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Global Lounge Preparing for World Village Festival in Boise's Capital Park 

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An international tapestry of performance and  food - featuring participants from Mexican, Basque, Chinese, Japanese, Bosnian, Indian and several other communities - will fill Boise's Capitol Park Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21 when the 2015 World Village Festival is framed by the nearby Idaho Statehouse.

“We want to promote inclusiveness...like we’re all one” said Dayo Ayodele, executive director of Global Lounge (sponsor of the festival), adding that the key ingredients for the three-day festival "are acceptance and unity." That said, there will also be an abundance of exotic ingredients in the event's many international food offerings. A wine and beer garden will also set up shop at the outdoor festival.

“When people move here from other countries they want to preserve certain aspects of their culture; so we offer a medium for them to perform and do other things,” Ayodele told Boise Weekly.

To give the Treasure Valley a small  taste of what the festival has in store, Global Lounge hosted a June 5 fundraiser/kickoff at Boise's Egyptian Theatre, featuring a sampling of music by Tambalka, StarBelly, Shimi Tree (with flamenco dancers) and the Global Lounge Organic Beat. The June 5 performances gave way to a screening of the 2014 documentary Finding Fela, chronicling the life of the Nigerian musiciian and political activist Fela Kuti

“I’ve been very impressed with the goal of Global Lounge," Ashley Kirby, lead singer for Tamblaka and dancer for StarBelly told BW. "Their ambition and tenacity is very focused on the mission of bringing diversity into the schools and in the community"

The World Village Festival will set up camp in Capitol Park, beginning at 5 p.m., running until 10 p.m. Friday, June 19, offering dance, music, art, storytelling, poetry and lots of food. The festival continues Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, June 21, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The family-friendly event is free.

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