Travel the world to music and dance with the Cultural Gardens Federation’s World on Stage series

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Spend Saturday and Sunday evenings for the rest of this summer discovering world music and dancing under the stars at Centennial Peace Square and amphitheater with the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation’s free concert series, World on Stage, through Sunday, September 11.

Harmonia, representing traditional Eastern European musicThe series, which debuted July 16, features Mexican, American, Ukrainian, Slovak, Polish, Spanish and Gypsy music and dance, as well as a community night to welcome local groups from nearby neighborhoods.

The World on Stage series kicked off last weekend when the Federation teamed up at the Mexican Garden on July 16 with the highly acclaimed Ballet Folklorico Mexicano, a Mexican folk dance group. A rare collection of dresses from several regions of Mexico was also on display. On Sunday, July 17, the Ben Gage Band performed American folk and bluegrass music.

The next episode is this Sunday, July 31 at 6 p.m. and offers a musical tour of Croatia, with the The Zumbercani Orchestra plays tamburitz music from Dalmatia, Zagorje, Slavonia and other parts of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina on tamburitz instruments.

On Saturday, August 7, folk dances from around the world will present Fairmount Spanish Dancers performing flamenco-style pieces, Polish youth ensemble Piast and Living Traditions, a Carpatho-Rusyn folk music and dance group.

On Saturday August 13, the Famicos Foundation will present an evening of blues and jazz by local artists during Community Night in the Gardens at 7 p.m. Then on Sunday August 14 at 6 p.m. Harmonia, representing traditional music from Eastern Europe, will reflect the cultures of Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungarians, Romanians, Croats and Gypsies.

On Saturday, August 20, the Stars of Summer International Music Competition concert, competition winners take the stage with the Cleveland Orchestra at 7 p.m. to perform Ukrainian Concerto #2 by American composer Alexander Peskanov. The Cleveland Ballet and local opera singers will also perform.

All events are free. Click here for a full list of events. The Cleveland Cultural Gardens are located at 1051 Martin Luther King Blvd. Parking can be found on the west side of MLK or on East Boulevard, the upper level of the Cultural Gardens. Look for parking signs.

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