Performers Schedule

2024 World Beat Festival Performance Lineup

= Headliner

Loveness Wesa

June 29, 2024 3:30 PM

Africa and Middle East

A world renowned artist specializing in both dance and music, Loveness Wesa, is originally from Zimbabwe. She has made the United States home for many years, and currently resides in Portland, Oregon. She has been using her talents to bring healing and entertainment to humanity and the world since childhood. Loveness enjoys creating ubuntu, meaning humanity towards others, in a gesture that reaches far beyond her local community. In every individual performance or event that she produces, she seeks to initiate a sense of love, peace and harmony as a way to transform negativity into a healing experience.

Portland Belly Dance Extraordinaire

June 30, 2024 3:45 PM

Africa and Middle East

Belly dancing featuring: Morgan, Atalanta, Sahar, Ahndine, Laylah Jamal, Elinore Eden Edge, Kristen King, Chandni, Mismonsta, Jadeeika, Tahirah, and Sharla.

Nii Ardey Allotey: African Drum Workshop

June 30, 2024 12:00 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

In this workshop, Nii Ardey will bring kpanlogo drums and djembes to teach rhythm and technique. He will also teach the five hand techniques for playing the drum. Nii Ardey will talk about his childhood in Accra, and how he became a dancer and drummer.

Belly Dances of the World by NW Belly Dance Collective

June 29, 2024 7:00 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

Coordinated by Salem's Local NW Belly Dancing Collective, these dancers bring us the Egyptian cane dance, shemadan, Turkish skirt dance, debke, plus American tribal and cabaret-style dances and more.

Parade of Nations

June 30, 2024 4:30 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

The parade originates at the African Village and proceeds through the festival grounds to the Amphitheater, where the amazing Ric Calipayan Dedicatoria will introcuce the represented countries. Wear the national dress of your birth, your forefathers’ land or your adopted country, and join us for this colorful and upbeat parade that embodies the spirit of the festival!

West African Cultural Arts Institute

June 29, 2024 1:30 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

West African Cultural Arts Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit cultural arts organization based out of Eugene, Oregon. WACAI’s mission is to share the joy and passion of Guinean culture through vibrant educational programs focusing on music and dance, advocating for authentic source artists from Guinea and creating charitable projects in Guinea that promote artistic, emotional, and physical health. WACAI’s programs include performances and community outreach events, school residencies and assemblies, and community drum and dance classes. Please check out WACAI at WestAfricanCulturalArts.org and follow on Facebook at West African Cultural Arts Institute and at WACAIOregon on Instagram.

Habiba Addo

June 30, 2024 2:00 PM

Africa/Middle East

Experience the joy, richness and the relevance of West African music and dance from countries such as Senegal, Guinea and Ghana through dance, drumming and traditional call and response songs. Habiba's warm sense of humor and genuine respect for revered African dance traditions guarantee an enjoyable and uplifting experience for all participants. In African cultures stories entertain, inspire and provoke. Some stories remind us to respect and honor our elders while others simply make us laugh! Stories teach right from wrong, remind and educate us about our own world and those worlds far, far away.

Nojeem Lasisi

June 29, 2024 5:15 PM

Africa/Middle East

The Nigerian talking drum has its roots in the Old Oyo Empire. The hourglass-shaped drums are made of wood and goat skin. The drummer is able to produce sounds that mimic the human voice and can alter the tone by applying pressure to leather bands that run between the two drum heads.

Los Tata Keris Alegres de Michocán

June 29, 2024 4:30 PM

Americas

The traditional Danza de Los Viejitos, or “dance of the little old men,” has its origins in Pre-Columbian Purepecha culture. The Purepecha Empire was located in Michoacan and rivaled that of the Aztecs (fun fact: the Purepecha were never conquered by their foes, the Aztecs, and defeated them in battle in the late 1400s.) The dance was created as a ritual to honor the god of fire. The four men represent the four directions of the Universe, North, South, East and West, and the four elements: earth, fire, air, and water.

Ameyalmatzatl Citlatonal

June 29, 2024 10:30 AM

Americas

The Dance represents the eternal search for cosmic harmony and integration, both body and spirit, and all the chants of Aztec Dance ritual refer to this essential process. The Aztec Dance has been referred to as a form of prayer and a total way of life and communication.

David Durosier Haitian Folklore, Dancing & Drums

June 29, 2024 12:15 PM

Americas

Haitian Drumming & Dance Workshop

Salem Rueda de Casino

June 30, 2024 3:00 PM

Americas

Casino was developed in Havana, Cuba in the early 1950s. Casino traces its origin as a partner dance from Cuban Urban Son and Cuban Cha Cha Cha, while very similar to Salsa it is its own dance. Today, Casino De Rueda (Casino Wheel) as a group dance that is danced all over the world including Salem, OR. Our local group is Salem Rueda De Casino.

ENCORE Performing Arts Center

June 30, 2024 1:00 PM

Americas

At Encore, we believe that dance is more than just movement—it's a reflection of our shared humanity and a celebration of the rich tapestry of cultures that make up our world. Through our extensive and one of a kind street style program and our studio style programs we strive to honor the origins of dance by instructing from foundations first. Our instructors are based in culture first and train from that state of mind.

Jim Enemark

June 30, 2024 5:15 PM

Americas

Virtuoso banjo player Jim Enemark brings his high-energy, fun vibes to World Beat!

Corazon Utilitarian Crafts Workshop

June 30, 2024 1:45 PM

Americas - Children's Tent

Daniel and Erika will provide all you need to paint a one-of-a-kind craft. This is limited to the first 30 people who arrive at the tent, so come early to secure a spot!

Savannah & Native Dancers

June 30, 2024 11:15 AM

Americas Village

Traditional Native American dances.

Corazón Utilitary Handcraft Workshop

June 30, 2024 1:45 PM

Americas Village - Children's Activity Tent

Join Daniel and Erika for an all-ages hands-on workshop. This is limited to the first 20 people who arrive at the booth where you will paint an ornament. Originally from Mexico City, Daniel and Erika started Corazón adventures in 2022 in Portland. Their main purpose is to recover crafts appreciation with workshops and utilitarian handcrafts, promoting and sharing proudly the richness of Arts, Culture, and Traditions.

Chervona

June 28, 2024 7:45 PM

Amphitheater

Chervona is a multi-ethnic Eastern European-inspired band from Portland, Oregon, that formed in 2006. They have become known for their old world-inspired music and their highly energetic live shows.

Nii Ardey Allotey & Ekome

June 30, 2024 3:30 PM

Amphitheater

Nii Ardey Allotey, a native of Ghana, began studying traditional dance and drumming at the tender age of 3. He has performed all over the world, from Russia to Japan. Ekome will perform some traditional dances and kpanlogo drumming, will explain the meaning of the songs and dances, and invite the audience to participate and have fun!

Monmouth Taiko

June 29, 2024 11:30 AM

Amphitheater

Monmouth Taiko, based in the Willamette Valley area of Oregon, has been performing for twenty years. They travel around the Pacific Northwest sharing the powerful and charismatic sound of taiko music.

Nupuram

June 28, 2024 9:10 PM

Amphitheater

Nupuram will present a fire dance based on Classical Indian dance Kathak and other folk dances of India.

Ameyalmatzatl Citlatonal

June 30, 2024 11:00 AM

Amphitheater

The Dance represents the eternal search for cosmic harmony and integration, both body and spirit, and all the chants of Aztec Dance ritual refer to this essential process. The Aztec Dance has been referred to as a form of prayer and a total way of life and communication.

Pachanga

June 30, 2024 5:00 PM

Amphitheater

Get up and dance! Pachanga brings a collection of tunes and rhythms from different regions of Latin-American and Caribbean islands and is a presentation of the Afro-Latin sounds and influences that have originated our varied music.

Global Heat & Fraggle Rock Crew

June 29, 2024 8:30 PM

Amphitheater

Global Heat has been called “the best of the Hip Hop, Jazz, R&B, and World Beat styles” [KLEW TV]” and “high-caliber artists” [Coordinator, Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Reno NV]. Soon after forming in Seattle WA, the band was featured at the 2006 Shanghai (China) International Music Festival. By 2009, the band released their first recorded album. In 2011, the group topped more than 50 bands to win the Jammin’ Challenge produced by Seattle Wave Radio and Hard Rock Cafe. In 2015, Global Heat was featured at TRIBE-olution’s show “Parallels in Motion” at the renowned Montbleu Theatre (Lake Tahoe, CA). Global Heat or individual members have worked with Black Eyed Peas, Con Funk Shun, Kanda Bongo Man, New Edition, Roger Fisher (co-founder of Heart), Massive Monkees; and shared billings with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Alan White Band, Baaba Maal, Cee Lo Green (The Voice), Macklemore, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, Jurassic 5, and others.

Oregon Country Line Dance Association

June 29, 2024 1:30 PM

Amphitheater

American style country line dancing!

Portland Kalai Kuzhu

June 29, 2024 5:30 PM

Amphitheater

Portland Kalai Kuzhu (Pronounced as Kulu) is a local Portland based Non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and propagating the cultural arts and culture of the Tamil natives and immigrant community in Oregon. The very name of our organization Portland Kalai Kuzhu signifies the affinity and passion our volunteer Board and participating students and members have to promote and learn the folk and traditional arts from the state of Tamil Nadu, India.

Inna Kovtun

June 28, 2024 6:30 PM

Amphitheater

Inna Kovtun is a leading authority on traditional folk music, performer, cultural ambassador, a master of music, and a guardian of Ukrainian folklore. She is a true luminary in the world of folk music and ethnography. With a Master's in Music and a wealth of experience, she is the driving force behind several musical projects, including the "Rozhanytsya" folk ensemble, international music project ”EDK” and the ethno-rock band "Astarta." Her work has taken her around the globe, sharing the beauty and depth of Ukrainian music with diverse audiences.

Barvinok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

June 29, 2024 2:30 PM

Amphitheater

Barvinok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble performs traditional folk dances from various regions all around Ukraine. It shows the beauty and diversity of the region through the dance itself and the costumes worn for each dance.

Darka Dusty & the Borshch Beatniks

June 29, 2024 3:45 PM

Amphitheater

Darka Dusty is a life-long musician and singer living in Portland, Oregon. A powerful and versatile vocalist, Darka likes to genre-hop from American blues to jazz to country, as well as celebrate the big-voiced “folkloric” singing style stemming from her deep Ukrainian roots. The "Borshch Beatniks" band is a quintet which includes Darka's partner Miri Stebivka on guitar, her sister Natalia K. Burgess on mandolin and tight sisterly harmonies, Bernardo Gomes on double bass, Andrew Alikhanov on clarinet, and Darka Dusty Stebivka as the main vocalist and accordion player. Together they perform a unique variety of songs, including originals, unexpected covers, and Eastern-European, klezmer-tinged melodies. DD and the BBs are equally comfortable playing a well-known country song as they are an ancient Ukrainian song – offering a unique combination of tasty ingredients – which is what a good borshch is all about: There is is an eclectic vibe, whimsy, and joyful, musical celebration at every Darka Dusty & the Borshch Beatniks show.

Jan Michael Looking Wolf and Native Rose

June 29, 2024 4:45 PM

Amphitheater

A special performance by Global Music Award Lifetime Achievement Winning recording artist Jan Michael Looking Wolf and his band Native Rose. Jan is a member of the Kalapuya Tribe who are the first people of the Salem area and much of the Willamette Valley. The music of Native Rose includes a beautiful blend of vocals, Native American Flutes, acoustic guitars, indigenous chants, and Tribal percussion that share an inspirational message of everyone's connection to each other and Mother Earth.

