Annual Festival – 2024

7th Annual
Multicultural
Festival

November 30 & December 1, 2024
in beautiful Downtown Orlando

@ Seneff Arts Plaza at The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts 
445 S. Orange Ave, Orlando, FL

Buy a souvenir water bottle or bring a reusable bottle for FREE WATER at the festival.

Check out all the things happening at FusionFest 2024.

explore the festival

Water will be free this year. Bring your refillable bottle or purchase a beautiful souvenir FusionFest water bottle at the “Festival Merch” booth.

Arts & Crafts

Craft your masterpiece inspired by cultures from around the world. Sign up at the Festival for a 1/2 hour class. Space is limited

Sat. 11am - 7pm
Sun. 1-5pm

Citizenship ceremony

Witness a Historic Moment at Fusionfest Opening Ceremony as nearly 2 dozen immigrants take their oath of citizenship in an inspiring collaboration with USCIS

Sat. 10am

Country Meet ups & Photo opp

Find your tribe at FusionFest's Country Meet-Ups! Whether you're reuniting with compatriots or exploring new cultures, it's your passport to global connections. Come, mingle, and let the world become your neighborhood.

Sat. 11am - 6pm, Sun. 1-5pm

Cultural Displays

Step into a world of wonder at Fusionfest's Cultural Displays! EXplore vibrant traditional wear, age old traditions, and the rich tapestry of global cultures. Be inspired and immerse yourself in the beauty of diversity!

Sat. 11am - 6pm, Sun. 1-5pm

family village

Discover a world of imagination at FusionFest's Family Village with Kid's Global Village, Giant Puppet Friends, Arts & Crafts Projects and Fun & Games

Sat. 11am - 7pm, Sun. 1-5pm
Sponsored by Publix

fashion heritage showcase

The runway at FusionFest will come alive with a colorful tapestry of fashion from around the world, reflecting the diverse origins and heritages of the Central Florida community.

Sun. 2pm

field of flags

Wander through the Field of Flags! After being proudly carried by local ambassadors from over 100 cultures in the FusionFest parade, these flags find their home here. Capture a moment besides your favorite flag and revel in Central Florida's rich Diversity!

Sat. 10am - 5pm, Sun. 1-5pm

find-a-friend flowers

Ever have a stranger brighten your day with a flower? Experience the magic at FusionFest's Find-a-Friend Flowers! Step out of your comfort zone, receive a flower, and let serendipity guide your FusionFests journey. Sponsored by Momentum Solar.

Sat. 10am - 5pm, Sun 12 - 5pm

Embark on a culinary journey at FusionFest with Foods of the the World & fusion dishes from the winning chefs of the culinary contest. Dive in and savor global flavors like never before!

Sat. 10am - 8pm, Sun. 12 - 5pm

A variety of games that transport your across continents as you observe and even get to play. Specific tournament schedule coming soon.
Sponsored by Orlando, Magic

Sat. 11am - 7pm; Sun. 1 - 5pm

giant puppet friends

Enchanting and larger-than-life parade puppets dance and play in our Opening Spectacle before they take their place for the perfect photo opp. Stop by for a fun picture!

Sat. 11am - 7pm, Sun. 1-5pm

global exchange

Experience the enriching diversity of short informative talks and interactive experiences by our own community members

Sat. 11am - 7pm, Sun 1 - 5pm

grandpa nunu

See that older gentleman on the rocking chair over there? That's Grandpa Nunu. If you go up to him and say "Hi, Grandpa Nunu," he'll talk with you as though you're a member of the family. You can talk about anything you like. What you say can be fact or fiction.

Sat. 11am - 5pm, Sun 1-5pm

The competition is on for "Less in more" as poets compete to evoke a feeling using three lines of "lines of five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables". The constraints of the form squeeze out extra creativity.

Sat. 2pm

international market place

Shop the bustling bazaar of at FusionFest's International Marketplace. Explore and shop global crafts and unique souvenir from around the world!

Sat. 11am - 7pm, Sun. 1-5pm

kaleidoscope signature showcase

Experience the Wonders of Creative Collaboration: FusionFest's most captivating show, curated and produced by Cece Teneal. This awe-inspiring piece is at the heart of FusionFest's vision, fostering a space where artists from diverse cultures come together to create a harmonious celebration of unity.

Sat. 7:15pm

kids global village

A place where kids can navigate through kid-sized cardboard "homes and buldings" from around the world, designed and built by the Young Architects Forum.

Sat. 11am - 7pm, Sun 1-5pm

Mygration Films

Experience powerful stories of global journeys at FusionFest's MYgration films, in collaboration with the Global Peace Film Festival. Immerse yourself in short documentaries that capture Central Floridians' migration tales and be moved by the art of cinematic storytelling.

Sun. on the Massey Stage throughout the day

opening spectacle with citizenship ceremony

Witness a historic moment at FusionFest's Citizenships Ceremony! Join us at the start of the festival to celebrate as nearly two dozen individuals take their oath, in an inspiring collaboration with the USCIC. Surrounded by marching bands, hundred of flags and talented performances.

Sat. 10am

Poetry Slam

Witness the power of words at Fusionfest's lyrical showcase! See poet's step to the mic; delivering slamming verses. Be captivated by the rhythm and flow; join us and feel the poetic pulse of FusionFest! Cash prizes totaling $1,000 will be awarded.

