World cultures converge on Corydon
The annual World on the Square festival in downtown Corydon Saturday again will highlight cultural diversity in Southern Indiana.
The free, family-oriented festival, which began in 2000, will celebrate the region’s diverse heritage with international exhibits, cultural performances and ethnic foods from 4 to 8 p.m.
In addition to the European, Native American and African-American presence in the area, the festival notes the arrival of Spanish-speaking immigrants from Mexico and Central and South America and newcomers from the Middle and Far East.
Exhibit booths representing more than 30 nations and cultures will line the downtown square, and cultural music and dance will be ongoing. A sampling of the performers include Louisville’s Appalatin, which fuses mountain music with that from North and South America, David and M Roach, who offer Scottish and Irish jigs, and the Coco Yam Band, which joins West African and Latin and reggae grooves.
Children will receive a festival ‘passport’ that they can take to the international exhibits, where they can collect answers to questions that will earn a prize. They can also participate in international games and art projects, including sand painting, which has a rich history among the Navajo Indians for bringing about balance and healing.
World on the Square is hosted each year by Community Unity, a community group that promotes respect and dignity for all people, the broadening of understanding among different population groups and the peaceful resolution of conflict.
The festival sponsored by the Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Horseshoe Southern Indiana, The Arts Council of Southern Indiana, Youth Philanthropy of Indiana, Wal-Mart and other businesses and residents of Harrison County.
In case of inclement weather, the festival will be held at Corydon Central High School, south of downtown.
For more information about the festival, visit www.worldonthesquare.org.