Pascal Bokar's AfroBlueGrazz Band

June 29, 2024 7:00 PM

Amphitheater

AfroBlueGrazz is a celebratory musical group that generates an infectious groove - a fusion of textures and styles drawing from traditional musical genres that includes West African rhythms, melodies, and percussion fused with Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, R&B, and even Gospel. The pinnacle of versatility, talent, and musicianship, Pascal Bokar has made a name for himself in both the national and international music industry. Bokar impresses everyone with his innovative combination of musical styles, culminating into the unique genre of music he calls AfroBlueGrazz. The name derives from combining Afro-Funk, Blues, Bluegrass and Jazz. As a music composer, vocalist, and guitarist, he proudly expresses the musical textures of his Senegalese and Malian roots by including fiddle, balafon, and banjo with his AfroBlueGrazz Band, making a sound completely his own!

Filipino Wedding Dances - GSFAA

June 29, 2024 6:00 PM

Amphitheater

The Greater Salem Filipino-American Association will showcase traditional Filipino wedding dances.

Casa de la Cultura Tlanese

June 29, 2024 12:30 PM

Amphitheater

A non-profit group, Tlanese was established in 2004 to share Mexican culture through dance and to keep traditions alive in the hearts of youth. It has grown and is officially known as Casa de la Cultural Tlanese. The group specializes in traditional dances from different states of Mexico such as Oaxaca, Veracruz, Sinaloa and Jalisco. ¡Viva México!

ArtMax Ensemble

June 30, 2024 2:00 PM

Amphitheatre

Persian Percussion

Oregon Chinese Coalition

June 30, 2024 1:00 PM

Amphitheatre

Dance groups. Their mission: To serve Chinese community with a shared vision and resources. Performances include: Jade Dance Team, Mulan Drum Team, and Phoenix Hanfu Team.

Bagani Kali Combatives

June 29, 2024 2:15 PM

Asia Pacific

Martial Arts

Deepika - Bharatanatyam

June 30, 2024 3:00 PM

Asia Pacific

Bharatanatyam is an ancient cultural dance form of Tamil Nadu in southern India. Originally a temple dance for women, bharatanatyam is often used to express Hindu religious stories and devotions. The dance moved from temples to theaters over time, but has retained its characteristic devotional component, expression of human emotions, and stylized storytelling. The flexibility of the Bharatanatyam framework lends itself well to both traditional themes as well as modern day subjects. Deepika will be dancing for the song, "Bhagya Lakshmi bArammA" – This song is composed by Sri Purandara dasaru, the pitamaha of Carnatic Sangeeta.

Karate 4 Kids

June 29, 2024 11:15 AM

Asia Pacific East

Come and catch the action! You can even participate because EVERYONE can do Karate!

Paradise of Samoa

June 29, 2024 6:15 PM

Asia Pacific East

This non-profit group based in Keizer is comprised of thirty-five members and performs numerous Pacific Islands' dances from Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, and New Zealand. Their costumes are authentic and hand-made, and their show takes you on a very colorful dance tour of the Pacific!

Gamelan Sari Pandhawa

June 30, 2024 3:00 PM

Asia Pacific East

Gamelan is the traditional percussion orchestra of Indonesia. Gamelan Sari Pandhawa plays the music of central Java, a region of the most populous island in the Indonesian archipelago. Music is played on sets of tuned chimes, gongs, xylophones and drums.

Natyavedha Bharatanatyam

June 29, 2024 3:45 PM

Asia Pacific East

Bharatnatyam classical dance

White Lotus Dragon and Lion Dance

June 30, 2024 5:15 PM

Asia Pacific West

White Lotus first came together as a group of inspirational young individuals that wanted a way to not only spread cultural awareness but to make every celebration a memorable one. They perform throughout Portland and the Pacific Northwest for Chinese New Year’s, Lunar New Years, and more.

Philippine Cebuanos & Friends Dance Troupe

June 30, 2024 11:00 AM

Asia Pacific West

The Philippine Cebuanos and Friends Dance Troupe had performed at the WB Festival since its inception under Marisa Newnam’s leadership. After Marisa’s retirement, we continued our mission to promote the Philippine culture through our cultural dances, songs, festivals and food. We made the community of new Filipino Americans aware that Diversity is alive and well in the Philippines as shown by our inclusion of tribal dances , authentic costuming and music of some indigenous Filipino tribes. This year we are performing with our friends from the Oregon State University students. Isang Bansang Pilipino (IBP) is the Filipino Student Association at Oregon State University (OSU). IBP exists for, but not limited to, the Filipino-American and Filipino-International students of OSU. We are open to all who are interested in learning about Filipino culture and history. We strive to educate the OSU community, and other surrounding communities, about Filipino culture through music and dance performances, food presentations, and other workshops discussing Filipino history and identity. Mabuhay!

Indonesia Performing Arts of Oregon

June 29, 2024 1:15 PM

Asia Pacific West

Indonesian Performing Arts of Oregon (IPAO) is an Portland-based Indonesian dance troupe and cultural non-profit organization established officially in 2011. With the motto “Preserve – Share – Celebrate” IPAO has been active in promoting Indonesian cultures through the art of dance performances throughout Southwest Washington and Oregon. IPAO is proud to share and celebrate the richness of Indonesian culture and diversity in various cultural events.

Salem Chinese Golden Willow Dancers

June 29, 2024 10:15 AM

Asia Pacific West

The Chinese Golden Willow Dance Team was formed by a group of local Chinese women in August, 2018. They strive to share Chinese culture through traditional Chinese dances and music with the community.

Hula Halau ‘O Ke Alaula

June 29, 2024 3:00 PM

Asia Pacific West

Under the direction of Leilani Beymer and her alaka’i (assistant) sister Pearl Barido-Perkins & Kealakai Kapuniai-Ryan we opened this hula school in 2014. We are based in Eugene and offer classes in the Albany/Salem area and Sherwood. “Hele ‘ia ka ‘aina, ‘au’ai ‘ia ke kai, a hula pu kaua, ‘oiai lili kaua i ke aloha” (Together we walk the land, swim the ocean, and dance the hula…….together we share our aloha). We strive to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture through olelo (language), mele (song), hula (dance), oli (prayer) & history.

Salem Japanese Bon Dancers

June 30, 2024 12:00 PM

Asia Pacific West

Salem Japanese Bon Dancers is a group of people from the Salem area interested in sharing Japanese culture and traditions with others. They will perform 3 dances; 2 traditional “Bon” dances and 1 Japanese pop dance. Everyone is welcome to join us in these dances!

Black Hat Dance

June 29, 2024 12:30 PM

Asia Pacific West

Guru Rinpoche has performed Lama Dancing in the US for many different occasions including blessing a business, purifying negativity in a city or to assist with protecting an area from harm. Black Hat Dance is performed in temples in Bhutan. The costume consists of a large black hat, felt boots and colorful brocade gown. Black Hat dancers assume the appearance of Yogis who have the power to subdue and re-create life.

Cambodian Dance Troupe of Oregon

June 29, 2024 11:45 AM

Asia Pacific West

Apsara is a dance style that has become synonymous with Cambodian culture. It's famous for the slow and graceful movements known as kbach; hand gestures that tell the story of the natural world. There are over 1,500 different hand and finger movements in Apsara that can express the soul of the Cambodian people. Historically, Apsara has been reserved for royalty and for special occasions such as festivals or ceremonies in order to please the gods or guests. The term ‘apsara’ is derived from Sanskrit which means celestial or water nymph. To strive for the perfection that is Apsara is to flawlessly represent the khmer people by achieving perfect body form that challenges human ability of balance and flexibility in order to convey the heart of our ancestors and become one with nature.

Eugene Bhangra Group

June 29, 2024 4:30 PM

Asia Pacific West

Eugene Bhangra brings this energetic, traditional Punjabi dance form to World Beat!

Ola Elkanah - Headdress Wrapping Demonstration

June 29, 2024 4:30 PM

Cultural Center

The gele is an African head wrap or head tie that has its roots in the Yoruba Tribe in the western African country of Nigeria. African women wear the gele as a sign of cultural reverence and respect at African events. Demonstrated by local business owner, Ola Elkanah, a native of Nigeria.

Ikebana with Nana Goto Bellerud

June 29, 2024 10:45 AM

Cultural Center

Nana Goto Bellerud started her Sogetsu School of ikebana study in 2005 and continues to be inspired and have new insights from its teachings. Nana demonstrates, exhibits, and teaches ikebana at a wide range of venues including the Portland Art Museum, Portland and Gresham Japanese Gardens, and various garden clubs and schools. Through her demonstrations and workshops, she seeks to introduce others to the art of ikebana and to intrigue and inspire them. Beyond simply producing a beautiful work of art with flowers and natural objects, she shows her audience how ikebana explores artistic concepts such as balance, contrast, and negative space. Nana has been creating and posting daily ikebana on Instagram (nana_bellerud) since the pandemic hit. Nana is currently serving as President of Ikebana International Portland Chapter #47 and Branch Director of Sogetsu Portland. She is also member of the Ikebana Iwaya Fund Board of Directors. Nana's Website: https://sogetsu-nana-g-bellerud.mystrikingly.com/

Petrykivka - Ukrainian Painting

June 29, 2024 12:15 PM

Cultural Center

Artist Sonia Voloshinov will share the history and stories behind this traditional Ukrainian art form.

Ukrainian Bandura with Tasha Huebner

June 29, 2024 1:45 PM

Cultural Center

Tasha is a 2 nd generation American whose parents were born in Ukraine and came to the US after WWII. She grew up in Chicago and was heavily involved in the large Ukrainian community there, taking bandura lessons from an early age, dancing in a Ukrainian folk dancing group, and attending Ukrainian school on Saturdays. Tasha studied for a year in Ukraine at Kyiv State University, and then worked there for several years, in Kyiv as well. Since moving to Oregon, Tasha has been involved with various Ukrainian organizations, and now devotes her energies to supporting the efforts of DAWN Inc., a non-profit organization that focuses on support for Ukraine in its fight for independence. By playing the bandura at various events, Tasha hopes to make more people aware of the rich and unique cultural identity of Ukraine and its people.

Ukrainian Folk Music with Inna Kovtun

June 29, 2024 3:15 PM

Cultural Center

Inna Kovtun is a leading authority on traditional folk music, performer, cultural ambassador, a master of music, and a guardian of Ukrainian folklore. She is a true luminary in the world of folk music and ethnography. With a Master's in Music and a wealth of experience, she is the driving force behind several musical projects, including the "Rozhanytsya" folk ensemble, international music project ”EDK” and the ethno-rock band "Astarta." Her work has taken her around the globe, sharing the beauty and depth of Ukrainian music with diverse audiences.

Soul Music and Its Impact on Hip Hop

June 29, 2024 5:45 PM

Cultural Center

The crew from Global Heat will present an overview of Soul's impact and influence on Hip Hop.

Drumbeat Discoveries with Maestro Hossein Salehi

June 30, 2024 11:00 AM

Cultural Center

Join us for "Drumbeat Discoveries," a hands-on lecture performance exploring the principles of music. This engaging workshop is open to all ages and offers an interactive orientation to the world of rhythm and melody. Come and discover the magic of music with us! ArtMax Academy promotes world music, arts, and languages. ArtMax will facilitate education, study, preservation, and performance of various forms of music, dance, and other artistic endeavors, as well as world languages and utilize multicultural performance venues to facilitate cross-cultural bonds between individuals and ethnic groups.

Thai Papaya Salad Demo

June 30, 2024 12:30 PM

Cultural Center

The chefs from Big Blue Thai will demonstrate how to make a refreshing Thai Papaya Salad.

Ukrainian Borscht

June 30, 2024 2:00 PM

Cultural Center

Dominika Pukay will demonstrate the way to make a delicious Ukrainian borscht.