Sat. 4pm

Portraits of FusionFest

Festival attendees wearing traditional clothing reflecting their cultural heritage can receive a free professional portrait by an esteemed member of the Diplomatic Corps of Colombia, Juan David Tena. He has documented Presidents, Popes and Royalty and been published by major press. These portraits will be part of a FusionFest exhibition, eventually. You can observe the master portrait maker at work or get a portrait taken yourself if he is able to take you between reservations. To be certain of getting your portrait taken, please make a reservation.

Scavenger Hunt

Embark on a thrilling scavenger hunt at FusionFest and uncover hidden treasures! Dive into the festival's wonders and finish your adventure at the Prize Booth for enticing rewards. Ready, set, explore!.

Sat. 11am - 8pm, Sun 1-5pm

Share Your Story Booth

Step up to FusionFest's Share Your Story Booth and let your voice be heard! Dive into an interactive experience and share your unique cultural journey with us. Don't just attend; tell your tale and it will be archived at the Orange County Regional History Center!

Sat 11 am – 5 pm, Sun 1-5 pm

story telling

Join the audience as Storytellers take you to far off places through folk tales, legends and more. Experience life through a different lens culturally and emotionally.

Sat. 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm 3:00pm 5:30pm & 6:30pm
Sun 1:30pm, 2:30pm, & 4pm

Schedule of Storytellers coming soon!

teen poetry showcase

Who says kids don't have something to say? Listen to these creative kids passionately pouring out their own poetry.

Sat. 2:30pm

Turban tying

Wrap your head around wearing a colorful turbin wrapped around your head by a member of the Sikh Society of Central Florida. What is it like to sport this headwear and how do we go from a simple piece of cloth to an intricate turbin?

Sun. 1-5pm

Visual Arts Gallery

Visit our Gallery that's unlike anyother. A visual masterpiece that reaches around the globe to reveal how the "artists share their culture in color compositions.

Sat. 11-6, Sun. 1-5pm

world dance party

Groove to global rhythms at FusionFests's World Dance Party! Let music from every corner of the world move your feet and soul. Don't just stand there...Join the party! If you can't hear the music, that's because we've got headphones for each participant to make it a silent disco party!

Sat. 11am - 7pm, Sun 1-5pm

Volunteers

Sign up now for Volunteer opportunities. Groups welcomed!

Weekend Events Schedule

Saturday, November 30th

OpenAreaClose
9:45 AMPuppet Greeters at front gate 10:00 AM
10:00 AMOpening Spectacle with FusionFest Citizenship Ceremony11:00 AM
10:00 AMMusic & Dance performances as well as MYgration Films7:15 PM
10:00 AMFoods of the World8:00 PM
10:00 AMFusion Food8:00 PM
11:00 AMFind-a-Friend Flowers5:00 PM
11:00 AMGlobal Exchange5:00 PM
11:00 AMShare Your Story5:00 PM
11:00 AMCountry Meet-Ups & Photo Op6:00 PM
11:00 AMCultural Displays6:00 PM
11:00 AMGiant Puppet Friends Display6:00 PM
11:00 AMVisual Art Gallery6:00 PM
11:00 AMFun & Games7:00 PM
11:00 AMInternational Marketplace7:00 PM
11:00 AMWorld Dance Party7:00 PM
11:00 AMArts & Crafts Projects7:00 PM
11:00 AMKid's Global Village7:00 PM
11:00 AMGrandpa Nunu7:00 PM
11:00 AMScavenger Hunt & Prize Booth7:00 PM
11:00 AMAllen Stage Teen Poetry Showcase & performances7:15 PM
11:00 AMField of Flags8:00 PM
11:30 AMStorytelling (also 12:30, 1:30, 3:00, 5:30
and 6:15 PM)
11:45 AM
NoonKid's Cosplay Showcase & Contest12:30 PM
1:00 PMAdult Cosplay Showcase & Contest1:30 PM
2:00 PMHaiku Contest & Awards2:30 PM
2:30 PMTeen Poetry Showcase2:45 PM
3:00 PMVisual Art Awards3:15 PM
4:00 PMPoetry Slam & Awards5:00 PM
7:15 PMKaleidoscope8:00 PM

Sunday, December 1st

OpenAreaClose
11:45 AM Puppet Greeters at front gate Noon
NoonMulticultural Faith Celebration1:00 PM
NoonMusic & Dance performances as well as MYgration Films5:00 PM
NoonFoods of the World5:00 PM
NoonFusion Food5:00 PM
1:00 AMFind-a-Friend Flowers5:00 PM
1:00 PMFun & Games5:00 PM
1:00 PMInternational Marketplace5:00 PM
1:00 PMCultural Display5:00 PM
1:00 PMVisual Arts Gallery5:00 PM
1:00 PMCountry Meet-Ups & Photo Op5:00 PM
1:00 PMArts & Crafts Projects5:00 PM
1:00 PM Kid's Global Village5:00 PM
1:00 PMWorld Dance Party5:00 PM
1:00 PMField of Flags5:00 PM
1:00 PMGiant Puppet Friends5:00 PM
1:00 PMGlobal Exchange5:00 PM
1:00 PMScavenger Hunt & Prize Booth5:00 PM
1:00 PMShare Your Story5:00 PM
1:00 PMGrandpa Nunu5:00 PM
1:00 PMAllen stage performances4:45 PM
1:00 PMTurban Tying5:00 PM
1:30 PMStorytelling (also 2:30 & 4:00 pm)1:45 PM
2:00 PMHeritage Fashion7:15 PM
2:30 PMFusion Fashion7:15 PM
3:30 PMFusion Design Awards3:40 PM
5:00 PMMulticultural Choir Concert6:00 PM

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