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Leif Erikson Day 2018
International Cleveland Community Day
International Cleveland Community Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art is a celebration of the rich diversity of our region's multiethnic communities, featuring traditional music and dance performances, cultural displays, and ingallery experiences. During this vibrant afternoon, visitors enjoyed presentations from more than 50 community groups expressing the continued vitality of the global cultures and arts that enliven our city.

PIAST group in the Cleveland Museum of Art

PIAST group on International Cleveland Community Day

Photos and videos of International Cleveland Community Day 2018

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Leif Erikson Day 2018
Leif Erikson Day 2018
The Scandinavian community of Cleveland, including those from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland gathered at the bust of Leif Erikson in front of Shooters in Cleveland's Flats to celebrate Leif Erikson Day.

Posing for photos with the Leif Erikson bust

Leif Erikson was a Norse explorer regarded as the first European to land in North America (excluding Greenland), nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus.

Catherine Jorgensen McCutcheon modeled a tradional Norwegian costume or bunad as she led the toast

Catherine Jorgensen McCutcheon


See photos and a video of the 2018 Leif Erikson Day in Cleveland

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Latvian community at Cleveland Museum of Art
Latvian community at Cleveland Museum of Art
International Cleveland Community Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art is a celebration of the rich diversity of our region's multiethnic communities, featuring traditional music and dance performances, cultural displays, and ingallery experiences. The Latvian community was well represented with a display table and performance by Klivlandes Pastalnieki.

The next generation at Latvia Table at Art Museum

The next generation

Latvian dance at Cleveland Museum of Art - Klivlandes Pastalnieki

Latvian dance at Cleveland Museum of Art - Klivlandes Pastalnieki


Photos and videos of Latvians at the Art Museum

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One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens
One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation hosted the 73rd annual One World Day on September 16, 2018. Police estimates say that 15,000 - 18,000 people visited the Gardens and attended One World Day. The focus this year was on the individual gardens (30+) rather than a main stage. Performances, food, ethnic culture and fun were available in almost all of the Gardens.

Highlights include the Parade of Flags, where people in costumes of their heritage carry the flags, and the Naturalization ceremony. This year an effort was made to include communities that do not (yet) have a Cultural Garden and they were warmly welcomed.

Lithuanian Cultural Garden in the Parade of Flags at 2018 One World Day

Lithuanian Cultural Garden in the Parade of Flags at 2018 One World Day


Photos & videos of the 73rd annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens

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The Summer in China
The Summer in China
Read about Mar Lin's experience at the 2018 Cleveland State University Chinese Bridge Summer Camp

First day in Chengdu at Sichuan Normal University

First day in Chengdu at Sichuan Normal University


More photos and text about the 2018 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp

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Italian Heritage Month 2018 celebrated at City Hall
Italian Heritage Month 2018 celebrated at City Hall
The official opening of a month-long celebration of the Italian-American Community in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio was held on Monday October 1, 2018 in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.

6 outstanding individuals of Italian heritage were honored at the event:

  • Tom Cirincione
  • George Leggiero
  • Robert Lippucci
  • Frank T. Sinito
  • Mike Spena
  • Councilman Matt Zone

Honorees with Rose Zitiello and Pamela Dorazio Dean

Honorees with Committee leaders Rose Zitiello and Pamela Dorazio Dean

Photos and videos of Italian Heritage Month 2018 kickoff in Cleveland

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Vietnamese Cultural Garden on One World Day 2018
Vietnamese Cultural Garden on One World Day 2018
The Cleveland Vietnamese community was out in full force at the 73rd annual One World Day on the site of the upcoming Vietnam Cultural Garden. There was music, entertainment, food and fun as members of the Vietnamese community shared their culture with thousands of visitors on One World Day.

Raising a Vietnamese Flag on One World Day in Cleveland

Raising a Vietnamese Flag on One World Day in Cleveland

The opening ceremonies featured singing of the Vietnamese and US national anthems and remarks from Vietnamese Garden leaders Gia Hoa Ryan, Joe Meissner, Brunswick Mayor Ron Falconi and others. Cleveland Councilman Matt Zone also spoke and presented a proclamation from the City of Cleveland.

