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Free and Fun, World Music Fest Links Milwaukee

by Maria Lopez Vento, VP-Programs and Partnerships

Milwaukee is full of diverse communities, and HBF strives to bring these communities together, creating connections within the city and throughout Wisconsin.

Through the arts, HBF supports programs that help diverse communities share different cultural experiences in a welcoming and enjoyable way. Such partners as Latino Arts and Sophia’s Heart bring quality performing arts experiences right into city neighborhoods, giving youth and volunteers an artistic outlet to grow, learn, and enjoy the beauty of the performing arts world.

But our interest in arts goes beyond youth, expanding to families and communities through such events as Global Union music festival this weekend.

Presented by Alverno College and Alverno Presents, this festival is truly a global event, with bands from Sierra Leone (Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars), Trinidad (Calypso Rose and Kobo Town), Buenos Aires (La Yegros), and China and Appalachia (Wu-Force). These bands from around the globe will expose Milwaukee families, especially youth, to a wider view of what the world of performing arts has to offer.

Now in its ninth year, Global Union takes place Saturday, September 13, 2014, noon-6 p.m. at Humboldt Park in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood. Alverno wants this event to be for everyone, so it thought of everything, from family tents with face painting for kids, to Native Dog Inc., supplying free dog treats and paw painting for the family pup. For the older set, parents can enjoy complimentary Colectivo Coffee.

This event is free to the community, making it the perfect opportunity to bring Milwaukeeans together, one song lyric and one dance move at a time. HBF is pleased to assist Alverno Presents in offering an event displaying the global potential of music.

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