One World Day banners on MLK Blvd.

As we count down to the 70th annual One World Day on August 23, 2015 visitors and commuters will see these beautiful banner hanging from the light poles along MLK Boulevard. #owd2015

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One World Day banner on MLK Blvd.

One World Day banner on MLK Blvd.

A preview of the fun coming up on One World Day (August 23)

On June 30, over 185 people gathered in the German Cultural Garden in Cleveland to celebrate the 99th year of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

They listened to the music of the 24-piece Cleveland Donauschwasbe Blaskapelle (brass band) and heard from speakers such as Honorary German Consul Diana Thimmig, Cleveland Councilman Tony Brancatelli, Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation president Sheila Murphy Crawford and German Garden delegate Hans Kopp.

Then they gathered by the huge Goethe-Schiller monument and holding 99 red balloons sang along as the band played the 1983 hit 99 Luftballons (99 re balloons) by Nena.  What a moment!

Goethe, Schiller and a red balloon

Goethe, Schiller and a red balloon

They then enjoyed traditional German food.

Now multiply the fun had that day by 30 or so and you will see what One World Day on August 23 will be like when all the Cultural Gardens are involved.

Watch a video of the 99 Red Balloons song in the German Cultural Garden.

More photos and video from the 99 Red Balloons event

OWD @ Parade the Circle

Cleveland Cultural Gardens’ One World Day troupe participated at the 2015 Parade the Circle to promote diversity and cultural groups. Check out these pictures:

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OCA’s Asiatown Voice 88.7FM 5-31 Recording

May 31’s live recording of OCA’s Asiatown Voice 88.7FM with Cleveland Cultural Gardens’ President Sheila Crawford and board member Svetlana Stolyarova, both talked about the gardens and their signature event with the City of Cleveland’s 70th Annual One World Day which is held on August 23, 2015

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Roles of 2015 One World Day Production Team

Sheila Murphy Crawford, President of the Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation, introduced the One World Day 2015 Production Team. Producers Ken Kovach and Johnny Wu gave an overview and then team members Dan Hanson, Yin Tang, Asim Datta, Angela Shute Woodson, Emily Holtel-Hoag, Flora Mark and Jennifer Feierabend told of their roles in the event.

2015 One World Day Production Team

owd-team Ken Kovach and Johnny Wu with team members Dan Hanson, Yin Tang, Asim Datta, Angela Shute Woodson, Emily Holtel-Hoag, Flora Mark and Jennifer Feierabend at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens installation dinner.

Cleveland Cultural Gardens to celebrate 2015 Annual One World Day

Cleveland, OH – Since 1946, the Cleveland Cultural Gardens have celebrated One World Day in the Gardens. August 23, 2015 has set as the 2015 Annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. This annual event reflects the theme of the Gardens: “Peace through Mutual Understanding.”

The annual One World Day, the official event for the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, is the highlight of the busy calendar of summer events in the Gardens and the one occasion that all the Gardens get together to celebrate as one. Events include a Parade of Flags, a naturalization ceremony, cultural performances, entertainment and more.

This year’s One World Day will be produced by two icons of the Cleveland international scene: Johnny Wu and Ken Kovach.

Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation president Sheila Murphy Crawford said “With the expertise and inspiring enthusiasm of our new producers, Ken Kovach and Johnny Wu, the 2015 One World Day Celebration in our historic Cultural Gardens is bound to be a smashing success and definitely the place to be for the summer season.”

10981396_10153034879351351_7727373565768874648_n 10458086_10201939451117407_8217717460843027924_nKen Kovach is currently president of International Community Council – Worldwide Intercultural Network and has served as board chairman of the International Services Center, leader of the International Folk Festival and many more ethnic projects.

Johnny Wu is an award-winning film-maker and one of the founders of the popular Cleveland Asian Festival. He is a well-respected and driving force in the Asian community and beyond.

“It is an honor to serve as co-director along with Mr. Kovach to make One World Day Celebration a fun experience for this year and moving forward to next which will be the centennial celebration,” said Mr. Wu. “There is a lot of work to do, but we are confident that we can accomplish it all.  Most importantly, we want to create synergy within the Cultural Gardens and other organizations to promote the art, culture and diversity of what Cleveland is about!”

The 2015 One World Day on August 23, 2015 is the official kickoff of the Centennial celebration of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.


About the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and One World Day

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens are unique in the world.  Celebrating 100 years in 2016, the Gardens consist of 26 nationality gardens along East Blvd and MLK Blvd with several more in the planning and development stages. The first One World Day was celebrated in 1947 and has continued each year since to bring all the nationalities that represent Cleveland together.


Hello world!

Welcome to the new 2015 Cleveland One World Day website!