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2019 Schedules

Main Stage  |  Cultural Stage  |  Culinary Discovery Pavilion  |  Cultural Discovery Experience

Happy Hour with Veridian Credit Union

Friday, Sept. 20, 2019  |  4 – 6 p.m.

Join us for a Festival happy hour at The Festival Front Porch sponsored by Veridian Credit Union, featuring international beer sampling and lawn games while enjoying the live music from the Polk County Board of Supervisors Main Stage. Veridian will be providing cool color-changing cups while supplies last. Come early for a cup — it'll get you $1 off your drinks during happy hour! FREE to attend!

Polk County Board of Supervisors Main Stage

The Polk County Board of Supervisors Main Stage will feature Vertical Horizon and B2wins.


  • 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  |  Naturalization Ceremony
  • 1 – 2 p.m.  |  Darian Taylor
  • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.  |  Joshua Sinclair
  • 4 – 5 p.m.  |  Rob Lumbard
  • 5:30 – 7 p.m.  |  Lily DeTaeye
  • 7:30 – 9 p.m.  |  The Maytags
  • 9:30 – 11 p.m.  |  B2wins


  • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  Nationwide Cooking Challenge
  • 2 – 3 p.m.  |  Girls Rock! Des Moines
  • 3:30 – 5 p.m.  |  Parranderos
  • 5:30 – 7 p.m.  |  NOLA
  • 7:30 – 9 p.m.  |  Decoy
  • 9:30 – 11 p.m.  |  Vertical Horizon


  • 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  |  Dueling Fiddles
  • 1 – 2:30 p.m.  |  Of Sea and Stone
  • 3 – 3:10 p.m.  |  People’s Choice Winner Announced
  • 3:15 – 5 p.m.  |  The Sheet

Principal Cultural Stage

The 2019 Principal Cultural Stage will feature musicians and dancers showcasing culturally diverse performances.


  • 11:30 a.m. – Noon  |  Breakerz DMI
  • 12:30 – 1 p.m.  |  Emmett Phillips
  • 3:30 – 3:45 p.m.  |  Ballet Des Moines
  • 4:30 – 5 p.m.  |  Abe Goldstien
  • 5:30 – 6 p.m.  |  Vera and Sergiy Babich
  • 6:30 – 7 p.m.  |  Jovenes Embajadores – Latino Heritage Festival


  • 11:30 a.m. – Noon  |  Manabiya
  • 12:30 – 1 p.m.  |  Gateway Dance Theatre
  • 1:30 – 2 p.m.  |  Eshanjali
  • 2:30 – 3 p.m.  |  Foy Irish Dance
  • 3:30 – 4 p.m.  |  Filipino National Dance
  • 4:30 – 5 p.m.  |  Tavita Taueetia
  • 5:30 – 6 p.m.  |  Soten Taiko
  • 6:30 – 7 p.m.  |  Jon Marko


  • 12:30 – 1 p.m.  |  Mackenzie Highlanders
  • 1:30 – 2 p.m.  |  Cucho Madero
  • 2:30 – 3 p.m.  |  Blissful Sunrise – American Tribal Belly Dance
  • 3:30 – 4 p.m.  |  Iowa Nepalese Association
  • 4:30 – 5 p.m.  |  Jovenes Embajadores – Latino Heritage Festival

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.


  • 11 – 11:30 a.m.  |  Happy Little Plants
  • Noon – 12:30 p.m.  |  Perparim Babalija – Kosovan Cuisine
  • 1 – 1:30 p.m.  |  Bistro Nomad
  • 3 – 3:30 p.m.  |  Sam Thomas – Global Soul Kitchen
  • 5 – 5:30 p.m.  |  Kyle McClain – Bellhop and Hello Marjorie
  • 6 – 6:30 p.m.  |  Mamta Israni – Indian Cuisine


  • 2 – 2:30 p.m.  |  Perparim Babalija – Kosovan Cuisine
  • 3 – 3:30 p.m.  |  Rick McIntosh – McBlends
  • 4 – 4:30 p.m.  |  Stephen Yeakey-Hill – Panka Peruvian Restaurant
  • 5 – 5:30 p.m.  |  Shaimaa Aly – Egyptian Cuisine
  • 6 – 6:30 p.m.  |  Kerri Rush – Fresh Wheatgrass Girl
  • 7 – 7:30 p.m.  |  Rosalie Owens – Italian Cuisine