Nigerian Food Demonstration

June 30, 2024 3:30 PM

Cultural Center

Ola Elkanah, owner of Flourish Spices and African Food, will demonstrate how to prepare a tasty, Nigerian dish.

Céilí of the Valley

June 29, 2024 11:00 AM

Stepping Stage

Pronounced "Kay-lee" of the Valley, this non-profit is dedicated to promoting and perpetuating Irish culture in the Willamette Valley. Members and friends perform traditional Irish and Scottish social dances to live music, along with some original dances. Audience participation is anticipated.

Bridgetown Morris Men

June 29, 2024 4:45 PM

Stepping Stage

For hundreds of years, Morris Dancers have celebrated the seasons in the Cotswold region of England with music, dance, songs and plays. Decked out in ribbons and bells, they perform athletic dances with handkerchiefs and sticks to encourage good fortune and fertility for the coming season. The Bridgetown Morris Men keep this age-old tradition alive in Portland.

The Golden Flute

June 29, 2024 10:00 AM

Stepping Stage

Travel the world with the mystical sounds of Sherry and her golden flute. As a registered nurse, Sherry served with the American Red Cross during national disasters. She has also volunteered on international medical missions. Her unique improvisational style reflects serenity through sound.

Salem International Folk Dancers

June 29, 2024 12:45 PM

Stepping Stage

The Salem International Folk Dancers have been meeting since at least the 1940s. It is a recreational group that meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm at Salem Ballet Academy at 1795 Broadway. Our costumes are improvised. We welcome all dancers and offer sets of classes. We charge $3.00 per night and first time is free.

Cherry City Cloggers

June 29, 2024 12:00 PM

Stepping Stage

Clogging is an American folk dance with roots in traditional European dancing, early African-American dance, and traditional Cherokee dance. The dancer’s footwear is used to create audible percussive rhythms. Clogging was a social dance in the Appalachian Mountains as early as the 1700s. Established in 1989, the Cherry City Cloggers is one of the largest clogging clubs in the Northwest.

Elena Villa's Escuela de Flamenco

June 29, 2024 3:45 PM

Stepping Stage

Elena began her flamenco training in Santa Cruz, California in 1991 after being inspired by live flamenco performances in France and Spain as an exchange student in the late 1980s. Her first teachers, La Linda, Ladisla, and Andrea “la Canela” gave her a strong foundation in traditional flamenco technique and choreography, as well as providing excellent mentorship through performance opportunities with live music and cante (flamenco song). Elena has gone on to study with some of the great international artists of today, including Jose Galván, Teo Morca, Belen Maya, La Tania, Jesús Carmona, and many others.

Willamette Valley Pipes & Drums

June 29, 2024 10:30 AM

Stepping Stage

The Willamette Valley Pipes and Drums is a non-profit organization with a three-fold mission: to serve our community by providing entertainment through Scottish music, to develop the musical abilities of our members, and to enjoy the friendship that we share because of our love of pipe and drum music.

Country Swing Performance and Workshop with Tanie Hotan Dance Company

June 29, 2024 5:45 PM

Stepping Stage

Country Swing Performance and Workshop, with Tanie Hotan Dance Company. Put on your boots and get ready to dance the night away at our lively country swing workshop for COUPLES. (this can be 2 girlfriends, or any 2 people) We'll teach you all a toe-tapping good time Country Swing dance! Join us at the Stepping Stage, Saturday June 29th, 5:45 PM-6:30PM. Your instructors, Tanie & Timmy know how to bring on the fun!! Tanie Hotan Dance company is an award winning woman-owned dance entertainment company. We bring HYPE and joy to all events. We are delighted to return to World Beat for the 3rd year in a row. For more information, check out our website: https://www.taniehotandance.com

SamaZama Duo

June 29, 2024 1:45 PM

Stepping Stage

SamaZama Duo, Masumi Timson (Koto) & Joseph Harchanko (Cello), is a collaboration of the Koto – a Japanese traditional musical instrument and the Cello. SamaZama Duo combines the esoteric nature of traditional and contemporary Japanese music with tango, jazz, blues and western classical music, blending instruments and music of Eastern and Western cultures in a moving and uncommon musical synthesis. Their music combines these two widely divergent instruments with traditional and contemporary Koto works to create a vibrant musical soundscape that soothes and inspires.

Yeates Academy of Irish Dance

June 30, 2024 11:00 AM

Stepping Stage

For the Yeates Academy of Irish Dance: Founded in 1985, Oregon's longest running Irish dance school brings the beauty of Irish softshoe and the thunder of Irish hardshoe to the World Beat stage. Joined this year by their sister troupe, the MAC Irish Dancers from McMinnville, come enjoy this spectacular showcase from the Emerald Isle

Zingaresca Ensemble

June 29, 2024 6:45 PM

Stepping Stage

Zingaresca Ensemble is a product of collaboration between the celebrated Romani (“Gypsy”) virtuoso Vadim Kolpakov, the pioneer in the revival of the seven-string guitar Oleg Timofeyev, and the Juilliard-trained baritone Anton Belov. The ensemble interweaves classical Eastern European guitar heritage with the best traditions of the Romani, Jewish, and Ukrainian folk traditions. Since the theme of the festival is Ukraine, we will be happy to perform an all-Ukrainian set.

Beats from Anatolia

June 29, 2024 2:45 PM

Stepping Stage

Dancers from the Oregon Turkish American Association will perform traditional Turkish folk dances.

Ballet Folklorico Guelagetza

June 30, 2024 12:00 PM

Stepping Stage

Enlace presents Baile Folklórico Guelaguetza: Enlace is a nonprofit organization that builds community through a combined effort of diverse groups.

Miranda Coleman - Ukrainian Folk Dances

June 30, 2024 1:15 PM

Stepping Stage

Miranda Coleman is a Ukrainian-American folk dancer from Keizer, who has performed internationally. She is on the Oregon Culture Keepers roster.

Amelia Lukas and Ryta Slobodiana

June 30, 2024 2:30 PM

Stepping Stage

Powell Flutes artist Amelia Lukas and artist Ryta Slobodiana will capture daily life in Ukraine through music and art. Powell Flutes Artist Amelia Lukas performs with “a fine balance of virtuosity and poetry.” (The New York Times) In addition to her solo show "Natural Homeland: Honoring Ukraine" at the Alberta Rose Theatre, Chehalem Cultural Center, and throughout Washington and Hawaii, recent engagements include solo appearances for Chamber Music Northwest, Portland Japanese Garden, United for Ukraine, Siletz Bay Music Festival, Fear No Music, Makrokosmos Project, Kenny Endo Ensemble, Portland Taiko, the Astoria Music Festival, and more. With degrees from the Royal Academy of Music (London) and Manhattan School of Music, she’s the Principal Flutist of the Portland Chamber Orchestra and the Principal and Founder of Aligned Artistry. amelialukas.com

= Headliner

Inna Kovtun

June 28, 2024 6:30 PM

Amphitheater

Inna Kovtun is a leading authority on traditional folk music, performer, cultural ambassador, a master of music, and a guardian of Ukrainian folklore. She is a true luminary in the world of folk music and ethnography. With a Master's in Music and a wealth of experience, she is the driving force behind several musical projects, including the "Rozhanytsya" folk ensemble, international music project ”EDK” and the ethno-rock band "Astarta." Her work has taken her around the globe, sharing the beauty and depth of Ukrainian music with diverse audiences.

Chervona

June 28, 2024 7:45 PM

Amphitheater

Chervona is a multi-ethnic Eastern European-inspired band from Portland, Oregon, that formed in 2006. They have become known for their old world-inspired music and their highly energetic live shows.

Nupuram

June 28, 2024 9:10 PM

Amphitheater

Nupuram will present a fire dance based on Classical Indian dance Kathak and other folk dances of India.

The Golden Flute

June 29, 2024 10:00 AM

Stepping Stage

Travel the world with the mystical sounds of Sherry and her golden flute. As a registered nurse, Sherry served with the American Red Cross during national disasters. She has also volunteered on international medical missions. Her unique improvisational style reflects serenity through sound.

Salem Chinese Golden Willow Dancers

June 29, 2024 10:15 AM

Asia Pacific West

The Chinese Golden Willow Dance Team was formed by a group of local Chinese women in August, 2018. They strive to share Chinese culture through traditional Chinese dances and music with the community.

Willamette Valley Pipes & Drums

June 29, 2024 10:30 AM

Stepping Stage

The Willamette Valley Pipes and Drums is a non-profit organization with a three-fold mission: to serve our community by providing entertainment through Scottish music, to develop the musical abilities of our members, and to enjoy the friendship that we share because of our love of pipe and drum music.

Ameyalmatzatl Citlatonal

June 29, 2024 10:30 AM

Americas

The Dance represents the eternal search for cosmic harmony and integration, both body and spirit, and all the chants of Aztec Dance ritual refer to this essential process. The Aztec Dance has been referred to as a form of prayer and a total way of life and communication.

Ikebana with Nana Goto Bellerud

June 29, 2024 10:45 AM

Cultural Center

Nana Goto Bellerud started her Sogetsu School of ikebana study in 2005 and continues to be inspired and have new insights from its teachings. Nana demonstrates, exhibits, and teaches ikebana at a wide range of venues including the Portland Art Museum, Portland and Gresham Japanese Gardens, and various garden clubs and schools. Through her demonstrations and workshops, she seeks to introduce others to the art of ikebana and to intrigue and inspire them. Beyond simply producing a beautiful work of art with flowers and natural objects, she shows her audience how ikebana explores artistic concepts such as balance, contrast, and negative space. Nana has been creating and posting daily ikebana on Instagram (nana_bellerud) since the pandemic hit. Nana is currently serving as President of Ikebana International Portland Chapter #47 and Branch Director of Sogetsu Portland. She is also member of the Ikebana Iwaya Fund Board of Directors. Nana's Website: https://sogetsu-nana-g-bellerud.mystrikingly.com/

Céilí of the Valley

June 29, 2024 11:00 AM

Stepping Stage

Pronounced "Kay-lee" of the Valley, this non-profit is dedicated to promoting and perpetuating Irish culture in the Willamette Valley. Members and friends perform traditional Irish and Scottish social dances to live music, along with some original dances. Audience participation is anticipated.

Karate 4 Kids

June 29, 2024 11:15 AM

Asia Pacific East

Come and catch the action! You can even participate because EVERYONE can do Karate!

Monmouth Taiko

June 29, 2024 11:30 AM

Amphitheater

Monmouth Taiko, based in the Willamette Valley area of Oregon, has been performing for twenty years. They travel around the Pacific Northwest sharing the powerful and charismatic sound of taiko music.

Cambodian Dance Troupe of Oregon

June 29, 2024 11:45 AM

Asia Pacific West

Apsara is a dance style that has become synonymous with Cambodian culture. It's famous for the slow and graceful movements known as kbach; hand gestures that tell the story of the natural world. There are over 1,500 different hand and finger movements in Apsara that can express the soul of the Cambodian people. Historically, Apsara has been reserved for royalty and for special occasions such as festivals or ceremonies in order to please the gods or guests. The term ‘apsara’ is derived from Sanskrit which means celestial or water nymph. To strive for the perfection that is Apsara is to flawlessly represent the khmer people by achieving perfect body form that challenges human ability of balance and flexibility in order to convey the heart of our ancestors and become one with nature.

Cherry City Cloggers

June 29, 2024 12:00 PM

Stepping Stage

Clogging is an American folk dance with roots in traditional European dancing, early African-American dance, and traditional Cherokee dance. The dancer’s footwear is used to create audible percussive rhythms. Clogging was a social dance in the Appalachian Mountains as early as the 1700s. Established in 1989, the Cherry City Cloggers is one of the largest clogging clubs in the Northwest.

