Beginning in 2010, several community leaders and culturally
focused community organizations discussed the importance of
bringing greater awareness of the value and richness of our
local diversity. The focus was to highlight the
international and ethnic diversity of the city as an
extremely important community asset that can enrich and
enlarge our collective world view.
In 2012, a small committee of cultural community members and
the founding partners that included Asian Services In Action
Inc., International Institute of Akron, Akron International
Friendship, United Way of Summit County, Lock 3 and the City
of Akron, established the first annual celebration of
international cultures, Global Village Festival of Greater
WHAT HAPPENS AT GLOBAL
Relish the avenue of ethnic food and cooking demonstrations
and stroll thru the open market place. Explore interactive
cultural, religious, and holistic health exhibits. Watch or
become part of our live cultural entertainment of authentic
ethnic music, dance and other performances. Grab a free
“Passport”, featuring supportive local businesses and
interactive journey through the Global Village. And don’t
forget to visit the Kids Nation to create cultural crafts,
experience games & other fun activities. Celebrate Summit
County’s history of diversity and ethnic communities.
Celebrate the ethnic and global diversity of the Greater
Akron Area in a family friendly venue.
To unite people from all cultures – Celebrating our
commonalities and differences through performing arts,
music, dance, song authentic, ethnic foods, visual arts,
interactive & educational exhibits and a global marketplace.
2013 THEME: Walking through the looking glass
2012 THEME: We are a global village