  • 11 – 11:30 a.m.  |  Nay Baccam – Hawaiian Grill
  • Noon – 12:30 p.m.  |  Perparim Babalija – Kosovan Cuisine
  • 1 – 1:30 p.m.  |  Hassan Atarmi – Fresh Mediterranean
  • 2 – 2:30 p.m.  |  RJ Hernandez – Mexican Cuisine
  • 3 – 3:30 p.m.  |  Cyd's Catering

Cultural Discovery Experience

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.




CultureALL Programming Descriptions 

My Nigeria

CultureALL Ambassador, Eric Idehen will enchant Festival guests with a glimpse into Nigerian culture by sharing personal photographs, clothing items and naira bills. Guests will learn about Eric's journey to the United States and his road to success in his adopted country, as well as the orphanage Eric built in Nigeria.

Scottish Games and Recreation

Games play a considerable role in Scottish culture. Traditional Scottish games include tossing things like stones, cabers (tapered poles), cow pies (dried, of course), bools (big marbles), and so on. Other games include hopscotch, tig (tag), plain clappy, dancing, music playing, and more, often accompanied by poem or rhyme. In this workshop, guests will learn some 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.

Japanese Children's Games

This interactive workshop provides guests with an introduction to Japan’s geography, language, greetings, fashion, cuisine, housing and tradition. CultureALL Ambassador, Miki Takayama will demonstrate how Japanese traditional clothing (Kimono) is worn and provide an overview of Japanese culture with picture cards. Guests will have an opportunity to try out traditional wooden toys and games and learn the art of origami (paper folding) to create their own 3-D paper sculptures without using scissors or glue.

Moon Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival also known as the Moon Festival is one of China’s largest annual celebrations. It is also celebrated by the people of Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea, and the Philippines.This workshop explores some of the history and traditions of the Moon Festival. Guests will learn about the history behind the Moon Festival celebration, explore the animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac and the Chinese calendar and create their very own Chinese lantern.

Education in Thailand

Through this workshop guests will be introduced to the educational system in Thailand by Suthiphon Hudson. Guests will learn about the life of a student in Thailand and how the schools there differ from American schools. They will experience the traditional aspects of the Thai curriculum and the mandatory classes on Thai dance and Muay Thai kickboxing that go along with the math and sciences. Guests will learn about what it’s like to grow up in Thailand and the typical day of a Thai student, from traveling to school in a tuk-tuk to attending class in an open-air classroom to wearing the standardized school uniform and haircut. Guests will also have the chance to create a fish out of ribbon, a favorite of many Thai students.

Indian Dance

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

Storytelling with Japanese Masks

Since the 14th century, masks have been used in Japanese Noh (traditional literature) and Kyogen (comedic) theatre plays. Masks have also played a part in Japanese festival and Taiko drum performances to celebrate special holidays or seasons. In this workshop, guests will see and learn about a few iconic Japanese masks and their history in theatre plays and folktales. The presentation will also have a few popular Anime theme masks. Afterwards, guests will have an opportunity to design their own Japanese mask.

Songs That Tell the American Story

Music has always played a key role in telling the American story. Professional musician, Frank Strong will provide an overview of U.S. history and geography through its popular folk songs. Guests will hear songs that reflect many aspects of American life and explore their origins and meanings. Many sing-along songs are included. 

Moroccan Mosaic

Zellige is mosaic tilework made from individually chiseled geometric tiles set into a plaster base. This form of Islamic art is one of the main characteristics of Moroccan architecture.  This workshop explores some of the history and traditions of the mosaic designs.  Guests will learn about the Islamic art, explore the variety of designs and create their very own design.

The Ancient Art of Mehndi

The art form of applying henna (known as mehndi) has been a part of many cultures for thousands of years. In this presentation, guests will learn about the history and significance of mehndi and create their own intricate designs and patterns on notecards and/or hands.

West African Drumming

Guests will learn about the history of West African drumming and the celebration of a Senegalese village. Activities will include song, drumming and dance from Senegal and other West African nations.