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Schedules

Main Stage  |  Cultural Stage  |  Cultural Discovery Tent  |  Culinary Discovery Pavilion

Polk County Board of Supervisors Main Stage

The Polk County Board of Supervisors Main Stage will feature Kat Perkins and Tony Bohnenkamp All Star Band.

Friday

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  |  Naturalization Ceremony
  • 1 – 2 p.m.  |  Ace Jones
  • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.  |  Lily DeTaeye
  • 4 – 5 p.m.  |  Joshua Sinclair
  • 5:30 – 7 p.m.  |  The Sheet
  • 7:30 – 9 p.m.  |  The Maytags
  • 9:30 – 11 p.m.  |  Kat Perkins

Saturday

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  |  Nationwide Cooking Challenge
  • 2 – 3 p.m.  |  Girls Rock! Des Moines
  • 3:30 – 5 p.m.  |  Punching Pandas
  • 5:30 – 7 p.m.  |  Parranderos
  • 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.  |  Birdchild
  • 9 – 11 p.m.  |  Tony Bohnenkamp All Star Band

Sunday

  • 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  |  NOLA
  • 1 – 2:30 p.m.  |  Brazilian 2wins
  • 3 – 3:10 p.m.  |  People’s Choice Winner Announced
  • 3:15 – 5 p.m.  |  David Zollo

Principal Cultural Stage

The Principal Cultural Stage features musicians and dancers showcasing culturally diverse performances.

Friday

  • 11:30 a.m. – Noon  |  Teri Underhill
  • 12:30 – 1 p.m.  |  Reid Miller: Banjo and Ukulele
  • 1:30 – 2 p.m.  |  Frank Strong: World Music
  • 2:30 – 3 p.m.  |  Pragnya Yogesh Dance Group
  • 3:30 – 4 p.m.  |  Dr. Jackie Thompson: Stories of Africa
  • 4:30 – 5 p.m.  |  Lena Gryn: Ukranian Dance
  • 5:30 – 6 p.m.  |  RJ Hernandez
  • 6:30 – 7 p.m.  |  Salsa DSM

Saturday

  • 11:30 a.m. – Noon  |  Reid Miller: World Barn Dance
  • 12:30 – 1 p.m.  |  Gateway Dance Theatre
  • 1:30 – 2 p.m.  |  Ima Kulture: African Rhythms
  • 2:30 – 3 p.m.  |  Salsa DSM
  • 3:30 – 4 p.m.  |  Jovenes Embajadores – Latino Heritage Festival
  • 4:30 – 5 p.m.  |  The Allionce, Lion Dance Team
  • 5:30 – 6 p.m.  |  Foy Irish Dance
  • 6:30 – 7 p.m.  |  Brazilian Beats

Sunday

  • 12:30 – 1 p.m.  |  Salsa DSM
  • 1:30 – 2 p.m.  |  Jovenes Embajadores – Latino Heritage Festival
  • 2:30 – 3 p.m.  |  Mackenzie Highlanders Pipes and Drums
  • 3:30 – 4 p.m.  |  Sevdah Dancers: Bosnian Dance
  • 4:30 – 5 p.m.  |  Soten Taiko

Cultural Discovery Tent

Programming Coordinated by CultureALL

Featuring a great mix of local ambassadors and fun activities, the Cultural Discovery Tent offers a virtual trip around the world with workshops, interactive presentations and hands-on activities. Support for the Cultural Discovery Tent is provided by the Iowa Arts Council – a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts.

Friday

Noon - 1:30 p.m. |  Mamta Israni – Spice of Life

The very distinctive tastes and smells of India come from the many daily uses of herbs and spices. CultureALL Ambassador Mamta Israni will discuss the different spices and herbs that are used in Indian culture to flavor food, for medicinal purposes, preservation and beauty treatments.

2 - 3:30 p.m.  |  Pragnya Yogesh – Indian Dance

Attendees will learn about various dances performed in India by learning the basics and foot works of classical dances, such as Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, and folk dances including Garba, Dhandiya Raas and Bollywood dances. Attendees will also have an opportunity to try on various costumes and jewelry used in Indian dances.

4 - 5:30 p.m.  |  Lena Gryn – Ukrainian Superstitions

Superstitions are a very big part of Ukrainian culture. Many of them are so common that they have become an inseparable part of everyday Ukrainian etiquette. Attend this session to learn more about these unique Ukrainian superstitions!

