Travel the world without ever leaving the 49th Ward. Dance to the beat of music as diverse as our community and sample flavors from every continent on the planet at the 10th Annual Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival Saturday, July 18th (1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.) and Sunday, July 19th (1:00 to 10 p.m.) on Clark Street between Morse and Estes. I am proud to join the lead sponsor–the Rogers Park Business Alliance–in bringing this marvelous festival to Rogers Park.
Picked by ChicagoTraveler.com for the“Editor’s Choice Award” and critically acclaimed and recognized by the Chicago Reader for its eclectic musical lineup, this world music street party continually breaks the mold of Chicago’s predictable street festivals. “Make no mistake–the live music acts rival, if not exceed some of those at the Taste or anything else you could find at a Grant Park fest.” – allvoices.com
With two stages of live World Music (curated by Sound Culture Center for Global Arts), Celebrate Clark Street has grown from a large block party into one of Chicago’s most renowned and unique street festivals, attracting over 25,000 people annually. The festival has become a mecca for concert and festival goers and Chicago’s hippest “globalistas.” It highlights folkloric music and dance from around the world and cutting edge international touring bands, redefining the world music genre.
Celebrate Clark Street welcomes families. Circus acts will be performing throughout the festival area, and family activities will include Zumba, face painting, arts & crafts and much more. This year, the organizers are very excited to introduce to the festival Dave Ford’s interactive sonic sculpture. This dynamic art piece is a musical combination of swings, chimes and drums that kids of all ages will enjoy.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the festival, a group of artists will be painting a mural on Clark St. Come on by and see the wall be transformed to a beautiful piece of public art for all of us to enjoy.
The festival is known for hosting many outstanding and critically acclaimed artists and showcasing the diversity of the neighborhood. Headliners include Bossa Tres, Novalima, Opposition Party, and Systema Solar. Celebrate Clark Street also welcomes Centavrvs, Cumbiasazo Kids, Ensemble Surabhi, Funkadesi, Glenwood Dance Studio, Kinobe & Wamu Spirit, Royale Polynesian Revue, Sangre Michoacana, Seneke West African Percussion Ensemble, and a parade and music from Rogers Park’s Hare Krishna community.
Suggested Donation: $5 per person, $10 per family.
My staff and I will be at the festival both days taking city service requests. Look for the 49th Ward Satellite Service Office booth, and enjoy the festival!
I look forward to what promises to be a very fun weekend in Rogers Park!