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Weve rearranged the layout in order to make it more erse and more accessible, Cherry said. By mixing music and art together we make a better gumbo.

The Evanston World Arts and Music Festival transformed the Arrington Lakefront Lagoon at Dawes Park into a global village over the course of the twoday festival July , .

Main Stage performances at the July festival mixed n vorites, like Funkadesi, with a rich cultural lineup that included the Hklea Academy of Polynesian Arts, Radio Free Honduras, Muntu Dance Theatre, the Alma Afrobeat Ensemble and others.

Fair Trade booths like Minouchic Boutique Resale of Evanston, first on left, featured handmade products from Haiti July , at the World Arts and Music Festival in Evanston Gina Grillo / Pioneer Pres

Kine Gueye, left, showcases African art to Diane Cloherty of Des Plaines July , at the World Arts and Music Festival in Evanston. Gina Grillo / Pioneer Press

Look around, said Evanston recreation manager Kenneth Cherry, this event is Evanston. we are all about community and culture and ersity, that is just who we are.

Nalky Gilot of Minouchic Boutique Resale of Evanston featured handcrafted items from Haiti and said that the business participates in the festival every year.

The Evanston World Arts and Music Festival transformed the Arrington Lakefront Lagoon at Dawes Park into a Global Village earlier this month for the twoday event billed as a celebration of world cultures, arts, music and ersity.

Food vendors like Babushkas Polish Food, Mt. Everest Restaurant and Cocina Azteca highlighted the festivals eclectic assortment of ethnic re.

We always like to be able to reach out to a new audience, Gilot said, this is a mily business for us, and bringing in ir trade is a rewarding way for us to give back to the global community.

The Evanston World Arts and Music Festival transformed the Arrington Lakefront Lagoon at Dawes Park into a global village over the course of the twoday festival July , . Gina Grillo / Pioneer Press

According to its website, the city of Evanston has presented the annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival since . The event was reimagined and in was renamed the World Arts and Music Festival. But organizers say it continues the tradition of celebrating the ersity of Evanstons rich and thriving community.

Built around a traditional Worlds Fair paradigm event organizers invited attendees to travel the world through the parks culture stations based on world geography, from Europe to Asia to Africa and beyond.

Michelle Tompkins, recreation program coordinator, said this is the second year of the revamped festival which has grown in importance to the North Shore community, attracting close to , over the weekend event last year.

World arts and music fest in Evanston featured ecclectic lineup of food, crafts and culture

According to Cherry, city organizers wanted to open things up this year to create even greater ersity in vendors and performances.

Organizers say this annual celebration of cultural ersity enticed visitors with a myriad sensory experiences from listening to and dancing to world music featured on two stages, to sampling culinary delights from over food vendors, to visiting the Family Activity tents to learn about global ersity through milyfriendly crafts.

Radio Free Honduras performed on the Main Stage July , at the World Arts and Music Festival in Evanston. Gina Grillo / Pioneer Press

Radio Free Honduras performed on the Main Stage July , at the World Arts and Music Festival in Evanston.

Kine Gueye, left, showcases African art to Diane Cloherty of Des Plaines July , at the World Arts and Music Festival in Evanston.

Fair Trade booths like Minouchic Boutique Resale of Evanston, first on left, featured handmade products from Haiti July , at the World Arts and Music Festival in Evanston