Join us for Tallahassee’s inaugural World Culture Festival, a celebration of the diversity of cultures and faiths found both in Tallahassee and around the world!

The day will be an educational celebration of culture and relationship, where we come together through food, art, performance, music, and stories, with an aim not to convert, but instead to connect.

This festival is also a chance to support refugees. All participating vendors and food trucks will be donating a percentage of their earnings to the International Rescue Committee. Founded in 1933 at Einstein’s request, the IRC delivers lifesaving care to people fleeing conflict and natural disaster and is one of the highest-ranking nonprofits for accountability, transparency, and efficient use of contributions. The local office is assisting over 140 refugees currently living in our community.

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This event is open to the entire community and is completely FREE to attend. We're just glad to have you come be a part! The event runs from 10:00am to 6:00pm and there will be performances and interactive activities throughout the day.

Performers/Classes

  • AfriKana
  • Bachata Lesson with the Studio D Dancers
  • Bagels and Biscuits - Jewish Southern Rock
  • Bollywood Squad
  • ChannelPYRO - Eclectic R&B
  • Congolese Refugee Women's Choir
  • FAMU Gospel Choir
  • More Performers...

Food Trucks

  • Caribbean Crossroads
  • El Criollo Grill
  • Fired Up Pizza
  • Julio's Food on the Move
  • Lansang Pinoy
  • Rankin Tacos
  • Red Eye Coffee

Vendors

  • April's Got Glass - Fused glass and Judaica Arts
  • Aydin Çayır Caligrafi
  • Beauty of a Black Woman - jewelry
  • Bread a'la Turca - Turkish and Greek breads
  • East African Community Food Booth
  • Eclectic Souls Henna
  • Elvi Nichols - Paintings
  • More Vendors...

Groups

  • Apalachee Indian Nation
  • Forgiveness Foundation
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Islamic Center of Tallahassee
  • Istanbul Cultural Center
  • Peace Corps
  • Shirdi Sai Sathsang Hindu Community
  • More Groups...

Schedule Breakdown

  • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Welcome & Opening Ceremonies (Stage #1)
  • 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Afro Samba by Omega (Stage #1)
  • 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Studio D Latin Dance (Stage #3)
  • 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM Zumba Class with Karen Chi (Stage #2)
  • 11:00 AM - 11:10 AM Jacob Chapel Baptist Church Spoken Word (Stage #1)
  • 11:00 AM - 11:20 AM ChannelPYRO (Stage #3)
  • 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Bachata Lesson w/ the Studio D Dancers (Stage #2)
  • 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM The Mountain Dew Cloggers (Stage #1)
  • 11:25 AM - 12:00 PM Shirdi Sai Sathsang (Stage #3)
  • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Sitar with Christopher Seepersaud (Stage #3)
  • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Azúcar Dance Company (Stage #1)
  • 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM TCC African Drum & Dance Ensemble (Stage #1)
  • 12:45 PM - 1:00 PM Omega Bellydance (Stage #3)
  • 1:00 PM - 1:08 PM Gauri Joshi (Stage #3)
  • 1:08 PM - 1:20 PM Omega Khaleegy (Stage #3)
  • 1:20 PM - 1:30 PM Lebanese Dabke Lesson w/ Omega (Dance Studio)
  • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM FSU Andean Ensemble (Stage #1)
  • 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Tallahassee Irish Step Dancers (Stage #1)
  • 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Tai Chi Demonstration & Class by the Taoist Tai Chi Society (Stage #2)
  • 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM Sacred Harp Shape Note Singing (Dance Studio)
  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Mau'oli'oli Dancers (Stage #1)
  • 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Hula Lesson with the Mau'oli'oli Dancers (Stage #2)
  • 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Viva Flamenco (Stage #1)
  • 3:00 PM - 3:05 PM International Rescue Committee (Stage #1)
  • 3:05 PM - 3:30 PM Congolese Refugee Women's Choir (Stage #1)
  • 3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Interactive Unity Circle (Stage #2)
  • 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM Bagels & Biscuits (Stage #1)
  • 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM Libby O'Neill (Stage #3)
  • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Renaissance Dance Lesson with Octavio de Flores (Stage #2)
  • 4:45 PM - 5:00 PM BollySquad (Stage #1)
  • 4:35 PM - 4:45 PM LaiTaras Hip Hop Dancing (Stage #3)
  • 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM Salsa Lesson w/ the Corazón Dancers (Dance Studio)
  • 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM FAMU Gospel Choir (Stage #1)
  • 5:00 PM - 5:15 PM AfriKana (Stage #2)
  • 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Closing Ceremonies (Stage #1)

Find out more about the various groups and performances on our Facebook page and share with your friends using the hashtag #WCFTally.

Festival Location and Parking

Good Samaritan UMC

Disabled, Volunteer, and Particpant parking will be available on the church campus. Simply turn right after entering the parking lot.

For all others, parking will be available across the street in the DataMaxx, First District Court of Appeal and Tallahassee Health Center parking lots. There will be police and parking attendants to direct you and to assist in crossing the street.

