Chicago's first intercultural festival kicks off Saturday

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago's first intercultural festival, bringing together over 30 cultural centers and heritage museums, will kick off on Saturday.

Emily Reusswig, executive director of the Chicago Cultural Foundation, stopped by ABC7 to talk about how people can enjoy the month-long festival.

The festival kicks off with World Dumpling Fest on Saturday, Oct. 7, followed by a series of intercultural programs in neighborhoods throughout the city.

World Dumpling Fest - The official kickoff of Inherit Chicago
Millennium Park - Chase Promenade
Michigan Ave. between Randolph and Monroe
Saturday, October 7th at 11 a.m.
Admission: FREE

World Dumpling Fest will feature dumplings of the world from Chicago's best ethnic restaurants, cultural performances from Kreyol Roots, the Lion Dancers and more and heritage-based artisans selling original crafts and artwork. World Dumpling Fest will be a special preview to what's to come at events in the neighborhoods throughout the month of October. This all-ages event is FREE to the public, but if you want dumplings, buy tickets now.

Understanding Indigenous Roots: An intercultural discourse between African Americans & Native Americans
Thursday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, Stanley Golder Library
3001 Central St. Evanston, IL
Admission: $12, $10 for Mitchell Museum Members
Sunday, October 15 at 3pm
South Side Community Art Center 3831 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL
Admission: $12, $10 for South Side Community Art Center members

In the spirit of Sankofa, that one must remember one's past to move toward a clear future, explore how indigenous cultures shape our history and identity today, in collaboration with the South Side Community Art Center. Panelists will look beyond the history of removal, slavery and war to tap the best of their indigenous tribal cultures, whether rooted in America or Africa. Audience members are asked to bring an object or story to share that helps them define their own indigenous roots.

Common Threads: Chinese, Haitian, and Ukrainian Fashion Connections
Friday, October 13 at 7 p.m.
Ukrainian National Museum
2249 W Superior St. Chicago, IL
Admission: $10

Join the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, Haitian American Museum of Chicago, and Ukrainian National Museum for a panel discussion on the connection of traditional techniques in modern trends from three corners of the world. Global traditional garments will be showcased on mannequins and models, sharing commonality and influence of the three cultures and providing a new perspective of cultural heritage through clothing.

Migration Stories of Inheritance - An exhibition opening event
Saturday, October 21 at 5 p.m.
Exhibition runs from October 21 to November 4, 2017
Turkish American Society
501 Midway Dr. Mount Prospect, IL
Program Admission: $25 with Turkish dinner; Exhibition only: -Free

One of the most innate connections we as humans share is migration. Join the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago, Turkish American Society and Trickster Art Gallery for an evening of storytelling of migration journeys, history and heritage. Learn about the collective cultures as told through the intercultural exhibit that will run at both the Turkish American Society and Trickster Art Gallery until November 4th.

Our Legends: A multi-media workshop
Wednesday, October 25 at 7 p.m.
OPEN Center for the Arts
2214 S Sacramento Ave. Chicago, IL
Admission: $10

Ignacio Zaragoza. Friedrich von Steuben. Tadeusz Kosciuszko. Their names sound very different, but share a common trait: they have all become legends. In this multi-media workshop, in collaboration with the Polish Museum of America and DANK Haus Geprman American Cultural Center, explore what happens when three legendary figures come to life and learn how they are remembered today, exploring issues of cultural heritage, the relation of truth to fantasy, and a community's need for legends.
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