Cultural Guides

Are you interested in connecting with the international community in Cincinnati? You have come to the right place!

The Global Connections are a compilation of global businesses, organizations, and specialists in the Cincinnati region. Find anything from foreign-based trade associations to international festivals to language classes and translation to specialists in different international fields, and everything in between! These resources include arts and culture, education, health, immigration, social services and more! Engage with your world right here in Cincinnati!

What will I find under the Cultural Guides?

Authentic restaurants, grocery stores, schools, festivals and more from the different cultures that make up our community

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A Few Global Facts of Our Region

About Cincinnati region

  • The Greater Cincinnati area has ten Fortune Global 500 companies: Procter and Gamble, Macy’s, Ashland inc., Omnicare, AK Steel Holding Corp., Fifth Third Bancorp., General Cable, American Financial Group, Western & Southern Financial Group, and The Kroger Company.
  • University of Cincinnati’s College of Nursing has the oldest baccalaureate nursing program in the U.S. and works with countries such as Jordan, Tanzania, Honduras, Mexico, and China to improve nursing standards.
  • The Cincinnati Symphony, founded in 1895 was the first American orchestra to make a world tour sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the first orchestra to be broadcast on U.S. radio in 1921.
  • The Academy of World Languages, a Cincinnati Public School, teaches Arabic, Russian, Chinese and Japanese as well as English as a Second Language pre-K-8. The staff and students represent over 37 nationalities and speak over 30 languages.
  • Cincinnati has the oldest Jewish community west of the Allegheny Mountains and has been the center for American Reform Judaism for more than a century.
  • Did you know that Cincinnati-style chili has international origins? Greek immigrants Tom & John Kiradejieff created Cincinnati-style chili as a twist on a traditional Greek dish. They created the chili parlor Empress Chili. Other notable chili parlors in the Greater Cincinnati area have Greek roots as well: Skyline Chili, Dixie Chili & Deli, & Camp Washington Chili to name a few. Gold Star Chili was founded by the Daoud brothers, who were originally from Jordan.
  • Every year for thirty years, Middfest International in Middletown, had featured a different country including Botswana, Indonesia, Mongolia and Peru 2008-11, in year-long programs in trade, arts, humanities and culture. Now Middfest has a focus on a Culture of Peace theme, instead of just focusing on one country.
  • Over-the Rhine, just north of downtown Cincinnati, was once an important German immigrant neighborhood. It has one of the largest collections of Italianate architecture in the country and is one of the largest historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • In addition to the Cincinnati’s nine Sister Cities: Nancy, France; Munich, Germany; Kharkiv, Ukraine; Gifu, Japan; Harare, Zimbabwe; Liuzhou, China; Mysore, India; Amman, Jordan; and New Taipei City, Taiwan, there are others in our region. Blue Ash-Ilmenau, Germany; Colerain-Obergiesing, Germany; Hamilton-South Larnarkshire, Scotland; Montgomery-Neuilly-Plaisance, France; and Middletown-Furukawa/Osaki City, Japan.
  • The State of Ohio has seven Sister State Relationships: Anambra State, Nigeria; Hubei Province, China; Kyongsangbuk-do, Republic of Korea; Saitama Prefecture, Japan; State of Lower Austria; Parana, Brazil; Province of Taiwan as well as Ohio Trade Offices in Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Chile, Brazil, Israel, South Africa, Southeast Asia, Japan, India, China.
  • Corporations, citizen-directed non-profits, and religious groups in our regions are combating the world’s most difficult problems including HIV/AIDS, safe drinking water, poverty, hunger and human trafficking. Check out Global Cincinnati to connect with organizations making lives better in the world.

Global Sites in Greater Cincinnati

  • Visit a piece of the Berlin Wall at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center which overlooks the Ohio River and Kentucky
  • Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Kentucky, contains fourteen twenty by twenty feet Art Deco mosaic murals depicting people at work in Cincinnati. The murals, built during the Great Depression, were originally designed to adorn the walls of Cincinnati’s Union Terminal Railroad Station. Both the murals and the train station, which now serves as the Cincinnati Museum Center, were saved from demolition by local citizens.
  • The statue of Romulus and Remus in Eden Park, is a gift from the City of Rome, another city with “seven hills.”
  • The International Friendship Park on Cincinnati’s riverfront contains sculpture and flora representing five continents.
  • The University of Cincinnati campus was named by Forbes Magazine in March of 2010 as among the “world’s most beautiful college campuses.” Others on the list included Oxford University, Princeton, Stanford, Yale and the University of Virginia. Globe-spanning architects including Frank Gehry, I.M. Pei, Michael Graves, Peter Eisenman, and Bernard Tschumi have all designed buildings at UC. Cited for its “cunning modern architecture” the publisher of the Princeton Architectural Press says “the school has positioned itself for the 21st century with a wholly renovated campus.”
  • Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton, Ohio, features monumental pieces of sculpture from all over the world in an environment of meadows, forests, and gardens. Its “Ancient Sculpture Museum” displays world class Roman, Egyptian, Greek and Etruscan sculptures. The park’s goal is “the eventual establishment of a collection which will demonstrate the complete history of sculpture by mankind.”
  • The Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati in West Chester is known for its beautiful glass windows produced by a Middletown company.
  • The number one tourist attraction in Cincinnati is the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens containing plants and animals from across the globe.
  • At Sawyer Point on Cincinnati’s riverfront, there is a statue of Cincinnatus, the Roman General renowned for his virtue and simplicity. Cincinnati (formerly Losantiville) was renamed by Arthur St. Clair, Governor of the Northwest Territory, in honor of the Society of the Cincinnati, an organization established by Revolutionary War officers to promote knowledge and appreciation of the achievement of American independence and to foster fellowship among its members.
  • The World Peace Bell in Newport, Kentucky is one of twenty such bells in the world. It weighs 73,381 pounds and is 12 feet wide. The bell was cast in the premises of a ship propeller foundry in Nantes, France. It was dedicated on December 31, 1999 as part of the Millennium celebrations.