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All Vendors

One of the most powerful ways to share culture is through art, craft, and food. Tables offering information about various religious and cultural beliefs and practices, as well as craft vendors showcasing art, music, and food from around the world will be part of the event. Our intention is that this festival will provide an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about faiths, philosophies, and cultures different from their own through interaction. The focus should be on information and education, not condemnation or conversion.

  • April's Got Glass - Fused glass and Judaica arts and menorahs

  • Aydin Çayır Caligrafi

  • Beauty of a Black Woman - jewelry

  • Bread a'la Turca - Turkish and Greek breads

  • East African Community Food Booth

  • Eclectic Souls Henna

  • Elvi Nichols -Paintings showcasing Colombian scenes

  • Halimeda's Oasis - clothing and costumes from various cultures, including Middle Eastern

  • King D3 - musician

  • Mary Proctor - Folk Artist

  • Society of Creative Anachronism Food - Demonstrating medieval food preparation from Europe

  • Tranquil Journey

  • Temple Israel Food Booth - Highlighting traditional Jewish cuisine

  • Thorn's Creations - Native American bone carvings

  • Two Feathers Indian Center - Native American clothing, jewelry, and more

  • Windfeather's Weavings - Dreamcatchers

Vendor FAQ

  • What are the fees associated?

    We charge no base fee to be a part of the festival, but ask that all vendors donate a percentage (of their choosing) of their profits to the International Rescue Committee.

  • When does site open for set-up?

    We will open the site for setup at 6:00 AM.

  • How long are we required to be there?

    The event lasts from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. All vendors must be there, and setup, by 9:30 AM unless given special permission otherwise, and must stay the full length of the event.

  • Can we serve alcohol?

    No, we are not permitted to have alcohol on our campus per UMC rules.

  • Can we have an open flame?

    No

  • Can we have a generator?

    No

  • How large is the booth space?

    Each vendor will receive a 10x10ft space. Vendors must provide their own tables/tents, etc. as necessary. If you need special accommodation in some way, please email wcftally@gmail.com.

  • Where should I park/check in?

    All vendors should check in on campus. Simply turn into the church parking lot from Capital Circle and then turn right to find our Volunteer Coordinator who will direct you to your booth space and where to park.

  • Can I get access to electricity for my booth?

    We have a very limited number of booths which can have electricity. If you require this, please email wcftally@gmail.com to see if any spaces are still available.

  • What surface are the booths on?

    All booth space is on grass and tents may be staked into the ground.

  • How many attendees are you expecting?

    It's a bit tricky to estimate since this is our first year hosting the event. However, as of January 14th, we are expecting approximately 200 participants and a total of 700-900 attendees over the course of the day.

All Performers

Expressions of culture and belief vary across the globe and we would like to showcase these traditions. We brought together local dancers, singers, poets, musicians, and story-tellers to share their talents. Performances and interactive engagements will be scheduled throughout the course of the event. Enjoy the performances or jump in for a class!

  • AfriKana

  • Bachata Lesson with the Studio D Dancers

  • Bagels and Biscuits - Jewish Southern Rock

  • Bollywood Squad

  • ChannelPYRO - Jazz-Infused Hip-Hop

  • Congolese Refugee Women's Choir

  • FAMU Gospel Choir

  • FSU Andean Ensemble

  • Gauri Joshi

  • Good Samaritan UMC Worship Band

  • Hula Lesson with Mau'oli'oli Dancers

  • LaiTaras Hip Hop Dancing

  • Lebanese Dabke Lesson with Omega

  • Libby O'Neill - Folk Singer/Songwriter

  • Mau’oli’oli Dancers of In Step Studio

  • Mountain Dew Cloggers

  • Omega Bellydance, Afrosamba & Khaleegy

  • Renaissance Dance Class with Octavio de Flores

  • Sacred Harp Shape-Note Singing (participatory)

  • Salsa Lesson with Corazon Dancers

  • Sitar with Chris Seepersaud

  • Studio D Dancers

  • Tai Chi Demonstration and Class by the Taoist Tai Chi Society

  • Tallahassee Irish Step Dancers

  • TCC African Drum and Dance Ensemble

  • Viva Flamenco

  • Zumba Class with Karen Chi

Performer FAQ

Festival Stage #1

  • What is the stage like?

    We have three stages for the festival:
    • Stage #1 is indoors, large, elevated, and made of wood. This will be used predominantly for large groups and/or groups with complex sound needs.
    • Stage #2 is outdoors on an elevated stage with a grass field. This will be used predominantly for the lessons/classes thoughout the day.
    • Stage #3 is indoors and made of wood. This will be used predominantly for smaller, more intimate groups/performances. Stage 3 dimensions are 12' x 10'

  • How long are we required to be there?

    Performers should check in at least 45 minutes prior to their designated performance/class time slot. However, we encourage you to come early and stay late to enjoy the festival.

  • How long are the performance slots?

    Depending on the number of performers we get for the festival and on the size/variety of each group, we will determine time slots. We anticipate a total of 30-45 minutes, inclusive of set-up/take-down. Performers will be notified by January 19th their time slot and which stage they will be performing on.