David Durosier Haitian Folklore, Dancing & Drums

June 29, 2024 12:15 PM

Americas

Haitian Drumming & Dance Workshop

Petrykivka - Ukrainian Painting

June 29, 2024 12:15 PM

Cultural Center

Artist Sonia Voloshinov will share the history and stories behind this traditional Ukrainian art form.

Casa de la Cultura Tlanese

June 29, 2024 12:30 PM

Amphitheater

A non-profit group, Tlanese was established in 2004 to share Mexican culture through dance and to keep traditions alive in the hearts of youth. It has grown and is officially known as Casa de la Cultural Tlanese. The group specializes in traditional dances from different states of Mexico such as Oaxaca, Veracruz, Sinaloa and Jalisco. ¡Viva México!

Black Hat Dance

June 29, 2024 12:30 PM

Asia Pacific West

Guru Rinpoche has performed Lama Dancing in the US for many different occasions including blessing a business, purifying negativity in a city or to assist with protecting an area from harm. Black Hat Dance is performed in temples in Bhutan. The costume consists of a large black hat, felt boots and colorful brocade gown. Black Hat dancers assume the appearance of Yogis who have the power to subdue and re-create life.

Salem International Folk Dancers

June 29, 2024 12:45 PM

Stepping Stage

The Salem International Folk Dancers have been meeting since at least the 1940s. It is a recreational group that meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm at Salem Ballet Academy at 1795 Broadway. Our costumes are improvised. We welcome all dancers and offer sets of classes. We charge $3.00 per night and first time is free.

Indonesia Performing Arts of Oregon

June 29, 2024 1:15 PM

Asia Pacific West

Indonesian Performing Arts of Oregon (IPAO) is an Portland-based Indonesian dance troupe and cultural non-profit organization established officially in 2011. With the motto “Preserve – Share – Celebrate” IPAO has been active in promoting Indonesian cultures through the art of dance performances throughout Southwest Washington and Oregon. IPAO is proud to share and celebrate the richness of Indonesian culture and diversity in various cultural events.

West African Cultural Arts Institute

June 29, 2024 1:30 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

West African Cultural Arts Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit cultural arts organization based out of Eugene, Oregon. WACAI’s mission is to share the joy and passion of Guinean culture through vibrant educational programs focusing on music and dance, advocating for authentic source artists from Guinea and creating charitable projects in Guinea that promote artistic, emotional, and physical health. WACAI’s programs include performances and community outreach events, school residencies and assemblies, and community drum and dance classes. Please check out WACAI at WestAfricanCulturalArts.org and follow on Facebook at West African Cultural Arts Institute and at WACAIOregon on Instagram.

Oregon Country Line Dance Association

June 29, 2024 1:30 PM

Amphitheater

American style country line dancing!

SamaZama Duo

June 29, 2024 1:45 PM

Stepping Stage

SamaZama Duo, Masumi Timson (Koto) & Joseph Harchanko (Cello), is a collaboration of the Koto – a Japanese traditional musical instrument and the Cello. SamaZama Duo combines the esoteric nature of traditional and contemporary Japanese music with tango, jazz, blues and western classical music, blending instruments and music of Eastern and Western cultures in a moving and uncommon musical synthesis. Their music combines these two widely divergent instruments with traditional and contemporary Koto works to create a vibrant musical soundscape that soothes and inspires.

Ukrainian Bandura with Tasha Huebner

June 29, 2024 1:45 PM

Cultural Center

Tasha is a 2 nd generation American whose parents were born in Ukraine and came to the US after WWII. She grew up in Chicago and was heavily involved in the large Ukrainian community there, taking bandura lessons from an early age, dancing in a Ukrainian folk dancing group, and attending Ukrainian school on Saturdays. Tasha studied for a year in Ukraine at Kyiv State University, and then worked there for several years, in Kyiv as well. Since moving to Oregon, Tasha has been involved with various Ukrainian organizations, and now devotes her energies to supporting the efforts of DAWN Inc., a non-profit organization that focuses on support for Ukraine in its fight for independence. By playing the bandura at various events, Tasha hopes to make more people aware of the rich and unique cultural identity of Ukraine and its people.

Bagani Kali Combatives

June 29, 2024 2:15 PM

Asia Pacific

Martial Arts

Barvinok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

June 29, 2024 2:30 PM

Amphitheater

Barvinok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble performs traditional folk dances from various regions all around Ukraine. It shows the beauty and diversity of the region through the dance itself and the costumes worn for each dance.

Beats from Anatolia

June 29, 2024 2:45 PM

Stepping Stage

Dancers from the Oregon Turkish American Association will perform traditional Turkish folk dances.

Hula Halau ‘O Ke Alaula

June 29, 2024 3:00 PM

Asia Pacific West

Under the direction of Leilani Beymer and her alaka’i (assistant) sister Pearl Barido-Perkins & Kealakai Kapuniai-Ryan we opened this hula school in 2014. We are based in Eugene and offer classes in the Albany/Salem area and Sherwood. “Hele ‘ia ka ‘aina, ‘au’ai ‘ia ke kai, a hula pu kaua, ‘oiai lili kaua i ke aloha” (Together we walk the land, swim the ocean, and dance the hula…….together we share our aloha). We strive to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture through olelo (language), mele (song), hula (dance), oli (prayer) & history.

Ukrainian Folk Music with Inna Kovtun

June 29, 2024 3:15 PM

Cultural Center

Inna Kovtun is a leading authority on traditional folk music, performer, cultural ambassador, a master of music, and a guardian of Ukrainian folklore. She is a true luminary in the world of folk music and ethnography. With a Master's in Music and a wealth of experience, she is the driving force behind several musical projects, including the "Rozhanytsya" folk ensemble, international music project ”EDK” and the ethno-rock band "Astarta." Her work has taken her around the globe, sharing the beauty and depth of Ukrainian music with diverse audiences.

Loveness Wesa

June 29, 2024 3:30 PM

Africa and Middle East

A world renowned artist specializing in both dance and music, Loveness Wesa, is originally from Zimbabwe. She has made the United States home for many years, and currently resides in Portland, Oregon. She has been using her talents to bring healing and entertainment to humanity and the world since childhood. Loveness enjoys creating ubuntu, meaning humanity towards others, in a gesture that reaches far beyond her local community. In every individual performance or event that she produces, she seeks to initiate a sense of love, peace and harmony as a way to transform negativity into a healing experience.

Elena Villa's Escuela de Flamenco

June 29, 2024 3:45 PM

Stepping Stage

Elena began her flamenco training in Santa Cruz, California in 1991 after being inspired by live flamenco performances in France and Spain as an exchange student in the late 1980s. Her first teachers, La Linda, Ladisla, and Andrea “la Canela” gave her a strong foundation in traditional flamenco technique and choreography, as well as providing excellent mentorship through performance opportunities with live music and cante (flamenco song). Elena has gone on to study with some of the great international artists of today, including Jose Galván, Teo Morca, Belen Maya, La Tania, Jesús Carmona, and many others.

Darka Dusty & the Borshch Beatniks

June 29, 2024 3:45 PM

Amphitheater

Darka Dusty is a life-long musician and singer living in Portland, Oregon. A powerful and versatile vocalist, Darka likes to genre-hop from American blues to jazz to country, as well as celebrate the big-voiced “folkloric” singing style stemming from her deep Ukrainian roots. The "Borshch Beatniks" band is a quintet which includes Darka's partner Miri Stebivka on guitar, her sister Natalia K. Burgess on mandolin and tight sisterly harmonies, Bernardo Gomes on double bass, Andrew Alikhanov on clarinet, and Darka Dusty Stebivka as the main vocalist and accordion player. Together they perform a unique variety of songs, including originals, unexpected covers, and Eastern-European, klezmer-tinged melodies. DD and the BBs are equally comfortable playing a well-known country song as they are an ancient Ukrainian song – offering a unique combination of tasty ingredients – which is what a good borshch is all about: There is is an eclectic vibe, whimsy, and joyful, musical celebration at every Darka Dusty & the Borshch Beatniks show.

Natyavedha Bharatanatyam

June 29, 2024 3:45 PM

Asia Pacific East

Bharatnatyam classical dance

Ola Elkanah - Headdress Wrapping Demonstration

June 29, 2024 4:30 PM

Cultural Center

The gele is an African head wrap or head tie that has its roots in the Yoruba Tribe in the western African country of Nigeria. African women wear the gele as a sign of cultural reverence and respect at African events. Demonstrated by local business owner, Ola Elkanah, a native of Nigeria.

Los Tata Keris Alegres de Michocán

June 29, 2024 4:30 PM

Americas

The traditional Danza de Los Viejitos, or “dance of the little old men,” has its origins in Pre-Columbian Purepecha culture. The Purepecha Empire was located in Michoacan and rivaled that of the Aztecs (fun fact: the Purepecha were never conquered by their foes, the Aztecs, and defeated them in battle in the late 1400s.) The dance was created as a ritual to honor the god of fire. The four men represent the four directions of the Universe, North, South, East and West, and the four elements: earth, fire, air, and water.

Eugene Bhangra Group

June 29, 2024 4:30 PM

Asia Pacific West

Eugene Bhangra brings this energetic, traditional Punjabi dance form to World Beat!

Bridgetown Morris Men

June 29, 2024 4:45 PM

Stepping Stage

For hundreds of years, Morris Dancers have celebrated the seasons in the Cotswold region of England with music, dance, songs and plays. Decked out in ribbons and bells, they perform athletic dances with handkerchiefs and sticks to encourage good fortune and fertility for the coming season. The Bridgetown Morris Men keep this age-old tradition alive in Portland.

Jan Michael Looking Wolf and Native Rose

June 29, 2024 4:45 PM

Amphitheater

A special performance by Global Music Award Lifetime Achievement Winning recording artist Jan Michael Looking Wolf and his band Native Rose. Jan is a member of the Kalapuya Tribe who are the first people of the Salem area and much of the Willamette Valley. The music of Native Rose includes a beautiful blend of vocals, Native American Flutes, acoustic guitars, indigenous chants, and Tribal percussion that share an inspirational message of everyone's connection to each other and Mother Earth.

Nojeem Lasisi

June 29, 2024 5:15 PM

Africa/Middle East

The Nigerian talking drum has its roots in the Old Oyo Empire. The hourglass-shaped drums are made of wood and goat skin. The drummer is able to produce sounds that mimic the human voice and can alter the tone by applying pressure to leather bands that run between the two drum heads.

Portland Kalai Kuzhu

June 29, 2024 5:30 PM

Amphitheater

Portland Kalai Kuzhu (Pronounced as Kulu) is a local Portland based Non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and propagating the cultural arts and culture of the Tamil natives and immigrant community in Oregon. The very name of our organization Portland Kalai Kuzhu signifies the affinity and passion our volunteer Board and participating students and members have to promote and learn the folk and traditional arts from the state of Tamil Nadu, India.

Country Swing Performance and Workshop with Tanie Hotan Dance Company

June 29, 2024 5:45 PM

Stepping Stage

Country Swing Performance and Workshop, with Tanie Hotan Dance Company. Put on your boots and get ready to dance the night away at our lively country swing workshop for COUPLES. (this can be 2 girlfriends, or any 2 people) We'll teach you all a toe-tapping good time Country Swing dance! Join us at the Stepping Stage, Saturday June 29th, 5:45 PM-6:30PM. Your instructors, Tanie & Timmy know how to bring on the fun!! Tanie Hotan Dance company is an award winning woman-owned dance entertainment company. We bring HYPE and joy to all events. We are delighted to return to World Beat for the 3rd year in a row. For more information, check out our website: https://www.taniehotandance.com

Soul Music and Its Impact on Hip Hop

June 29, 2024 5:45 PM

Cultural Center

The crew from Global Heat will present an overview of Soul's impact and influence on Hip Hop.