Gia Hoa Ryan and statue

Gia Hoa Ryan and proposed center piece statue of the Garden

Photos and videos from the Vietnamese Garden on One World Day

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Cleveland Vietnamese Community in Parade of Flags
Cleveland Vietnamese Community in Parade of Flags
Members of the Cleveland Vietnamese community marched in the annual One World Day Parade of Flag.

Vietnamese Cultural Garden on One World Day 2018

Getting ready for the Parade of Flags


Photos and videos from the 2018 Parade of Flags

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Lebanese Cultural Garden on One World Day 2018
Lebanese Cultural Garden on One World Day 2018
The Cleveland Lebanese community was out in full force at the 73rd annual One World Day on the site of the upcoming Lebanese Cultural Garden. Members of the community marched in the annual Parade of Flags and later there was music, dancing, entertainment, food and fun as members of the Lebanese community shared their culture with thousands of visitors on One World Day.

Cleveland Lebanese community was out in full force at the 73rd annual One World Day on the site of the upcoming Lebanese Cultural Garden

Lebanese Cultural Garden leaders on One World Day


Photos and video of the Lebanese Cultural Garden

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Ajyal Lebanese Dancers open One World Day 2018 in Cleveland
Ajyal Lebanese Dancers open One World Day 2018 in Cleveland
After the annual Parade of Flags, people gathered in the Syrian Garden for the One World Day welcome ceremony. Ajyal Dabke Lebanese Dancers performed in the Syrian Garden in front of the replica of the Palmyra Arch in Syria.

Ajyal Dabke Lebanese Dance in Syrian Garden on One World Day in Cleveland 2018

Ajyal Dabke Dancers in Syrian Garden on One World Day


Photos and video of Ajyal Dabke Dancers

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Middle Eastern Belly Dance in Lebanese Garden on One World Day
Middle Eastern Belly Dance in Lebanese Garden on One World Day
The Lebanese Cultural Garden, part of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens chain of ethnic gardens, was very active on the 73rd One World Day in the Gardens. Many performances, music, dancing, food and fun including a traditional belly dance performance by Cassandra Al Warda who found a love for Middle Eastern music when she was just a teenager. This love continued through college, where she took her first belly dance class.

traditional belly dance performance by Cassandra Al Warda in Lebanese Garden

Traditional belly dance performance
by Cassandra Al Warda in Lebanese Garden


Photos and video of traditional belly dance performance by Cassandra Al Warda at 2018 One World Day

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Pakistani Cultural Garden at One World Day
Pakistani Cultural Garden at One World Day
The Cleveland Pakistani community was out in full force at the 73rd annual One World Day on the site of the upcoming Pakistan Cultural Garden. There was music, dancing, entertainment, food and fun as members of the Pakistani community shared their culture with thousands of visitors to One World Day.



Madiha Qureshi playing the dhol

Madiha Qureshi playing the dhol


See more from the Pakistani Cultural Garden on One World Day

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Pakistani Community in Parade of Flags
Pakistani Community in Parade of Flags
One of the highlights of the 73rd annual One World Day was the annual Parade of Flags. The Parade units gathered in the Polish Garden and marched down East Blvd and turned down the hill by the Italian Garden to MLK Blvd. They then proceeded to the Syrian Garden where co-MC Sheila Murphy Crawford and Chris Tanaka announced the groups.

Pakistani community in the Parade of Flags at One World Day

Photos and videos of the Pakistani Community in the Parade of Flags

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Uzbek Community at One World Day
Uzbek Community at One World Day
Though they do not yet have a Cultural Garden the Uzbek community attended the 73rd annual One World Day in the Gardens. They are a growing community and have exciting plans in the works. The Republic of Uzbekistan is in Central Asia and was part of the former Soviet Union.

