First Annual Global Gathering

Saturday, September 16th

11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Garfield Park

The Global Gathering is part of Welcoming Week, a worldwide annual celebration that invites communities of all sizes to celebrate inclusive societies and deepen their commitment to creating places that are welcoming to everyone, including immigrants and refugees.

Welcoming Week 2023 will be September 8 through 17. Participating communities will host welcoming events throughout the week. In West Michigan we will be celebrating with a Global Gathering event on September 16.

This large-scale community event will provide a space to bring together cultures from around the globe. It will feature a range of family-friendly activities representing a variety of international cultures and genres, including the following:

  • food vendors
  • cultural learning workshops by local artisans
  • multicultural music/dance performances
  • a multicultural fashion show
  • a performance by local Congolese group Les Clay

Join us as we celebrate, nurture community connections, and learn about diversity in West Michigan.

Global Gathering Agenda