A global bazaar aims to connect islanders to the world

Performances and talks will roll out throughout the day.

Dig Deep Gardens will be the site of “One World Bazaar,” taking place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

The all-day event will include vendors offering wares created around the world, a full slate of performances, speakers and hands-on activities, and food from Taco Mas Tacos to keep attendees nourished throughout the day.

Performances and talks will roll out throughout the day.

At 11:30 a.m., islander Maya Krah will perform bellydance — an umbrella term that includes many folk dances originating in the Middle East, North Africa, Hellas, and Turkey.

Island musician Mark Wells will perform at 1 p.m., playing a mix of Americana and Celtic styles, along with his original songs.

At 3 p.m., noted mythologist and author Michael Meade will speak on “Creating a Better World,” tying together ancient legends and present-day upheavals to the distinctive journey that is constantly unfolding from each soul on earth.

At 5:30 p.m., a global roots ensemble, Christian Sun con Freestyle, will play a set. In addition to Christian Sun, the musicians will include the Juno award-winning artist Naby Camara, from Guinea, West Africa, on balafon, and guitarist Leif Totusek, bringing melodies from the Congo, Haiti and beyond. Dancers are welcome.

Throughout the day, local weaver Suzanne Hubbard will lead a community project in which participants can create individualized prayer flags, expressing in words and symbols what being human means to them.

The flags, to be made from newspapers that have been painted over with wheat paste and white acrylic paint, will be strung together and hung up during the festival.

Also, goods from two communities in South India — the Dongoria and the Todos — will be sold.

Dongoria artisans craft brass jewelry and sculpture, as well as hand-woven and vegetable-dyed shawls. The Todas are known for their highly complex embroidered shawls, worn by both men and women, as well as for growing exceptional coffee.

The Ha-Beyondo Trading Company will also offer a selection of fine handmade crafts from Nepal, with the sale proceeds going to support Tibetan students and refugees in Kathmandu.

In addition to all this, throughout the day, longtime island artist Chris Ramsell will offer pumpkin-carving demos, and astrology and Tarot readings, by Marie Poland and Jeffrey Zhuetlin, respectively, will also take place.

Dig Deep’s Octopus Garden Bar will be open with soft drinks, beer and wine available throughout the bazaar.

For organizer Tami Stone, the day is meant to give attendees a sense of what it means to be a global citizen.

Her hope, she said, was to provide an opportunity for all “to think how our actions on this tiny little island in the Salish Sea impact the rest of the world.”