2013 Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival. Photo by Mary Mumbrue

The sounds, tastes and aromas of other cultures and distant continents will be accessible locally at the 29th annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, from noon to 7 p.m. on  July 19 and 20. Centennial Park, just north of Church Street at the lakefront, will be transformed  into a colorful global village, featuring more than 60 artists representing their heritages and traditions from 36 countries around the world.

To kick off the festival on July 19, the Evanston Escola de Samba will perform a high-energy show of Brazilian percussion, followed by a Carnival Parade for all to join. The concert will begin promptly at noon at the field performance stage.

The complete entertainment schedule and a list of artists and food vendors is available at www.cityofevanston.org/ethnic. Free parking is available at the Northwestern University lot, with free shuttle buses between the parking lot and the festival.