The annual Americana World Festival: “Where Louisville Meets the World”℠ is a multicultural celebration held each summer.
This year’s Americana World Festival will take place on:
We hope you will join us for a fun day dedicated to the celebration of diversity!
FOOD & EXHIBITOR VENDOR APPLICATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL.
If you are interested in volunteering at the festival or donating supplies for the event, please contact us at 502-366-7813.
Louisville Metro Parks
Humana – CareSource
Passport Health Plan
Family Health Centers
Fifth Third Bank
23ND ANNUAL AMERICANA WORLD FESTIVAL MOVES TO IROQUOIS AMPHITHEATER
Poster created by local graphic designer, Sarah Adkins
Louisville, KY. April 19, 2013 – The twenty-third annual Americana World Festival: “Where Louisville Meets the World”℠ will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Americana World Festival is a free, family-oriented event that brings together members of the local community to share and celebrate the cultural heritages of the Louisville Metro community and the neighborhoods surrounding Americana Community Center.
For the first time in its history the festival will be held at Iroquois Amphitheater in Iroquois Park, thanks to a new partnership between the amphitheater and Americana.
“Our mission is to engage and enrich, so we’re always looking to make our programming more diverse and make sure we have something that appeals to everyone,” said Mike Slaton, manager of Iroquois Amphitheater. Slaton said arts and international programmings were two of the areas of programming most in need of development, so hosting the festival was a perfect fit.
“One of the great things about the South End is it’s really one of the most diverse areas in Louisville,” said Slaton. “There are so many from the international community in the neighborhoods around us, so we reached out to see if there were things we could partner with Americana on.”
The festival not only brings more of the public to the amphitheater but also to a part of town many in the community only think they know.
“It’s wonderful for us to serve our immediate community and be an asset to draw people to the South End,” said Slaton. “Hopefully, this will help correct some misconceptions and show people that this is a more complex area than they thought.”
Each year, festival-goers enjoy a full day of performances, food, and fun. Entertainment this year will include local favorites Appalatin, The Monarchs, and all-lawyer band 100% Legal. A Kids Zone, sponsored by Passport Health Plan, will feature activities for children, such as face-painting, arts and craft s and games until 7 p.m. A variety of food and beverages will be sold by on-site vendors. International crafts and other goods will be available for purchase from local artists and vendors. Several community organizations and nonprofits will also be on-hand, as a service to the public. There will also be a raffle for prizes from several area businesses. The raffle grand prize will be $500 cash. Raffle tickets cost $1 each and can be purchased in advance at participating ValuMarket locations and at the festival on the day of the event at the Americana booth. You do not need to be present to win.
In 2012, over 6,000 community members attended Americana World Festival, which has become an integral part of the international community’s experience in Louisville. Americana Community Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works with individuals and families from 92 different countries of origin and 35 Louisville Metro zip codes. Americana Executive Director Edgardo Mansilla notes, “We are very happy to fulfill our commitment to work with the international and local community, providing a place where people can build relationships and connections from all over the globe. This is what makes our hometown a first-class city. We completely agree with Mayor Greg Fischer when he says that in order to be successful Louisville must embrace the international community.”
Americana World Festival 2013 will be brought to you by Americana Community Center and Iroquois Amphitheater with the generous support of our founding sponsor, ValuMarket, and gold sponsors Passport Health Plan, Humana CareSource, and WFPL. Additional sponsors include: Family Health Centers, Fifth Third Bank, PNC Bank, TARC, Yum! Brands, and AARP Kentucky.