Filipino Wedding Dances - GSFAA

June 29, 2024 6:00 PM

Amphitheater

The Greater Salem Filipino-American Association will showcase traditional Filipino wedding dances.

Paradise of Samoa

June 29, 2024 6:15 PM

Asia Pacific East

This non-profit group based in Keizer is comprised of thirty-five members and performs numerous Pacific Islands' dances from Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, and New Zealand. Their costumes are authentic and hand-made, and their show takes you on a very colorful dance tour of the Pacific!

Zingaresca Ensemble

June 29, 2024 6:45 PM

Stepping Stage

Zingaresca Ensemble is a product of collaboration between the celebrated Romani (“Gypsy”) virtuoso Vadim Kolpakov, the pioneer in the revival of the seven-string guitar Oleg Timofeyev, and the Juilliard-trained baritone Anton Belov. The ensemble interweaves classical Eastern European guitar heritage with the best traditions of the Romani, Jewish, and Ukrainian folk traditions. Since the theme of the festival is Ukraine, we will be happy to perform an all-Ukrainian set.

Belly Dances of the World by NW Belly Dance Collective

June 29, 2024 7:00 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

Coordinated by Salem's Local NW Belly Dancing Collective, these dancers bring us the Egyptian cane dance, shemadan, Turkish skirt dance, debke, plus American tribal and cabaret-style dances and more.

Pascal Bokar's AfroBlueGrazz Band

June 29, 2024 7:00 PM

Amphitheater

AfroBlueGrazz is a celebratory musical group that generates an infectious groove - a fusion of textures and styles drawing from traditional musical genres that includes West African rhythms, melodies, and percussion fused with Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, R&B, and even Gospel. The pinnacle of versatility, talent, and musicianship, Pascal Bokar has made a name for himself in both the national and international music industry. Bokar impresses everyone with his innovative combination of musical styles, culminating into the unique genre of music he calls AfroBlueGrazz. The name derives from combining Afro-Funk, Blues, Bluegrass and Jazz. As a music composer, vocalist, and guitarist, he proudly expresses the musical textures of his Senegalese and Malian roots by including fiddle, balafon, and banjo with his AfroBlueGrazz Band, making a sound completely his own!

Global Heat & Fraggle Rock Crew

June 29, 2024 8:30 PM

Amphitheater

Global Heat has been called “the best of the Hip Hop, Jazz, R&B, and World Beat styles” [KLEW TV]” and “high-caliber artists” [Coordinator, Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Reno NV]. Soon after forming in Seattle WA, the band was featured at the 2006 Shanghai (China) International Music Festival. By 2009, the band released their first recorded album. In 2011, the group topped more than 50 bands to win the Jammin’ Challenge produced by Seattle Wave Radio and Hard Rock Cafe. In 2015, Global Heat was featured at TRIBE-olution’s show “Parallels in Motion” at the renowned Montbleu Theatre (Lake Tahoe, CA). Global Heat or individual members have worked with Black Eyed Peas, Con Funk Shun, Kanda Bongo Man, New Edition, Roger Fisher (co-founder of Heart), Massive Monkees; and shared billings with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Alan White Band, Baaba Maal, Cee Lo Green (The Voice), Macklemore, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, Jurassic 5, and others.

Philippine Cebuanos & Friends Dance Troupe

June 30, 2024 11:00 AM

Asia Pacific West

The Philippine Cebuanos and Friends Dance Troupe had performed at the WB Festival since its inception under Marisa Newnam’s leadership. After Marisa’s retirement, we continued our mission to promote the Philippine culture through our cultural dances, songs, festivals and food. We made the community of new Filipino Americans aware that Diversity is alive and well in the Philippines as shown by our inclusion of tribal dances , authentic costuming and music of some indigenous Filipino tribes. This year we are performing with our friends from the Oregon State University students. Isang Bansang Pilipino (IBP) is the Filipino Student Association at Oregon State University (OSU). IBP exists for, but not limited to, the Filipino-American and Filipino-International students of OSU. We are open to all who are interested in learning about Filipino culture and history. We strive to educate the OSU community, and other surrounding communities, about Filipino culture through music and dance performances, food presentations, and other workshops discussing Filipino history and identity. Mabuhay!

Ameyalmatzatl Citlatonal

June 30, 2024 11:00 AM

Amphitheater

The Dance represents the eternal search for cosmic harmony and integration, both body and spirit, and all the chants of Aztec Dance ritual refer to this essential process. The Aztec Dance has been referred to as a form of prayer and a total way of life and communication.

Yeates Academy of Irish Dance

June 30, 2024 11:00 AM

Stepping Stage

For the Yeates Academy of Irish Dance: Founded in 1985, Oregon's longest running Irish dance school brings the beauty of Irish softshoe and the thunder of Irish hardshoe to the World Beat stage. Joined this year by their sister troupe, the MAC Irish Dancers from McMinnville, come enjoy this spectacular showcase from the Emerald Isle

Drumbeat Discoveries with Maestro Hossein Salehi

June 30, 2024 11:00 AM

Cultural Center

Join us for "Drumbeat Discoveries," a hands-on lecture performance exploring the principles of music. This engaging workshop is open to all ages and offers an interactive orientation to the world of rhythm and melody. Come and discover the magic of music with us! ArtMax Academy promotes world music, arts, and languages. ArtMax will facilitate education, study, preservation, and performance of various forms of music, dance, and other artistic endeavors, as well as world languages and utilize multicultural performance venues to facilitate cross-cultural bonds between individuals and ethnic groups.

Savannah & Native Dancers

June 30, 2024 11:15 AM

Americas Village

Traditional Native American dances.

Nii Ardey Allotey: African Drum Workshop

June 30, 2024 12:00 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

In this workshop, Nii Ardey will bring kpanlogo drums and djembes to teach rhythm and technique. He will also teach the five hand techniques for playing the drum. Nii Ardey will talk about his childhood in Accra, and how he became a dancer and drummer.

Salem Japanese Bon Dancers

June 30, 2024 12:00 PM

Asia Pacific West

Salem Japanese Bon Dancers is a group of people from the Salem area interested in sharing Japanese culture and traditions with others. They will perform 3 dances; 2 traditional “Bon” dances and 1 Japanese pop dance. Everyone is welcome to join us in these dances!

Ballet Folklorico Guelagetza

June 30, 2024 12:00 PM

Stepping Stage

Enlace presents Baile Folklórico Guelaguetza: Enlace is a nonprofit organization that builds community through a combined effort of diverse groups.

Thai Papaya Salad Demo

June 30, 2024 12:30 PM

Cultural Center

The chefs from Big Blue Thai will demonstrate how to make a refreshing Thai Papaya Salad.

Oregon Chinese Coalition

June 30, 2024 1:00 PM

Amphitheatre

Dance groups. Their mission: To serve Chinese community with a shared vision and resources. Performances include: Jade Dance Team, Mulan Drum Team, and Phoenix Hanfu Team.

ENCORE Performing Arts Center

June 30, 2024 1:00 PM

Americas

At Encore, we believe that dance is more than just movement—it's a reflection of our shared humanity and a celebration of the rich tapestry of cultures that make up our world. Through our extensive and one of a kind street style program and our studio style programs we strive to honor the origins of dance by instructing from foundations first. Our instructors are based in culture first and train from that state of mind.

Miranda Coleman - Ukrainian Folk Dances

June 30, 2024 1:15 PM

Stepping Stage

Miranda Coleman is a Ukrainian-American folk dancer from Keizer, who has performed internationally. She is on the Oregon Culture Keepers roster.

Corazón Utilitary Handcraft Workshop

June 30, 2024 1:45 PM

Americas Village - Children's Activity Tent

Join Daniel and Erika for an all-ages hands-on workshop. This is limited to the first 20 people who arrive at the booth where you will paint an ornament. Originally from Mexico City, Daniel and Erika started Corazón adventures in 2022 in Portland. Their main purpose is to recover crafts appreciation with workshops and utilitarian handcrafts, promoting and sharing proudly the richness of Arts, Culture, and Traditions.

Corazon Utilitarian Crafts Workshop

June 30, 2024 1:45 PM

Americas - Children's Tent

Daniel and Erika will provide all you need to paint a one-of-a-kind craft. This is limited to the first 30 people who arrive at the tent, so come early to secure a spot!

ArtMax Ensemble

June 30, 2024 2:00 PM

Amphitheatre

Persian Percussion

Habiba Addo

June 30, 2024 2:00 PM

Africa/Middle East

Experience the joy, richness and the relevance of West African music and dance from countries such as Senegal, Guinea and Ghana through dance, drumming and traditional call and response songs. Habiba's warm sense of humor and genuine respect for revered African dance traditions guarantee an enjoyable and uplifting experience for all participants. In African cultures stories entertain, inspire and provoke. Some stories remind us to respect and honor our elders while others simply make us laugh! Stories teach right from wrong, remind and educate us about our own world and those worlds far, far away.

Ukrainian Borscht

June 30, 2024 2:00 PM

Cultural Center

Dominika Pukay will demonstrate the way to make a delicious Ukrainian borscht.

Amelia Lukas and Ryta Slobodiana

June 30, 2024 2:30 PM

Stepping Stage

Powell Flutes artist Amelia Lukas and artist Ryta Slobodiana will capture daily life in Ukraine through music and art. Powell Flutes Artist Amelia Lukas performs with “a fine balance of virtuosity and poetry.” (The New York Times) In addition to her solo show "Natural Homeland: Honoring Ukraine" at the Alberta Rose Theatre, Chehalem Cultural Center, and throughout Washington and Hawaii, recent engagements include solo appearances for Chamber Music Northwest, Portland Japanese Garden, United for Ukraine, Siletz Bay Music Festival, Fear No Music, Makrokosmos Project, Kenny Endo Ensemble, Portland Taiko, the Astoria Music Festival, and more. With degrees from the Royal Academy of Music (London) and Manhattan School of Music, she’s the Principal Flutist of the Portland Chamber Orchestra and the Principal and Founder of Aligned Artistry. amelialukas.com

Gamelan Sari Pandhawa

June 30, 2024 3:00 PM

Asia Pacific East

Gamelan is the traditional percussion orchestra of Indonesia. Gamelan Sari Pandhawa plays the music of central Java, a region of the most populous island in the Indonesian archipelago. Music is played on sets of tuned chimes, gongs, xylophones and drums.

Salem Rueda de Casino

June 30, 2024 3:00 PM

Americas

Casino was developed in Havana, Cuba in the early 1950s. Casino traces its origin as a partner dance from Cuban Urban Son and Cuban Cha Cha Cha, while very similar to Salsa it is its own dance. Today, Casino De Rueda (Casino Wheel) as a group dance that is danced all over the world including Salem, OR. Our local group is Salem Rueda De Casino.

Deepika - Bharatanatyam

June 30, 2024 3:00 PM

Asia Pacific

Bharatanatyam is an ancient cultural dance form of Tamil Nadu in southern India. Originally a temple dance for women, bharatanatyam is often used to express Hindu religious stories and devotions. The dance moved from temples to theaters over time, but has retained its characteristic devotional component, expression of human emotions, and stylized storytelling. The flexibility of the Bharatanatyam framework lends itself well to both traditional themes as well as modern day subjects. Deepika will be dancing for the song, "Bhagya Lakshmi bArammA" – This song is composed by Sri Purandara dasaru, the pitamaha of Carnatic Sangeeta.

