, and military force in the Mediterranean world.

This episode shows a lot of maps of Byzantium at different dates to show how it grew and then was reduced to nothing. We also show some maps and items from the Cleveland Museum of Art's newest exhibition called Africa & Byzantium. It consists of nearly 160 works of secular and sacred art from across geographies and faiths.

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French Cultural Garden Ribbon Cutting
French Cultural Garden Ribbon Cutting
French American Chamber of Commerce board members and other guests visited the site of the French Cultural Garden for an official ribbon cutting ceremony on April 7, 2024.

French Cultural Garden official ribbon cutting

French Cultural Garden official ribbon cutting


The event included speeches from the Garden leaders, architect and more telling about the past, present and future of the French Cultural Garden.

Photos and videos of the presentations and ribbon cutting

Scottish Tartan Day in Scottish Cultural Garden
Scottish Tartan Day in Scottish Cultural Garden
Members of the Scottish Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio hosted their first annual Tartan Day celebration on April 6, 2024.

Scottish Cultural Garden group photo

Tartan Day group photo


There were games (versions of golf, tam throwing, caber toss, etc.), food and of course bagpipe music. Watch this short video of Scotland the Brave by Bruce Greig.



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Monet in Focus at the Cleveland Museum of Art
Monet in Focus at the Cleveland Museum of Art
Monet in Focus features five paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet, created during the latter half of the artist’s life when he fully immersed himself in capturing the momentary effects of light and atmosphere on his subjects. The "Monet in Focus" exhibit includes five Monet paintings.

Heather Lemonedes Brown, CMA curator of modern European art

Heather Lemonedes Brown,
CMA curator of modern European art

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Homeless Jesus - Matthew 25 Statue Collection in Cleveland
Homeless Jesus - Matthew 25 Statue Collection in Cleveland
Cleveland is only the second city in the world, following Rome, Italy, to have the full collection of all six bronze figures in the Matthew 25 Collection created by Canadian artist, Timothy Schmalz.

The Bible verse of Matthew 25 says, "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me … Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me" Here is a very quick look at all 6. The sculptures are sponsored by Community West Foundation and are located on the near west side of Cleveland:

  • Homeless Jesus - St. Malachi Parish
  • When I Was Naked - Malachi House
  • When I Was Sick - Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital
  • When I Was in Prison - Bridge CLE (formerly Family Ministry Center)
  • When I Was a Stranger - The Refugee Response at Urban Community School
  • When I Was Hungry and Thirsty - Old Stone Church
You can see more and precise locations at https://www.communitywestfoundation.org/matthew25collection.

Here is a quick video look at all 6.



See photos of all 6 figures
Fun with Maps - Canada
Fun with Maps - Canada
In this episode of Fun with Maps, host Dan Hanson looks at the 2nd largest country in the world - Canada. Canada is huge and diverse and many of its cities, provinces, territories, rivers, lakes, etc. would be good topics for future Fun with Maps episodes but this episode concentrates on one area - showing the 10 provinces and 3 territories of Canada.

The 10 provinces are Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan. The three territories are Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.



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Murder in the Cultural Gardens
Murder in the Cultural Gardens
"It just didn't seem right to DJ. A body found bludgeoned in a place known for "Peace through Mutual Understanding." But there she was, crumpled behind a bust of composer Franz Liszt in the Hungarian Cultural Garden. He pulled out his cell phone and dialed 911. "What is the nature of your emergency?" the dispatcher queried. With a suddenly very dry mouth DJ managed to get out, "There's been a murder in the Cultural Gardens."

That's the beginning of the recently published first novel by Dan Hanson.

Murder in the Cultural Gardens book cover - Franz Liszt statue


The whodunit, titled Murder in the Cultural Gardens, takes place in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and all 30+ gardens are featured during the mystery. You may even recognize some of the characters.



Click the link above to learn more or to purchase in paperback or Kindle version from Amazon. Or contact Dan via the Murder in the Cultural Gardens webpage to have a signed book delivered.

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Cleveland's Ethnic Diversity on Display
Cleveland's Ethnic Diversity on Display
Cleveland is a diverse city with about 120 distinct ethnic heritages represented. We at ClevelandPeople.com and the Cleveland International Hall of Fame believe that this ethnic diversity makes us a much richer city and that we should all celebrate this fact.

We asked people from various ethnic groups to create a tile representing their heritage. These 3 quilts are a product of that effort. We hope that other ethnic groups will want to add their own tile to these patchworks showcasing our ethnic diversity.

Cleveland ethnic diversity quilts

The quilts are available for loan to ethnic museums and organizations and for special events. See more about the ethnic heritage display

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Welcome to Cleveland
Welcome to Cleveland



Members of the Stabrova Youth Ballet
welcome you to Cleveland


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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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