Ethnic diversity in Cleveland will be celebrated with music and dancing

CLEVELAND (October 1, 2009) – This fall season the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to once again host the World Festival, an annual event that celebrates ethnic diversity in greater Cleveland. The World Festival will take place in the Rock Hall’s Main Lobby on Sunday, October 11 from Noon to 5 p.m. The event is FREE, however paid admission is necessary to tour the Rock Hall’s exhibits.

American, Brazilian, Chinese, Indian, Jamaican, Middle Eastern, Native American, Serbian and Ukrainian groups will provide entertainment for the afternoon in celebration of ethnic diversity from around the world. The array of talent scheduled to perform includes renowned dance ensemble the Chicago “Style” Steppers, who will be joined by the Cleveland Hand Dancers, reggae band NuHu, the Kashtan Ukrainian Dancers, Native American rock band Native Reign from New Mexico and the 1960s R&B vocal group the Hesitations, who scored with hit songs “Born Free” and “The Impossible Dream.”

Local musicians will also be widely represented. Cleveland’s own Brazilian jazz act Moises Borges and the Melos Serbian Ensemble will also be performing.  The Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble, under the direction of David Badagnani, will perform for the first time at the Festival, as well.

The World Festival will also welcome 15 year old dancer Mahima Venkatesh from India, 14 year old St. Louis R&B artist Mallori and belly dancer Meera Patel, who will all bring their exciting performances to the event for the first time. In addition, the Wind and Sand Dance Company will return this year and feature a lively belly dancing performance to dazzle the crowd.

Also adding their international flavor to the World Festival will be local vendors offering a diverse assortment of products, including arts and crafts, to the event.

As part of an ongoing community festival series at the Rock Hall, the World Festival offers the opportunity for Cleveland’s diverse communities to become more familiar with the Museum and the variety of music genres and cultures it celebrates.

For more information on this and other Community Festival series at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, please visit

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216.515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK or visit  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.