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Pittsburgh Hosts World Square Cultural Event

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Looking for something to do this weekend? World Square is once again returning to downtown Pittsburgh to showcase the city’s international and immigrant communities Friday through Sunday in Market Square! The event will run from Friday, June 10th, 5 – 10 pm, to Saturday, June 11th and Sunday, June 12th,12 – 8. It is completely free to the public and good for all ages, including families and children. Businesses, artists, restaurants, performers and more will be showcased from across the international community. 

The focus of the event, originally launched in 2019, is to allow the diverse communities of Pittsburgh to showcase their culture. The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, one of the hosts of World Square, describes the event as “a global outlook and a unique opportunity for international and newcomer communities within the region”. Mayor Ed Gainey also spoke about the event saying “Through food, music, dance, creative art, crafts and more, World Square allows us to celebrate some beautiful and unique aspects of our city, even in the midst of difficult and trying times.” 

A few highlights of this year’s event vendors are El Rincón Oaxaqueño, specializing in authentic oaxacaqueño recipes and Pupusas y Antojitos Helen LLC, which will be serving agua frescas and pupusas originating from Salvador. A number of LatinX dance troupes and Brazilian jazz performers will also be showcased during the weekend’s events, including Noel Quintana & The Latin Crew!

The participating vendors for 2022 are listed below: 

The weekend event’s entertainment schedule is as follows: 

Friday, June 10:

  • Featuring DJ Tembo Sounds
  • 5 – 6:30 p.m.: PGH Tango
  • 7 – 8:30 p.m.: Jemiriye
  • 9 – 10 p.m.: Gena y Pena

Saturday, June 11:

  • Featuring DJ Mateo and DJ Juan Diego Inc
  • 12 – 1:30 p.m.: Royce
  • 2 – 2:30 p.m.: Bhutanese Community Association Pittsburgh (BCAP): Burmese & Nepali Dance
  • 3 – 4:30 p.m.: Noel Quintana & The Latin Crew
  • 5 – 6:30 p.m.: Gavas Beat
  • 7 – 8 p.m.: Oladayo Adeleke

Sunday, June 12:

  • Featuring DJ Alex Rivera
  • 12 – 12:30 p.m.: Sanskruti School of Indian Dance
  • 1 – 1:45 p.m.: Victor Abendano with Too Hearted
  • 2 – 3:30 p.m.: PGH Tango Connection
  • 4 – 4:30 p.m.: Pittsburgh Xiaobo Chinese Waist Drum Dance Group
  • 5 – 6 p.m.: Nusantara Runway

For more information on the vendors, events, and performances, as well as directions and public transportation information, visit the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s website at https://downtownpittsburgh.com/programs-activities/worldsquare/.

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