The 25th annual Global Oklahoma is set for Saturday, Sept. 28, 10am- 4pm, on the Rose State Campus.This year's festival will feature the Republic of Korea (the official name of South Korea).
In addition to food and vendors from countries and cultures all over the world, the festival has a cornucopia of entertainment. Among those expected to participate include the a dancing exhibition from the Korean Culture And Language School Of Oklahoma, as well as the Arashi Taiko drummers, renowned guitarist Edgar Cruz, Aalim Bellydance Academy, Hill Irish Dancers, and a host of other entertainers.
Exhibitors include reenactors from the 45th Infantry Division Museum. The division, called the “Thunderbirds” due to the Native American emblem chosen as their insignia, was a unit comprised largely of soldiers from Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico and Arizona, with many Native American Indians among their ranks. The Thunderbirds were one of the main army divisions involved in the Korean War. Other exhibitors include the United Scottish Clans of Oklahoma, Red Earth, the Confucius Institute and the Country Cloggers.
The purpose of the festival is to increase awareness of Oklahoma’s diverse population and educate the public about other countries and cultures. More than 30 countries and cultures are traditionally represented, with more than 4,000 anticipated in attendance. The campus mall is transformed into a global village with a variety of activities for all ages, including cultural and educational exhibits, live entertainment, food vendors, an opening ceremony and Parade of Nations.
For information, contact Donna Syth at 405-736-0201, or visit www.rose.edu/globaloklahoma. Global Oklahoma is held at the Rose State College campus east of downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with free admission and plenty of free parking, just off Interstate 40 at Hudiburg Drive.
Fri, August 30, 2013
by Ben Fenwick