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Be a part of what has been called the largest celebration of diversity in history.

Make a Difference When the World Needs It Most

Past World Culture Festival events have been attended by more than 6 million people from 155 countries.  We’ve partnered with more than 50,000 performers and 25,000 religious and spiritual leaders from all faiths and traditions to create a tidal wave of positivity and enthusiasm that participants take home with them to uplift their communities.

Whether you’re a performer, a speaker, a leader in your community, or simply someone who cares about spreading peace and joy, click the link below to learn how YOU can take part and make a difference when the world needs it most.

World Culture Festival Events

Dates & Locations Coming Soon

Alabama, Birmingham

Alaska, Anchorage

Arizona, Phoenix

California, Los Angeles

California, Sacramento

California, San Francisco

Colorado, Denver

Connecticut, New Haven

Georgia, Atlanta

Illinois, Chicago

Kansas, Kansas City

Michigan, Detroit

Minnesota, Nashville

Mississippi, Tupelo

Missouri, St. Louis

New Jersey, Newark

New York, New York City

North Carolina, Charlotte

North Carolina, Raleigh

North Carolina, Winston-Salem/Greensboro

Ohio, Columbus

Oregon, Portland

South Carolina, Columbia

Texas, Dallas

Tennessee, Nashville

Virginia, Virginia Beach

Washington DC

Washington, Seattle

Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Confirmed Host Committee Members

ALABAMA

Carol Clarke

Birmingham city council member

Rex Jones

President of Cougar Oil

Marty Howell

General Manager of H T Hackney

Lee Sentell

Alabama’s Tourism Department Director

Rosemary Johnson

Executive Director of the Alabama Dance Council

Jen West

Award-winning writer & director

Ashley Jones

Alabama’s Poet Laureate

Alaska

Ashish Agrawal

Senior VP, Guernsey

Dr. Maria Williams

Director, Alaska Native Studies

Darling Anderson

Youth Representative and Cultural Heritage Coordinator Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc

Amanda Dale

Director of Cross-Cultural Programs, Alaska Humanities Forum

Denise Runge

Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor, University of Alaska, Anchorage

California
(Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco)  

Julie Castro Abrams

Founder/Managing Partner BoardLeaders.com, How Women Invest, How Women Lead

Christopher Clark

Folsom Cordova School Board Member

Dr James Doty

Founder CCARE, Stanford University

Peter Kuo

Vice Chair of California Republican Party

Tony Stayner

VC, Board member water.org

Ajay Bhutoria

White House Commissioner

Dave Cortese

State Senator

Dr Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola

Founding Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at the UC Davis Health System

Mary Yin Liu

National President, APAPA

Rev. Carolyn Wilkins.

CEO Inspirational Ministries

Willie Brown

Former Mayor of San Francisco

Beth Cross

President & CEO, Ariat International

Kailash Joshi

TiE Founding Member/ Entrepreneur / VC

Richa Moorjani

Actress

The Honorable Judy Chu

Member of Congress

Jessica Cruz

CEO, NAMI California

Kevin Kiley

California Assembly Member

Kitty O'Neal

Well-known Sacramento news anchor

COLORADO

Dr Christine O'Brien

MD, Veterans Association

Congressman
Ed Perlmutter

Congressman

Mayor Wade Troxel

Mayor Emeritus of Fort Collins

CONNECTICUT

Anne Calebresi

Founding Director

Shelley Quiala

Executive Director of the International Festival of Arts and Idea

Reverend Kevin Ewing

United Church on the Green

Kelli Gibson

Racial Justice Resource Coordinator, Episcopal Church in Connecticut

Sara Ohly, PhD

Board Member URI, Yale Scool for the Environment

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Tonya Kinlow

VP Community Engagement and Government Affairs at Children’s National Hospital

Courteney Monroe

CEO of National Geographic Networks

Sanjay Pradhan

CEO of The Open Government Partnership

Georgia

Erick Allen

Georgia State Representative

Rina Gupta

Public Relations Director at 27th Investments

Judge Neera Bahl

Judge, Director, State Board of Workers' Compensation

John R. Naugle

Founder & CEO for Atlanta: City of Peace, Inc.

Mr. Rodney Mims Cook Jr.

Founder and President of the National Monuments Foundation

Rashaana Shah

Serial Entrepreneur, Producer and Actor

Felicia Franklin

Commissioner Clayton County

Jagdish N. Sheth

Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Business in the Goizueta Business School at Emory University

Illinois

Raja Krishnamoorthi

Congressman

Sharon Steffensen

Editor and publisher, Yoga Chicago Magazine

Susana Mendoza

Illinois State Comptroller

Judge Kavita Athanikar

Judge in DuPage County

Pat Merryweather

Director, Rotary International Executive Director at Project Patient Care

Senator Tony Muñoz

Illinois State Senator

KANSAS

Anita Brenner

Director Project Management Office at Saint Luke’s Health System

Sean Khurana

CEO, Cavern Technologies, a Lightedge Company

Swati Yelmar

Founder and President, Saicon

Ritu Daga

Founder, Nartan Academy

Mike Neal

COO, Johnson County Community College

Rosemary Gudlej

Senior Advisor, Public Affairs of water.org

Shalin Shah

Conceptual Design Manager & Chief Culture Officer, Black and Veatch

Ron Jones

Program Director of KCUR 89.3 (local NPR affiliate)

Joy Stevenson

Director, Senior Internationalizations Officer, University of Missouri Kansas City

MIchigan

Ashok Baddi

Ex-President, Michigan Indian American Democratic Caucus

Dr Anil Kumar

Physician

Dr. Hirsch Pescovitz

President of Oakland University

MISSISSIPPI

Natalia Morris

Singer and Songwriter, American Blonde

Robert Sanders

Board of Aldermen, Cleveland, MS

Orlando Paden

Mississippi House of Representatives

Senator Sarita Simmons

Member of Mississippi State Senate

Jerry Patel (Babu)