Nii Ardey Allotey & Ekome

June 30, 2024 3:30 PM

Amphitheater

Nii Ardey Allotey, a native of Ghana, began studying traditional dance and drumming at the tender age of 3. He has performed all over the world, from Russia to Japan. Ekome will perform some traditional dances and kpanlogo drumming, will explain the meaning of the songs and dances, and invite the audience to participate and have fun!

Nigerian Food Demonstration

June 30, 2024 3:30 PM

Cultural Center

Ola Elkanah, owner of Flourish Spices and African Food, will demonstrate how to prepare a tasty, Nigerian dish.

Portland Belly Dance Extraordinaire

June 30, 2024 3:45 PM

Africa and Middle East

Belly dancing featuring: Morgan, Atalanta, Sahar, Ahndine, Laylah Jamal, Elinore Eden Edge, Kristen King, Chandni, Mismonsta, Jadeeika, Tahirah, and Sharla.

Parade of Nations

June 30, 2024 4:30 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

The parade originates at the African Village and proceeds through the festival grounds to the Amphitheater, where the amazing Ric Calipayan Dedicatoria will introcuce the represented countries. Wear the national dress of your birth, your forefathers’ land or your adopted country, and join us for this colorful and upbeat parade that embodies the spirit of the festival!

Pachanga

June 30, 2024 5:00 PM

Amphitheater

Get up and dance! Pachanga brings a collection of tunes and rhythms from different regions of Latin-American and Caribbean islands and is a presentation of the Afro-Latin sounds and influences that have originated our varied music.

White Lotus Dragon and Lion Dance

June 30, 2024 5:15 PM

Asia Pacific West

White Lotus first came together as a group of inspirational young individuals that wanted a way to not only spread cultural awareness but to make every celebration a memorable one. They perform throughout Portland and the Pacific Northwest for Chinese New Year’s, Lunar New Years, and more.

Jim Enemark

June 30, 2024 5:15 PM

Americas

Virtuoso banjo player Jim Enemark brings his high-energy, fun vibes to World Beat!

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Nii Ardey Allotey: African Drum Workshop

June 30, 2024 12:00 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

In this workshop, Nii Ardey will bring kpanlogo drums and djembes to teach rhythm and technique. He will also teach the five hand techniques for playing the drum. Nii Ardey will talk about his childhood in Accra, and how he became a dancer and drummer.

Amelia Lukas and Ryta Slobodiana

June 30, 2024 2:30 PM

Stepping Stage

Powell Flutes artist Amelia Lukas and artist Ryta Slobodiana will capture daily life in Ukraine through music and art. Powell Flutes Artist Amelia Lukas performs with “a fine balance of virtuosity and poetry.” (The New York Times) In addition to her solo show "Natural Homeland: Honoring Ukraine" at the Alberta Rose Theatre, Chehalem Cultural Center, and throughout Washington and Hawaii, recent engagements include solo appearances for Chamber Music Northwest, Portland Japanese Garden, United for Ukraine, Siletz Bay Music Festival, Fear No Music, Makrokosmos Project, Kenny Endo Ensemble, Portland Taiko, the Astoria Music Festival, and more. With degrees from the Royal Academy of Music (London) and Manhattan School of Music, she’s the Principal Flutist of the Portland Chamber Orchestra and the Principal and Founder of Aligned Artistry. amelialukas.com

Ameyalmatzatl Citlatonal

June 30, 2024 11:00 AM

Amphitheater

The Dance represents the eternal search for cosmic harmony and integration, both body and spirit, and all the chants of Aztec Dance ritual refer to this essential process. The Aztec Dance has been referred to as a form of prayer and a total way of life and communication.

Ameyalmatzatl Citlatonal

June 29, 2024 10:30 AM

Americas

The Dance represents the eternal search for cosmic harmony and integration, both body and spirit, and all the chants of Aztec Dance ritual refer to this essential process. The Aztec Dance has been referred to as a form of prayer and a total way of life and communication.

ArtMax Ensemble

June 30, 2024 2:00 PM

Amphitheatre

Persian Percussion

Bagani Kali Combatives

June 29, 2024 2:15 PM

Asia Pacific

Martial Arts

Ballet Folklorico Guelagetza

June 30, 2024 12:00 PM

Stepping Stage

Enlace presents Baile Folklórico Guelaguetza: Enlace is a nonprofit organization that builds community through a combined effort of diverse groups.

Barvinok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

June 29, 2024 2:30 PM

Amphitheater

Barvinok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble performs traditional folk dances from various regions all around Ukraine. It shows the beauty and diversity of the region through the dance itself and the costumes worn for each dance.

Beats from Anatolia

June 29, 2024 2:45 PM

Stepping Stage

Dancers from the Oregon Turkish American Association will perform traditional Turkish folk dances.

Belly Dances of the World by NW Belly Dance Collective

June 29, 2024 7:00 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

Coordinated by Salem's Local NW Belly Dancing Collective, these dancers bring us the Egyptian cane dance, shemadan, Turkish skirt dance, debke, plus American tribal and cabaret-style dances and more.

Black Hat Dance

June 29, 2024 12:30 PM

Asia Pacific West

Guru Rinpoche has performed Lama Dancing in the US for many different occasions including blessing a business, purifying negativity in a city or to assist with protecting an area from harm. Black Hat Dance is performed in temples in Bhutan. The costume consists of a large black hat, felt boots and colorful brocade gown. Black Hat dancers assume the appearance of Yogis who have the power to subdue and re-create life.

Bridgetown Morris Men

June 29, 2024 4:45 PM

Stepping Stage

For hundreds of years, Morris Dancers have celebrated the seasons in the Cotswold region of England with music, dance, songs and plays. Decked out in ribbons and bells, they perform athletic dances with handkerchiefs and sticks to encourage good fortune and fertility for the coming season. The Bridgetown Morris Men keep this age-old tradition alive in Portland.

Cambodian Dance Troupe of Oregon

June 29, 2024 11:45 AM

Asia Pacific West

Apsara is a dance style that has become synonymous with Cambodian culture. It's famous for the slow and graceful movements known as kbach; hand gestures that tell the story of the natural world. There are over 1,500 different hand and finger movements in Apsara that can express the soul of the Cambodian people. Historically, Apsara has been reserved for royalty and for special occasions such as festivals or ceremonies in order to please the gods or guests. The term ‘apsara’ is derived from Sanskrit which means celestial or water nymph. To strive for the perfection that is Apsara is to flawlessly represent the khmer people by achieving perfect body form that challenges human ability of balance and flexibility in order to convey the heart of our ancestors and become one with nature.

Casa de la Cultura Tlanese

June 29, 2024 12:30 PM

Amphitheater

A non-profit group, Tlanese was established in 2004 to share Mexican culture through dance and to keep traditions alive in the hearts of youth. It has grown and is officially known as Casa de la Cultural Tlanese. The group specializes in traditional dances from different states of Mexico such as Oaxaca, Veracruz, Sinaloa and Jalisco. ¡Viva México!

Cherry City Cloggers

June 29, 2024 12:00 PM

Stepping Stage

Clogging is an American folk dance with roots in traditional European dancing, early African-American dance, and traditional Cherokee dance. The dancer’s footwear is used to create audible percussive rhythms. Clogging was a social dance in the Appalachian Mountains as early as the 1700s. Established in 1989, the Cherry City Cloggers is one of the largest clogging clubs in the Northwest.

Chervona

June 28, 2024 7:45 PM

Amphitheater

Chervona is a multi-ethnic Eastern European-inspired band from Portland, Oregon, that formed in 2006. They have become known for their old world-inspired music and their highly energetic live shows.

Corazon Utilitarian Crafts Workshop

June 30, 2024 1:45 PM

Americas - Children's Tent

Daniel and Erika will provide all you need to paint a one-of-a-kind craft. This is limited to the first 30 people who arrive at the tent, so come early to secure a spot!

Corazón Utilitary Handcraft Workshop

June 30, 2024 1:45 PM

Americas Village - Children's Activity Tent

Join Daniel and Erika for an all-ages hands-on workshop. This is limited to the first 20 people who arrive at the booth where you will paint an ornament. Originally from Mexico City, Daniel and Erika started Corazón adventures in 2022 in Portland. Their main purpose is to recover crafts appreciation with workshops and utilitarian handcrafts, promoting and sharing proudly the richness of Arts, Culture, and Traditions.

Country Swing Performance and Workshop with Tanie Hotan Dance Company

June 29, 2024 5:45 PM

Stepping Stage

Country Swing Performance and Workshop, with Tanie Hotan Dance Company. Put on your boots and get ready to dance the night away at our lively country swing workshop for COUPLES. (this can be 2 girlfriends, or any 2 people) We'll teach you all a toe-tapping good time Country Swing dance! Join us at the Stepping Stage, Saturday June 29th, 5:45 PM-6:30PM. Your instructors, Tanie & Timmy know how to bring on the fun!! Tanie Hotan Dance company is an award winning woman-owned dance entertainment company. We bring HYPE and joy to all events. We are delighted to return to World Beat for the 3rd year in a row. For more information, check out our website: https://www.taniehotandance.com

Céilí of the Valley

June 29, 2024 11:00 AM

Stepping Stage

Pronounced "Kay-lee" of the Valley, this non-profit is dedicated to promoting and perpetuating Irish culture in the Willamette Valley. Members and friends perform traditional Irish and Scottish social dances to live music, along with some original dances. Audience participation is anticipated.

Darka Dusty & the Borshch Beatniks

June 29, 2024 3:45 PM

Amphitheater

Darka Dusty is a life-long musician and singer living in Portland, Oregon. A powerful and versatile vocalist, Darka likes to genre-hop from American blues to jazz to country, as well as celebrate the big-voiced “folkloric” singing style stemming from her deep Ukrainian roots. The "Borshch Beatniks" band is a quintet which includes Darka's partner Miri Stebivka on guitar, her sister Natalia K. Burgess on mandolin and tight sisterly harmonies, Bernardo Gomes on double bass, Andrew Alikhanov on clarinet, and Darka Dusty Stebivka as the main vocalist and accordion player. Together they perform a unique variety of songs, including originals, unexpected covers, and Eastern-European, klezmer-tinged melodies. DD and the BBs are equally comfortable playing a well-known country song as they are an ancient Ukrainian song – offering a unique combination of tasty ingredients – which is what a good borshch is all about: There is is an eclectic vibe, whimsy, and joyful, musical celebration at every Darka Dusty & the Borshch Beatniks show.

David Durosier Haitian Folklore, Dancing & Drums

June 29, 2024 12:15 PM

Americas

Haitian Drumming & Dance Workshop

Deepika - Bharatanatyam

June 30, 2024 3:00 PM

Asia Pacific

Bharatanatyam is an ancient cultural dance form of Tamil Nadu in southern India. Originally a temple dance for women, bharatanatyam is often used to express Hindu religious stories and devotions. The dance moved from temples to theaters over time, but has retained its characteristic devotional component, expression of human emotions, and stylized storytelling. The flexibility of the Bharatanatyam framework lends itself well to both traditional themes as well as modern day subjects. Deepika will be dancing for the song, "Bhagya Lakshmi bArammA" – This song is composed by Sri Purandara dasaru, the pitamaha of Carnatic Sangeeta.

Drumbeat Discoveries with Maestro Hossein Salehi

June 30, 2024 11:00 AM

Cultural Center

Join us for "Drumbeat Discoveries," a hands-on lecture performance exploring the principles of music. This engaging workshop is open to all ages and offers an interactive orientation to the world of rhythm and melody. Come and discover the magic of music with us! ArtMax Academy promotes world music, arts, and languages. ArtMax will facilitate education, study, preservation, and performance of various forms of music, dance, and other artistic endeavors, as well as world languages and utilize multicultural performance venues to facilitate cross-cultural bonds between individuals and ethnic groups.