Uzbek group in the Gardens on One World Day

At One World Day Jak Saidov and his colleague explained the Uzbekistan Flag and told of the country and community. Click on the white arrow to watch the short video.



Look for an Uzbek section on ClevelandPeople.com soon

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Russian Cultural Garden Dedication
Russian Cultural Garden Dedication
The Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden has been a work in progress since 2011 when Svetlana Stolyarova, Dr. Boris Vinogradsky and Sergio Lebid formed a committee to create a Russian garden in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens chain of gardens.

Russian Cultural Garden sign in Cleveland

Their rationale was 3 key points
  1. We believe that Russian culture is one of the world's most diverse and interesting.
  2. Russian is the second largest European language
  3. Russian culture in America deserves to be explored, represented and promoted.

The formal dedication of the Russian Cultural Garden was held on Saturday September 8, 2018.

Russian Cultural Garden group photo

Photos and videos of the Russian Cultural Garden dedication

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St. John Paul II bust installed in the Polish Cultural Garden in Cleveland
St. John Paul II bust installed
The Polish Cultural Garden in Cleveland has busts of several famous Poles: Copernicus, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Frédéric Chopin, Madame Marie Sklodowska Curie, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Adam Mickiewicz. They circle a beautiful fountain in the Garden at the corner of East Blvd and St. Clair in Cleveland.

The bust of Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was recently moved to make way for a new bust of Saint Pope John Paul II which was added to the Polish Garden.

Connie Adams, Gene Bak and Gary Kotlarsic with bust of John Paul II

Connie Adams, Gene Bak and Gary Kotlarsic with the bust of John Paul II


See photos and a video from the St. John Paul II Bust installation

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Czechoslovakia 100th and Prague Spring 50th anniversaries
Czechoslovakia 100th and Prague Spring 50th anniversaries
2018 is a special year. Not only are we celebrating 100 years of the founding of Czechoslovakia, but also 50 years since Prague Spring - the loosening of the tight grip by the communist regime by Slovak Alexander Dubcek, that came to a sudden halt on August 20, 1968 when the country was invaded by Soviet forces.

Graphic of Czecholsovakia at 100


To commemorate these anniversaries, a re-installation and a re-dedication of two plaques in the Czech Cultural Garden took place on Sunday, August 19, 2018. Paul Burik is a past-president of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) and is also the delegate for the Czech Cultural Garden. He was the driving force behind the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the formation of Czechoslovakia as well as the 50 year anniversary of the Prague Spring. He also served as Master of Ceremonies.

Paul Burik in Czech Garden

Paul Burik


Czechs, Slovaks, Rusins and representatives from other communities took part as well.

See photos and videos of the Czechoslovakia 100th and Prague Spring 50th event

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What a Night!
9th annual Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductions

The photos and videos from the 9th annual Cleveland International Hall of Fame induction are now posted at ClevelandInternationalHallofFame.com/. Well over 500 people attended the inspiring and fun evening.

Ralph Perk, Dr Atul Mehta, Abby Mina, Karen Pianka, Sister Alicia Alvarado and Sheila Murphy Crawford

Ralph Perk Jr., Dr Atul Mehta, Abby Mina,
Karen Pianka, Sister Alicia Alvarado and Sheila Murphy Crawford

You can nominate someone now for the 10th class which will be inducted Tuesday April 16, 2019.

Cleveland International Hall of Fame

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Hungarian Cultural Garden 80th anniversary
Hungarian Cultural Garden 80th anniversary

The Hungarian Cultural Garden was formally dedicated in 1938 making 2018 the 80th anniversary of the Garden. The Hungarian Cultural Garden is one of about 30 ethnic gardens in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. The Hungarian community and friends gathered in the Garden on June 24 for a look back and a look forward.

Several people who were at the 1938 dedication were also on hand for the 80th celebration.

