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Žumbercani Tamburitzans Orchestra in the Croatian Cultural Garden

September 17, 2017 

The Croatian Heritage Museum & Library in Cleveland (Eastlake) Ohio is committed to the collection and preservation of Croatian history, culture, source materials, and artifacts. They hosted a concert of Croatian tamburitza music in the Croatian Cultural Garden on Sunday September 17, 2017.

The Žumbercani Tamburitzans Orchestra performed a concert of traditional Croatian tamburitza music

Concert in the Croatian Cultural Garden

Concert in the Croatian Cultural Garden

See photos and videos from the Concert in the Croatian Cultural Garden


The Cleveland Opera Theater in Albanian Cultural Garden

August 20, 2017.

The Albanian Cultural Garden hosted an opera performance on August 20, 2017 and hundreds of people showed up to enjoy the beautiful setting, great food and music from the Cleveland Opera Theater. The stage was set on the upper level of the Albanian Garden by the fountain.

 Albanian Cultural Garden delegate Armend Axhenti and Councilwoman Dona Brady


Albanian Cultural Garden delegate Armend Axhenti
and Councilwoman Dona Brady


 

The 72nd Annual One World Day on Sunday, August 27, 2017 was a huge success!  Over 25,000 people visited the Gardens and enjoyed the day.

More on One World Day coming soon.

Enjoy this video of the Parade of Flags from One World Day (courtesy of ClevelandPeople.Com).  Turn you speakers on and click on the white arrow in the middle.  You can then click on the button in the lower right to watch it full screen.

 

 

 – More info about One World Day


 Federation Presidents

Sheila Crawford and Wael Khoury

Sheila Crawford and Wael Khoury

Thank you to outgoing Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation President Sheila Murphy Crawford and congratulations to incoming President Wael Khoury MD.  

Photos and videos from the installation ceremony.

 


 Click here for Cleveland Cultural Gardens Brochure

  Stay current on the News of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation 


 

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Here is a list of events that took place in the Gardens in celebrating the Centennial Year!

April 8th Centennial Gala was a success! Click here for pictures and videos!


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August 28, 2016 was the 2016 One World Day event presented by Councilman Kevin Conwell and County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell in partnership with Universities Circles Inc. and others!

We hope you were one of the 24,000 people  who visited the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on One World Day on Sunday, August 28 2016.  It was an inspiring day as people got a chance to visit all of the gardens and experience their culture and diversity.

We are honored to welcome our Centennial Sponsors!

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Thank you City of Cleveland and Mayor Frank Jackson for your support and this proclamation:

2015 One World Day Electronic

 

Thank you for these endorsements!

2015 One World Day Welcome letter Ohio Senate Resolution
   

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The Federation

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation is the representative organization of the Cultural Gardens set to provide a direct link between the Cultural Gardens and the individual ethnic communities they represent. The Federation has been instrumental in preservation and development of the Gardens, as well as maintaining public awareness and interest in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

The Federation is involved with most aspects of this unique park, however the Cultural Gardens are a City of Cleveland park and arrangements for use of any of the Gardens for events such as weddings or other celebrations must be made through City of Cleveland, Office of Special Events 216-664-2484.

Click here for the beautiful 2017 11×17 sized brochure!


The Gardens

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens are located along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and the adjacent East Blvd. from St. Clair Avenue to the south in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. This string of 26 nationality gardens is unique to Cleveland, Ohio and for that matter unique to this Country and the World. Various nationalities that call Cleveland home have collaborated in development of their respective garden to memorialize and share with the World their culture and history. Thus, this unique park is a great educational tool, as well as a great place to relax, enjoy nature in the midst of a city, walk or ride a bike, see statues of significant personalities or depictions of far away lands. Addition of new gardens is anticipated in the near future as plans are being currently developed.

From the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History:

The CLEVELAND CULTURAL GARDEN FEDERATION oversees the Cultural Gardens, landscaped gardens with statuary honoring various ethnic groups in Cleveland situated along East Blvd. and Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd.

The CCGF was founded in 1925 as the Civic Progress League by LEO WEIDENTHAL†, who, during the dedication of the Shakespeare Garden in ROCKEFELLER PARK in 1916, felt that similar sites should be prepared for each of the city’s nationality communities. In 1926 the organization became the Cultural Garden League, and a Hebrew garden was established. On 9 May 1927 the city set aside areas of Rockefeller Park for future gardens. The Italian, German, Lithuanian, Slovak, and Ukrainian gardens were established in 1930; the Polish, Hungarian, Czech, and Yugoslav gardens in 1934; and the American, Rusin, Irish, Greek, and Syrian gardens in 1938. Romanian, Estonian, Afro-American, Chinese, Finnish, and Indian gardens have since been created. Planning and fundraising for each garden was undertaken within the various ethnic communities, while the Cleveland Cultural Garden Fed. (the name adopted in 1952) oversaw overall planning and coordinated various joint programs, including the 2nd UNESCO Conference (1949) and the annual One World Day (begun in 1945). During the 1960s and 1970s, many gardens suffered vandalism and statuary was removed for safekeeping. In 1985-86 a major restructuring of the area was undertaken and plans discussed for rehabilitating the gardens by the federation, including 40 members from the affiliated nationalities. In the 1990s, the federation’s bylaws were rewritten so that each member group had 2 members and an alternate member on the Federation Board. Richard J. Konisiewicz served as president of the federation, which maintained 25 sites in 1995 and growing.