People from many different counties and different cultures were gathered at Locks 3 and 4 in Downtown Akron for the Global Village Festival on a sunny, but chilly day, September 14, 2013. It was a day to experience the tastes, music, arts, languages, dances, games, and traditions from around the globe that contribute to the mosaic of Akron's diverse community.
The Bhutanese/Nepalese refugee community was represented at the festival with two information booths and several dancers. One booth provided information about the Bhutanese Community Association of Akron. BCAA president Bishnu Subba, secretary Prakash Biswa, and treasurer Tuk Rai gave out brochures about the Bhutanese refugees in Akron and talked with people seeking information about their experiences. The second booth presented woven bags made by refugee women who work with Liz Kuhn. Liz helps the weavers to create and market their handiwork. Liz, assisted by president Bishnu Subba, demonstrated traditional backstrap weaving. This weaving operation is known as "Woven In Exile."
Several young Bhutanese teens did some Nepali dances, Kirat manglang k lang was presented by nine people in Kirati jewelries, and two men from Cleveland did the maruni dance with one of the men dressed as a woman. A large group of spectators gathered to watch these talented dancers.