ENCORE Performing Arts Center

June 30, 2024 1:00 PM

Americas

At Encore, we believe that dance is more than just movement—it's a reflection of our shared humanity and a celebration of the rich tapestry of cultures that make up our world. Through our extensive and one of a kind street style program and our studio style programs we strive to honor the origins of dance by instructing from foundations first. Our instructors are based in culture first and train from that state of mind.

Elena Villa's Escuela de Flamenco

June 29, 2024 3:45 PM

Stepping Stage

Elena began her flamenco training in Santa Cruz, California in 1991 after being inspired by live flamenco performances in France and Spain as an exchange student in the late 1980s. Her first teachers, La Linda, Ladisla, and Andrea “la Canela” gave her a strong foundation in traditional flamenco technique and choreography, as well as providing excellent mentorship through performance opportunities with live music and cante (flamenco song). Elena has gone on to study with some of the great international artists of today, including Jose Galván, Teo Morca, Belen Maya, La Tania, Jesús Carmona, and many others.

Eugene Bhangra Group

June 29, 2024 4:30 PM

Asia Pacific West

Eugene Bhangra brings this energetic, traditional Punjabi dance form to World Beat!

Filipino Wedding Dances - GSFAA

June 29, 2024 6:00 PM

Amphitheater

The Greater Salem Filipino-American Association will showcase traditional Filipino wedding dances.

Gamelan Sari Pandhawa

June 30, 2024 3:00 PM

Asia Pacific East

Gamelan is the traditional percussion orchestra of Indonesia. Gamelan Sari Pandhawa plays the music of central Java, a region of the most populous island in the Indonesian archipelago. Music is played on sets of tuned chimes, gongs, xylophones and drums.

Global Heat & Fraggle Rock Crew

June 29, 2024 8:30 PM

Amphitheater

Global Heat has been called “the best of the Hip Hop, Jazz, R&B, and World Beat styles” [KLEW TV]” and “high-caliber artists” [Coordinator, Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Reno NV]. Soon after forming in Seattle WA, the band was featured at the 2006 Shanghai (China) International Music Festival. By 2009, the band released their first recorded album. In 2011, the group topped more than 50 bands to win the Jammin’ Challenge produced by Seattle Wave Radio and Hard Rock Cafe. In 2015, Global Heat was featured at TRIBE-olution’s show “Parallels in Motion” at the renowned Montbleu Theatre (Lake Tahoe, CA). Global Heat or individual members have worked with Black Eyed Peas, Con Funk Shun, Kanda Bongo Man, New Edition, Roger Fisher (co-founder of Heart), Massive Monkees; and shared billings with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Alan White Band, Baaba Maal, Cee Lo Green (The Voice), Macklemore, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, Jurassic 5, and others.

Habiba Addo

June 30, 2024 2:00 PM

Africa/Middle East

Experience the joy, richness and the relevance of West African music and dance from countries such as Senegal, Guinea and Ghana through dance, drumming and traditional call and response songs. Habiba's warm sense of humor and genuine respect for revered African dance traditions guarantee an enjoyable and uplifting experience for all participants. In African cultures stories entertain, inspire and provoke. Some stories remind us to respect and honor our elders while others simply make us laugh! Stories teach right from wrong, remind and educate us about our own world and those worlds far, far away.

Hula Halau ‘O Ke Alaula

June 29, 2024 3:00 PM

Asia Pacific West

Under the direction of Leilani Beymer and her alaka’i (assistant) sister Pearl Barido-Perkins & Kealakai Kapuniai-Ryan we opened this hula school in 2014. We are based in Eugene and offer classes in the Albany/Salem area and Sherwood. “Hele ‘ia ka ‘aina, ‘au’ai ‘ia ke kai, a hula pu kaua, ‘oiai lili kaua i ke aloha” (Together we walk the land, swim the ocean, and dance the hula…….together we share our aloha). We strive to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture through olelo (language), mele (song), hula (dance), oli (prayer) & history.

Ikebana with Nana Goto Bellerud

June 29, 2024 10:45 AM

Cultural Center

Nana Goto Bellerud started her Sogetsu School of ikebana study in 2005 and continues to be inspired and have new insights from its teachings. Nana demonstrates, exhibits, and teaches ikebana at a wide range of venues including the Portland Art Museum, Portland and Gresham Japanese Gardens, and various garden clubs and schools. Through her demonstrations and workshops, she seeks to introduce others to the art of ikebana and to intrigue and inspire them. Beyond simply producing a beautiful work of art with flowers and natural objects, she shows her audience how ikebana explores artistic concepts such as balance, contrast, and negative space. Nana has been creating and posting daily ikebana on Instagram (nana_bellerud) since the pandemic hit. Nana is currently serving as President of Ikebana International Portland Chapter #47 and Branch Director of Sogetsu Portland. She is also member of the Ikebana Iwaya Fund Board of Directors. Nana's Website: https://sogetsu-nana-g-bellerud.mystrikingly.com/

Indonesia Performing Arts of Oregon

June 29, 2024 1:15 PM

Asia Pacific West

Indonesian Performing Arts of Oregon (IPAO) is an Portland-based Indonesian dance troupe and cultural non-profit organization established officially in 2011. With the motto “Preserve – Share – Celebrate” IPAO has been active in promoting Indonesian cultures through the art of dance performances throughout Southwest Washington and Oregon. IPAO is proud to share and celebrate the richness of Indonesian culture and diversity in various cultural events.

Inna Kovtun

June 28, 2024 6:30 PM

Amphitheater

Inna Kovtun is a leading authority on traditional folk music, performer, cultural ambassador, a master of music, and a guardian of Ukrainian folklore. She is a true luminary in the world of folk music and ethnography. With a Master's in Music and a wealth of experience, she is the driving force behind several musical projects, including the "Rozhanytsya" folk ensemble, international music project ”EDK” and the ethno-rock band "Astarta." Her work has taken her around the globe, sharing the beauty and depth of Ukrainian music with diverse audiences.

Jan Michael Looking Wolf and Native Rose

June 29, 2024 4:45 PM

Amphitheater

A special performance by Global Music Award Lifetime Achievement Winning recording artist Jan Michael Looking Wolf and his band Native Rose. Jan is a member of the Kalapuya Tribe who are the first people of the Salem area and much of the Willamette Valley. The music of Native Rose includes a beautiful blend of vocals, Native American Flutes, acoustic guitars, indigenous chants, and Tribal percussion that share an inspirational message of everyone's connection to each other and Mother Earth.

Jim Enemark

June 30, 2024 5:15 PM

Americas

Virtuoso banjo player Jim Enemark brings his high-energy, fun vibes to World Beat!

Karate 4 Kids

June 29, 2024 11:15 AM

Asia Pacific East

Come and catch the action! You can even participate because EVERYONE can do Karate!

Los Tata Keris Alegres de Michocán

June 29, 2024 4:30 PM

Americas

The traditional Danza de Los Viejitos, or “dance of the little old men,” has its origins in Pre-Columbian Purepecha culture. The Purepecha Empire was located in Michoacan and rivaled that of the Aztecs (fun fact: the Purepecha were never conquered by their foes, the Aztecs, and defeated them in battle in the late 1400s.) The dance was created as a ritual to honor the god of fire. The four men represent the four directions of the Universe, North, South, East and West, and the four elements: earth, fire, air, and water.

Loveness Wesa

June 29, 2024 3:30 PM

Africa and Middle East

A world renowned artist specializing in both dance and music, Loveness Wesa, is originally from Zimbabwe. She has made the United States home for many years, and currently resides in Portland, Oregon. She has been using her talents to bring healing and entertainment to humanity and the world since childhood. Loveness enjoys creating ubuntu, meaning humanity towards others, in a gesture that reaches far beyond her local community. In every individual performance or event that she produces, she seeks to initiate a sense of love, peace and harmony as a way to transform negativity into a healing experience.

Miranda Coleman - Ukrainian Folk Dances

June 30, 2024 1:15 PM

Stepping Stage

Miranda Coleman is a Ukrainian-American folk dancer from Keizer, who has performed internationally. She is on the Oregon Culture Keepers roster.

Monmouth Taiko

June 29, 2024 11:30 AM

Amphitheater

Monmouth Taiko, based in the Willamette Valley area of Oregon, has been performing for twenty years. They travel around the Pacific Northwest sharing the powerful and charismatic sound of taiko music.

Natyavedha Bharatanatyam

June 29, 2024 3:45 PM

Asia Pacific East

Bharatnatyam classical dance

Nigerian Food Demonstration

June 30, 2024 3:30 PM

Cultural Center

Ola Elkanah, owner of Flourish Spices and African Food, will demonstrate how to prepare a tasty, Nigerian dish.

Nii Ardey Allotey & Ekome

June 30, 2024 3:30 PM

Amphitheater

Nii Ardey Allotey, a native of Ghana, began studying traditional dance and drumming at the tender age of 3. He has performed all over the world, from Russia to Japan. Ekome will perform some traditional dances and kpanlogo drumming, will explain the meaning of the songs and dances, and invite the audience to participate and have fun!

Nojeem Lasisi

June 29, 2024 5:15 PM

Africa/Middle East

The Nigerian talking drum has its roots in the Old Oyo Empire. The hourglass-shaped drums are made of wood and goat skin. The drummer is able to produce sounds that mimic the human voice and can alter the tone by applying pressure to leather bands that run between the two drum heads.

Nupuram

June 28, 2024 9:10 PM

Amphitheater

Nupuram will present a fire dance based on Classical Indian dance Kathak and other folk dances of India.

Ola Elkanah - Headdress Wrapping Demonstration

June 29, 2024 4:30 PM

Cultural Center

The gele is an African head wrap or head tie that has its roots in the Yoruba Tribe in the western African country of Nigeria. African women wear the gele as a sign of cultural reverence and respect at African events. Demonstrated by local business owner, Ola Elkanah, a native of Nigeria.

Oregon Chinese Coalition

June 30, 2024 1:00 PM

Amphitheatre

Dance groups. Their mission: To serve Chinese community with a shared vision and resources. Performances include: Jade Dance Team, Mulan Drum Team, and Phoenix Hanfu Team.

Oregon Country Line Dance Association

June 29, 2024 1:30 PM

Amphitheater

American style country line dancing!

Pachanga

June 30, 2024 5:00 PM

Amphitheater

Get up and dance! Pachanga brings a collection of tunes and rhythms from different regions of Latin-American and Caribbean islands and is a presentation of the Afro-Latin sounds and influences that have originated our varied music.

Parade of Nations

June 30, 2024 4:30 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

The parade originates at the African Village and proceeds through the festival grounds to the Amphitheater, where the amazing Ric Calipayan Dedicatoria will introcuce the represented countries. Wear the national dress of your birth, your forefathers’ land or your adopted country, and join us for this colorful and upbeat parade that embodies the spirit of the festival!

Paradise of Samoa

June 29, 2024 6:15 PM

Asia Pacific East

This non-profit group based in Keizer is comprised of thirty-five members and performs numerous Pacific Islands' dances from Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, and New Zealand. Their costumes are authentic and hand-made, and their show takes you on a very colorful dance tour of the Pacific!

Pascal Bokar's AfroBlueGrazz Band

June 29, 2024 7:00 PM

Amphitheater

AfroBlueGrazz is a celebratory musical group that generates an infectious groove - a fusion of textures and styles drawing from traditional musical genres that includes West African rhythms, melodies, and percussion fused with Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, R&B, and even Gospel. The pinnacle of versatility, talent, and musicianship, Pascal Bokar has made a name for himself in both the national and international music industry. Bokar impresses everyone with his innovative combination of musical styles, culminating into the unique genre of music he calls AfroBlueGrazz. The name derives from combining Afro-Funk, Blues, Bluegrass and Jazz. As a music composer, vocalist, and guitarist, he proudly expresses the musical textures of his Senegalese and Malian roots by including fiddle, balafon, and banjo with his AfroBlueGrazz Band, making a sound completely his own!