President of Indian American International Chamber of Commerce, Mississippi chapter

Commissioner Willie Simmons

Commissioner of Transportation Mississippi

Tracey Rosebud

Mississippi House of Representatives

MISSOURI

Gary Budoor

City Council Member

Dr. Tim Ricker

Superintendent of Rockwood School District

Dr. G. V. Naidu

President of India Associates

Dr. Sam Page

County Executive, St. Louis County, MO

Dr. Sharad Parikh

Board of Trustee, Gujarati Samaj

Jack Sisk

Founder Living Insight

Ashwin Patel

Veteran entreprenor with high political connections

NEW JERSEY

Dini Ajmani

Deputy Assistant Secretary at the United States Treasury

Tom Kean

former NJ State Senator and Minority leader

Meredith Blount

Executive Director of NAMI, NJ

Dr Achintya Moulick

CEO of CarePoint

Michelle E. Dickinson

Workplace Mental Health Strategist and Resilience Coach, Author

Harpreet Pall, MD, MBA, CPE

Chair and Professor, Department of Pediatrics Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine

Arthur Kapoor

President and CEO of HealthEC

NEW YORK

Bruce Knotts

Director, Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the United Nations

Gordon A Tapper

Founder, Give Them a Hand Foundation

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

Congresswoman

Dr Thomas Wolfe

President and CEO, lliff school of Theology

Dr. Patrick M. O’Shaughnessy

President and CEO Catholic Health System

Falguni Shah

Artist

NORTH CAROLINA

(Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston-Salem/ Greensboro)

Dimple Ajmera

City Council Member

Rev Elizabeth Forrest

Pastor, Unity Church

Vi Lyles

Mayor, City of Charlotte

Mayor Woody Washam

Mayor, Cornelius

Jason Bernd

President and COO of Novant Health

Rick Gannotta

Health Sector Executive / Professor / Independent Director

Elaine Marshall

North Carolina Secretary of State

Ivan Canada

Executive Director at NCCJ

Mohammad Jenatian

President of Greater Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance

Vinay Patel

President of Sree Hospitality; Board member at UNC Chapel Hill

Senator Jay Chaudhuri

State Senator

Mayor Allen Joines

Mayor - Winston salem

Walker Reid

Mayor of Gastonia

OHIO

Senator Niraj Antani

Ohio Senator, Republican

Judge Julie Lynch

Judge

John Patterson

Member of the Ohio House of Representatives

OREGON

The Honorable Earl Blumenauer

US House of Representatives

Raj Patel

CFO BHG Hotels

Dr. Bukhosi Dube

Chief Medical Officer, Cascadia

Stephen Percy

President of Portland State University

Lew Frederick

Oregon State Senator

Michael Allen Harrison

Professional Musician, Songwriter and Pianist

South Carolina

Dr. Aditi Bussells

City Council Member, City of Columbia

TENNESSEE

Maneet Chauhan

Celebrity Chef

TEXAS

Sharad Amin

Board Member and ex President of Hindus of Greater Houston

Danetta Bland

Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, The University of North Texas System

Jin-Ya Huang

Founder, Breaking Bread Breaking Borders

Senator Angela Paxton

State Senator

Raj Asava

North Texas Food Bank/ Hunger Mitao/ Asava Consulting

Gitesh Desai

President of SEWA International Houston

Julie Johnson

Texas state representative Congress woman

Neal Samstrek

President University of North Texas

LaSharndra "Sharn" Barbarin

CEO Medical City Lewisville

Greg Hansch

Executive director NAMI Texas

Steve Love

President & CEO - DFW Hospital Council

District Attorney Greg Willis

Collin County’s chief prosecutor

Gurshuman Baweja

CIO of Texas instruments

Amy Lewis Hofland

Executive Director of the Crow Museum of Asian Art and part of the Dallas City Charter of Compassion

Ashok Mago

Padma Shri awardee, Chairman & CEO, Mago & Associates

VIRGINIA

Dr. Augustine Agho

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Old Dominion University (ODU)

Bobby Dyer

Virginia beach Mayor

Elaine Luria

Congresswoman

Andrew Nusbaum

Partner at S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.

Dr. Craig Wansink

Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and the Joan P. and Macon F. Brock, Jr. Director of the Robert Nusbaum Center at Virginia Wesleyan University

G. Robert Aston Jr.

Executive Chairman of TowneBank

Mekbib L. Gemeda

Vice President, Diversity, EVMS

Andria McClellan

Norfolk Councilwoman

Nancy Rogan

Community Engagement Officer at WHRO Public Media

Damen Watson

Director, Caring Hands VA

Harshad K. Barot

Vice President and Financial Adviser, Galaxy Group Corp

Donald Z. Goldberg

Councilman, Suffolk Virginia

Michael P. Mullin

Virginia State Delegate

Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond

Founder & Chairwoman of the Virginia African American Cultural Center, Inc

Michael Berlucchi

City Council Member, City of Virginia Beach

Dr. Ebenezer F. Kolajo

Director of Assessment and Interim, Vice Provost of Norfolk State University

Dr. Rajiv Nanavaty

Neurology Specialist

Dr. Dilip Sarkar

Former Associate Professor of Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School & Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Staff at Portsmouth General Hospital

WASHINGTON

Senator Mona Das

Washington senator

Manka Dhingra

Washington State Senator

Donna Lurie

NAMI Eastside Board President

WISCONSIN

Pardeep Singh Kaleka

Executive Director of Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee

Eric Salzwedel

Founder, Do Good Wisconsin