5:30 - 7 p.m.  |  R.J. Hernandez – Musical Tour of Mexico

Through this hands-on musical tour of Mexico, participants will learn the names of the different rhythms from each region of the country. Guided by R.J. Hernandez of the musical ensemble Las Guitarras de Mexico, festival-goers will have a chance to try various types of guitars and percussion instruments during the journey.

Saturday

Noon - 1:30 p.m. |  Reid Miller – Scottish Games

Games play a considerable part in Scottish culture. In this workshop, participants will learn some traditional Scottish games and dances, with an emphasis on valuable and universal lessons such as cooperation, fair play, gracious losing, and humble winning that apply in all nations and cultures. 

2 - 3:30 p.m.  |  Debi Tettey – Cultures of Togo

4 - 5:30 p.m.  |  Ana Rodriguez – Artesanias

Artesanias, brightly-colored handmade crafts, are an important part of Mexico's national identity. They are made for utilitarian and folk art purposes using indigenous and European techniques. Make your own artesania with with vibrant designs during this session while also learning about the important elements of Mexican culture such as food, art and family traditions. 

5:30 - 7 p.m.  |  Phoebe Liang D'Alessandro – Chinese Tea Culture

Learn the art of tea drinking with an educational presentation about the different types of tea, how tea trees are grown and processed, and how tea should be served. Different teas and tea wares will be on display, and attendees will be invited to try a couple of the teas from the presentation!

Sunday

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.  |  Vinh Nguyen – Vietnamese New Year Celebration

Tet Nguyen Dan, or Tet for short, is the most popular festival of the year in Vietnam – it's the Vietnamese New Year! Learn more about how and why they celebrate this longest holiday of the year in Vietnam, which includes decorating their houses and even a Tet tree to remember their ancestors. 

1:30 - 3 p.m.  |  Mohammad Ghnem – Desert Sands of Jordan

Come listen to stories of growing up as a Palestinian boy in Jordan, a country in the Fertile Crescent with a Mediterranean-style climate, snow-covered mountains and an arid desert plateau. Also enjoy a live demonstration of sand art that demonstrates how patience, adaptation and resourcefulness have allowed the people of Jordan to survive and prosper through the shifting sands of time.

3:30 - 5 p.m.  |  Eric Idehen – My Nigeria

Eric will enchant festival-goers with a glimpse into Nigerian culture by sharing personal photographs, clothing items and naira bills. They will learn about his journey to the United States and his road to success in his adopted country, as well as the orphanage Mr. Idehen built in Nigeria.

Meredith Culinary Discovery Pavilion

All weekend long, local chefs will demonstrate their culinary skills, offer samples of their delectable creations and share instructions of how to prepare them in the Meredith Culinary Discovery Pavilion. This is a can't-miss opportunity for anyone who enjoys live cooking demonstrations or is interested in expanding their recipe book.

Friday

  • 11 a.m.  |  Samantha Thomas, Global Soul Kitchen
  • Noon  |  Garry Dithmart & Phil Abad, 4th & Court Hy-Vee
  • 1 p.m.  |  Rebecca Goldsmith, Dough Moines
  • 3 p.m.  |  Josh McCurnin, Firebirds
  • 5 p.m.  |  Earvin Idio, Lumpia Co
  • 6 p.m.  |  Fresh Mediterranean

Saturday

  • 2 p.m.  |  Terrie Kohl, Country Club Market
  • 3 p.m.  |  Alex Carter, Black Cat Ice Cream
  • 4 p.m.  |  Nay Baccam, Hawaiian Grill
  • 5 p.m.  |  Rick McIntosh, McBlends
  • 6 p.m.  |  Samantha Thomas, Global Soul Kitchen
  • 7 p.m.  |  Kurt Poorman, Miss Molly's Jamaican Patty

Sunday

  • 11 a.m.  |  Alex Strauss, Westlakes Hy-Vee
  • Noon  |  Kerri Rush, Fresh Wheatgrass Girl
  • 1 p.m.  |  Kyle McClain & Nick Throckmorton, Hello, Marjorie
  • 2 p.m.  |  Joel Mahr, Primrose
  • 3 p.m.  |  Cyd Koehn, Cyd's Catering