Violet Sarosi, Richard Fleischman, Jenny Brown, Ted Horvath and Frank Dodish were present at the 1938 dedication and 80th anniversary

Violet Sarosi, Richard Fleischman, Jenny Brown, Ted Horvath and Frank Dodish were present at the 1938 dedication and 80th anniversary


See photos and videos from the 80th anniversary Hungarian Cultural Garden event

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Welcome to Cleveland
Welcome to Cleveland



Members of the Stabrova Youth Ballet
welcome you to Cleveland


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Thank You Mayor Jackson
Thank You Mayor Jackson
Letter from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson to Dan and Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.com


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Thank You Governor Kasich
Thank You Governor Kasich
Letter from Ohio Governor Kasich to Dan and Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.com


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We Pray the Rosary - Living Rosary DVD
We Pray the Rosary - Living Rosary DVD
Hail Mary, Full of Grace…

This DVD is a Living Rosary in the sense that over 200 people participated in saying a prayer. 3 bishops, numerous priests and sisters and a variety of lay people all said a prayer (Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary or Glory Be) that when put together combine to form the complete Rosary.

We hope that you will pray along with the diverse group of people on this DVD. They are young and old, different races and ethnicities, in Church and outside, alone and in groups. The prayers are said in English, but occasionally there is a prayer in another language. You may not know the language but will understand, and be able to pray along, because of the context.

  1. American Sign Language
  2. English
  3. Gaelic
  4. German
  5. Hindi
  6. Italian
  7. Konkani
  8. Korean
  9. Lebanese
  10. Polish
  11. Portuguese
  12. Slovenian
  13. Spanish
  14. Swahili

Lourdes Shrine in Cleveland


More about the We Pray the Rosary DVD


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Cleveland Non-Violence Pledge
Cleveland Non-Violence Pledge
"As chairman and on behalf of the Hispanic Roundtable, we enthusiastically take the pledge of peace and nonviolence. We are honored to be associated with two of the greatest human beings whoever lived: Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King. Most importantly, we want to be associated with the universal and eternal value of peace and dignity for all human beings, who are all created in God's image.
José C Feliciano

Have you signed the Cyber Wall of Peace and Nonviolence yet?

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Cultural and Ethnic Store
Cultural and Ethnic Store
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For example, do you know a Slovenian (or Irish or Polish or Italian or...) Grandma or Grandpa who would love their own Parking Sign? Check it out. Books, DVDs, Music, Flags, Baby Items, Gourmet Foods and much more.

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 What is Cleveland's greatest asset?
Cleveland People

Sure we love the distinct 4 seasons (most of the time). And we love the great cultural and civic resources such as University Circle, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cultural Gardens, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lake Erie, the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians and so much more.

But it's the people that make Cleveland special. The rich culture, traditions and, of course, food from over 100 ethnic groups makes Cleveland a much richer city.

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Helping Monika

Over 1,500 of the daily visitors to ClevelandPeople.Com visit from outside the US. The website has been serving as a Virtual Welcoming Center to people from all over the world. We ask the appropriate Ambassador to assist us with specific cases.

For example, we received an e-mail from a visitor named Monika in Poland. The message was in Polish so we asked Polish Ambassador John Borkowski to translate for us.

Basically, Monika is coming to the Cleveland Clinic and is nervous. She doesn't know anyone or the language.

We sent Monika's information to many on our Polish (and other) lists and the response was terrific. Several organizations and individuals will be assisting and welcoming Monika.

What a terrific group of Cleveland People!

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What is Cleveland's greatest asset?
Cleveland People Sure we love the distinct 4 seasons (most of the time).

And we love the great cultural and civic resources such as University Circle, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lake Erie, the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians and so much more.

But it's the people that make Cleveland special. The rich culture, traditions and, of course, food from over 100 ethnic groups makes Cleveland a much richer city.

This site serves as a portal to reach the many interesting groups of people that make up Cleveland. While you will want to click on a link of a group that you belong to or are familiar with, why not check out some other groups and see what they have to offer?

If you are from outside the Cleveland area, even outside the US, please contact us to see what our area has to offer you and your family. We think you will be amazed at the opportunities.

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