Petrykivka - Ukrainian Painting

June 29, 2024 12:15 PM

Cultural Center

Artist Sonia Voloshinov will share the history and stories behind this traditional Ukrainian art form.

Philippine Cebuanos & Friends Dance Troupe

June 30, 2024 11:00 AM

Asia Pacific West

The Philippine Cebuanos and Friends Dance Troupe had performed at the WB Festival since its inception under Marisa Newnam’s leadership. After Marisa’s retirement, we continued our mission to promote the Philippine culture through our cultural dances, songs, festivals and food. We made the community of new Filipino Americans aware that Diversity is alive and well in the Philippines as shown by our inclusion of tribal dances , authentic costuming and music of some indigenous Filipino tribes. This year we are performing with our friends from the Oregon State University students. Isang Bansang Pilipino (IBP) is the Filipino Student Association at Oregon State University (OSU). IBP exists for, but not limited to, the Filipino-American and Filipino-International students of OSU. We are open to all who are interested in learning about Filipino culture and history. We strive to educate the OSU community, and other surrounding communities, about Filipino culture through music and dance performances, food presentations, and other workshops discussing Filipino history and identity. Mabuhay!

Portland Belly Dance Extraordinaire

June 30, 2024 3:45 PM

Africa and Middle East

Belly dancing featuring: Morgan, Atalanta, Sahar, Ahndine, Laylah Jamal, Elinore Eden Edge, Kristen King, Chandni, Mismonsta, Jadeeika, Tahirah, and Sharla.

Portland Kalai Kuzhu

June 29, 2024 5:30 PM

Amphitheater

Portland Kalai Kuzhu (Pronounced as Kulu) is a local Portland based Non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and propagating the cultural arts and culture of the Tamil natives and immigrant community in Oregon. The very name of our organization Portland Kalai Kuzhu signifies the affinity and passion our volunteer Board and participating students and members have to promote and learn the folk and traditional arts from the state of Tamil Nadu, India.

Salem Chinese Golden Willow Dancers

June 29, 2024 10:15 AM

Asia Pacific West

The Chinese Golden Willow Dance Team was formed by a group of local Chinese women in August, 2018. They strive to share Chinese culture through traditional Chinese dances and music with the community.

Salem International Folk Dancers

June 29, 2024 12:45 PM

Stepping Stage

The Salem International Folk Dancers have been meeting since at least the 1940s. It is a recreational group that meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm at Salem Ballet Academy at 1795 Broadway. Our costumes are improvised. We welcome all dancers and offer sets of classes. We charge $3.00 per night and first time is free.

Salem Japanese Bon Dancers

June 30, 2024 12:00 PM

Asia Pacific West

Salem Japanese Bon Dancers is a group of people from the Salem area interested in sharing Japanese culture and traditions with others. They will perform 3 dances; 2 traditional “Bon” dances and 1 Japanese pop dance. Everyone is welcome to join us in these dances!

Salem Rueda de Casino

June 30, 2024 3:00 PM

Americas

Casino was developed in Havana, Cuba in the early 1950s. Casino traces its origin as a partner dance from Cuban Urban Son and Cuban Cha Cha Cha, while very similar to Salsa it is its own dance. Today, Casino De Rueda (Casino Wheel) as a group dance that is danced all over the world including Salem, OR. Our local group is Salem Rueda De Casino.

SamaZama Duo

June 29, 2024 1:45 PM

Stepping Stage

SamaZama Duo, Masumi Timson (Koto) & Joseph Harchanko (Cello), is a collaboration of the Koto – a Japanese traditional musical instrument and the Cello. SamaZama Duo combines the esoteric nature of traditional and contemporary Japanese music with tango, jazz, blues and western classical music, blending instruments and music of Eastern and Western cultures in a moving and uncommon musical synthesis. Their music combines these two widely divergent instruments with traditional and contemporary Koto works to create a vibrant musical soundscape that soothes and inspires.

Savannah & Native Dancers

June 30, 2024 11:15 AM

Americas Village

Traditional Native American dances.

Soul Music and Its Impact on Hip Hop

June 29, 2024 5:45 PM

Cultural Center

The crew from Global Heat will present an overview of Soul's impact and influence on Hip Hop.

Thai Papaya Salad Demo

June 30, 2024 12:30 PM

Cultural Center

The chefs from Big Blue Thai will demonstrate how to make a refreshing Thai Papaya Salad.

The Golden Flute

June 29, 2024 10:00 AM

Stepping Stage

Travel the world with the mystical sounds of Sherry and her golden flute. As a registered nurse, Sherry served with the American Red Cross during national disasters. She has also volunteered on international medical missions. Her unique improvisational style reflects serenity through sound.

Ukrainian Bandura with Tasha Huebner

June 29, 2024 1:45 PM

Cultural Center

Tasha is a 2 nd generation American whose parents were born in Ukraine and came to the US after WWII. She grew up in Chicago and was heavily involved in the large Ukrainian community there, taking bandura lessons from an early age, dancing in a Ukrainian folk dancing group, and attending Ukrainian school on Saturdays. Tasha studied for a year in Ukraine at Kyiv State University, and then worked there for several years, in Kyiv as well. Since moving to Oregon, Tasha has been involved with various Ukrainian organizations, and now devotes her energies to supporting the efforts of DAWN Inc., a non-profit organization that focuses on support for Ukraine in its fight for independence. By playing the bandura at various events, Tasha hopes to make more people aware of the rich and unique cultural identity of Ukraine and its people.

Ukrainian Borscht

June 30, 2024 2:00 PM

Cultural Center

Dominika Pukay will demonstrate the way to make a delicious Ukrainian borscht.

Ukrainian Folk Music with Inna Kovtun

June 29, 2024 3:15 PM

Cultural Center

Inna Kovtun is a leading authority on traditional folk music, performer, cultural ambassador, a master of music, and a guardian of Ukrainian folklore. She is a true luminary in the world of folk music and ethnography. With a Master's in Music and a wealth of experience, she is the driving force behind several musical projects, including the "Rozhanytsya" folk ensemble, international music project ”EDK” and the ethno-rock band "Astarta." Her work has taken her around the globe, sharing the beauty and depth of Ukrainian music with diverse audiences.

West African Cultural Arts Institute

June 29, 2024 1:30 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

West African Cultural Arts Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit cultural arts organization based out of Eugene, Oregon. WACAI’s mission is to share the joy and passion of Guinean culture through vibrant educational programs focusing on music and dance, advocating for authentic source artists from Guinea and creating charitable projects in Guinea that promote artistic, emotional, and physical health. WACAI’s programs include performances and community outreach events, school residencies and assemblies, and community drum and dance classes. Please check out WACAI at WestAfricanCulturalArts.org and follow on Facebook at West African Cultural Arts Institute and at WACAIOregon on Instagram.

White Lotus Dragon and Lion Dance

June 30, 2024 5:15 PM

Asia Pacific West

White Lotus first came together as a group of inspirational young individuals that wanted a way to not only spread cultural awareness but to make every celebration a memorable one. They perform throughout Portland and the Pacific Northwest for Chinese New Year’s, Lunar New Years, and more.

Willamette Valley Pipes & Drums

June 29, 2024 10:30 AM

Stepping Stage

The Willamette Valley Pipes and Drums is a non-profit organization with a three-fold mission: to serve our community by providing entertainment through Scottish music, to develop the musical abilities of our members, and to enjoy the friendship that we share because of our love of pipe and drum music.

Yeates Academy of Irish Dance

June 30, 2024 11:00 AM

Stepping Stage

For the Yeates Academy of Irish Dance: Founded in 1985, Oregon's longest running Irish dance school brings the beauty of Irish softshoe and the thunder of Irish hardshoe to the World Beat stage. Joined this year by their sister troupe, the MAC Irish Dancers from McMinnville, come enjoy this spectacular showcase from the Emerald Isle

Zingaresca Ensemble

June 29, 2024 6:45 PM

Stepping Stage

Zingaresca Ensemble is a product of collaboration between the celebrated Romani (“Gypsy”) virtuoso Vadim Kolpakov, the pioneer in the revival of the seven-string guitar Oleg Timofeyev, and the Juilliard-trained baritone Anton Belov. The ensemble interweaves classical Eastern European guitar heritage with the best traditions of the Romani, Jewish, and Ukrainian folk traditions. Since the theme of the festival is Ukraine, we will be happy to perform an all-Ukrainian set.

Chervona

June 28, 2024 7:45 PM

Amphitheater

Chervona is a multi-ethnic Eastern European-inspired band from Portland, Oregon, that formed in 2006. They have become known for their old world-inspired music and their highly energetic live shows.

Darka Dusty & the Borshch Beatniks

June 29, 2024 3:45 PM

Amphitheater

Darka Dusty is a life-long musician and singer living in Portland, Oregon. A powerful and versatile vocalist, Darka likes to genre-hop from American blues to jazz to country, as well as celebrate the big-voiced “folkloric” singing style stemming from her deep Ukrainian roots. The "Borshch Beatniks" band is a quintet which includes Darka's partner Miri Stebivka on guitar, her sister Natalia K. Burgess on mandolin and tight sisterly harmonies, Bernardo Gomes on double bass, Andrew Alikhanov on clarinet, and Darka Dusty Stebivka as the main vocalist and accordion player. Together they perform a unique variety of songs, including originals, unexpected covers, and Eastern-European, klezmer-tinged melodies. DD and the BBs are equally comfortable playing a well-known country song as they are an ancient Ukrainian song – offering a unique combination of tasty ingredients – which is what a good borshch is all about: There is is an eclectic vibe, whimsy, and joyful, musical celebration at every Darka Dusty & the Borshch Beatniks show.

Pascal Bokar's AfroBlueGrazz Band

June 29, 2024 7:00 PM

Amphitheater

AfroBlueGrazz is a celebratory musical group that generates an infectious groove - a fusion of textures and styles drawing from traditional musical genres that includes West African rhythms, melodies, and percussion fused with Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, R&B, and even Gospel. The pinnacle of versatility, talent, and musicianship, Pascal Bokar has made a name for himself in both the national and international music industry. Bokar impresses everyone with his innovative combination of musical styles, culminating into the unique genre of music he calls AfroBlueGrazz. The name derives from combining Afro-Funk, Blues, Bluegrass and Jazz. As a music composer, vocalist, and guitarist, he proudly expresses the musical textures of his Senegalese and Malian roots by including fiddle, balafon, and banjo with his AfroBlueGrazz Band, making a sound completely his own!

Global Heat & Fraggle Rock Crew

June 29, 2024 8:30 PM

Amphitheater

Global Heat has been called “the best of the Hip Hop, Jazz, R&B, and World Beat styles” [KLEW TV]” and “high-caliber artists” [Coordinator, Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Reno NV]. Soon after forming in Seattle WA, the band was featured at the 2006 Shanghai (China) International Music Festival. By 2009, the band released their first recorded album. In 2011, the group topped more than 50 bands to win the Jammin’ Challenge produced by Seattle Wave Radio and Hard Rock Cafe. In 2015, Global Heat was featured at TRIBE-olution’s show “Parallels in Motion” at the renowned Montbleu Theatre (Lake Tahoe, CA). Global Heat or individual members have worked with Black Eyed Peas, Con Funk Shun, Kanda Bongo Man, New Edition, Roger Fisher (co-founder of Heart), Massive Monkees; and shared billings with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Alan White Band, Baaba Maal, Cee Lo Green (The Voice), Macklemore, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, Jurassic 5, and others.

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