  • What type of set-up is there for AV?

    Stage #1 has a projector screen and the ability to play CDs or stream music from other devices, as well as the ability for more complex sound set-ups. On all three stages, performers will have the ability play music over the sound system. All performers will have access to our microphones. If you need anything specific for your set up, please email wcftally@gmail.com and you will be connected with our Director of Music, Matt Dailey, who can discuss logistics.

  • Can I come by to see my stage and test the sound system prior to the festival?

    Yes, we will be available all day February 2nd for performers to come see the spaces and test their sound. We encourage everyone to stop by to become familiar with the campus.

  • Where should I park/check in?

    All performers should check in on campus. Simply turn into the church parking lot from Capital Circle and then turn right to find our Volunteer Coordinator who will direct you to your Stage Manager and will show you where to park and unload any equipment.

All Groups

  • Apalachee Indian Nation

  • Forgiveness Foundation

  • International Rescue Committee

  • Islamic Center of Tallahassee

  • Istanbul Cultural Center

  • Peace Corps

  • Shirdi Sai Sathsang Hindu Community

  • Society of Friends

  • Temple Israel

  • Unitarian Universalist Church

Groups FAQ

  • What are the fees associated?

    We charge no base fee to be a part of the festival, but ask that all groups donate a percentage (of their choosing) of their profits to the International Rescue Committee.

  • How long are we required to be there?

    The event lasts from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. All booths must be there, and setup, by 9:30 AM and must stay the full length of the event.

  • When does site open for set-up?

    We will open the site for setup at 6:00 AM.

  • How large is the booth space?

    Each group will receive a 10x10ft space. Groups must provide their own tables/tents, etc. as necessary. If you need special accommodation in some way, please email wcftally@gmail.com.

  • Where should I park/check in?

    All groups should check in on campus. Simply turn into the church parking lot from Capital Circle and then turn right to find our Volunteer Coordinator who will direct you to your booth space and where to park.

  • Can I get access to electricity for my booth?

    We have a very limited number of booths which can have electricity. If you require this, please email wcftally@gmail.com to see if any spaces are still available.

  • What surface are the booths on?

    All booth space is on grass and tents may be staked into the ground.

All Food Trucks

Virtually every culture around the globe connects over shared meals. Our city offers a wealth of diverse and authentic cuisine, so we intend to celebrate with good food. We will have a variety of food trucks and food booths showcasing cuisine from around the world.

  • Caribbean Crossroads

  • El Criollo Grill

  • Fired Up Pizza

  • Julio's Food on the Move

  • Lansang Pinoy

  • Rankin Tacos

  • Red Eye Coffee

Food Truck FAQ

  • What are the fees associated?

    We charge no base fee to be a part of the festival, but ask that all vendors donate a percentage (of their choosing) of their profits to the International Rescue Committee.

  • When does site open for set-up?

    We will open the site for setup at 6:00 AM.

  • How long are we required to be there?

    The event lasts from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. All food trucks must be there, and setup, by 9:30 AM unless given special permission otherwise, and must stay the full length of the event.

  • Can we serve alcohol?

    No, we are not permitted to have alcohol on our campus per UMC rules.

  • How many attendees are you expecting?

    It's a bit tricky to estimate since this is our first year hosting the event. However, as of January 14th, we are expecting approximately 200 participants and a total of 700-900 attendees over the course of the day.

  • How do we make our donation at the end of the event?

    Coming Soon

  • Where should I park/check in?

    All vendors should check in on campus. Simply turn into the church parking lot from Capital Circle and then turn right to find our Volunteer Coordinator who will direct you to your booth space and where to park.

Our Sponsors

A big thanks goes out to our sponsors. This festival would not be possible without your support.

  • Body Trac Health and Fitness

  • Capital Management Group

  • Copy Fax 2000

  • mySTEM Kits

  • Printery Family

  • Wise Realty

Volunteers FAQ

Want to volunteer? We'll need help setting up, taking down, and throughout the length of the festival. If you would like to help make this festival happen, please email Carliayn at wcftally@gmail.com for more information.

We have also invited the Congolese refugee community to come sing. However, many of them do not have means of transportation to/from the festival. If you would like to help bring a family to/from the festival, please email wcftally@gmail.com for more information.

  • How long do I need to volunteer?

    We'll accept help no matter what your schedule, but we request that you donate at least an hour of your time to be most effective.

  • When do you need volunteers?

    We will need volunteers both leading up to the festival, especially on February 2nd, as well as day of, on February 3rd.

By participating in the festival, all performers, teachers, vendors, educational/religious groups, et. Al. (henceforth referred to as 'participants') agree to the terms and conditions provided by Good Samaritan United Methodist Church (GSUMC) herein. All participants also agree to not hold GSUMC responsible for any accident, ill, or harm that may come to them.

Also, by attending or participating in this festival in any way, you give GSUMC and the World Culture Festival the right to take, distribute, and use photographs, video, or other representation of your person or group for event-related purposes.