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Globally Challenged: Birmingham's 2nd Annual Adult Geography & Culture Bee

  • Bottletree 3719 3rd Ave S Birmingham, AL, 35222 United States (map)

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This is an educational and participatory game show! This unique and fun-filled event features contestants, arranged into “Continent” teams, answering questions about world geography and culture on stage. Incorporated into the competition are performances by artists from Birmingham international communities.

It presents a chance for Birminghamians to show off their knowledge of world culture through friendly and humor filled competition, and win fantastic prizes.  The competition will be emceed by Max Rykov.

$20 to participate on a team

$10 to attend the event

To purchase tickets, please visit the Bottletree calendar of events!

Proceeds from the event will go to the Birmingham International Center's Cultural Education Program.



Middle Eastern Belly Dancer: Aaliyah took her first belly dance class in 2009 with Maya of Montgomery, where she fell in love with the rhythms and the music. She has continued learning dance at Aziza's School of Middle Eastern Belly Dance in Birmingham. Aziza has taught and performed Egyptian Classic Middle Eastern Belly Dance for more tahn 36 years in the Birmingham area. For information on taking Belly Dancing classes please visit 


Corazon Flamenco Dancers:

Ana Diaz, "La Canela", has been dancing Flamenco since the age of four and was under Antonio Lopez from Granada for ten years. She resumed Flamenco training in 2009 with Irene Rimer and has since then been dancing as part of Corazon Flamenco.


Ilene Brill was a member of the Birmingham Hispanic Dance Company, and now studies under Irene Rimer. Ilene credits the memory of Melanie Mihalik for her ballet training and support, and continues to study ballet and has studied Argentine Tango.

Dr. Robert Adler, a founding member of the Birmingham Hispanic Dance Company (BHDC), began Spanish dance training in 1984, and has trained under Irene Rimer since 2006. While visiting Latin America and Spain for teaching and research, he gathers musical and artistic materials to keep BHDC's work authentic and up-to-date.

Colombian Guitarist and Singer:  Holguer Pimientohas been performing tropical and international music, including bossa nova, samba, cumbia, and mambo, for over 50 years. In 2004 Holguer teamed up with percussionist Greg Hendrick to form "Los Broken Corazones" (The Broken Hearts) and they've been a hit wherever they perform; from small taverns to music festivals to corporate functions.


Irish Cultural Performers:  Join Jil Chambless and Molly hand from the Alabama Academy of Irish Dance for an Irish Cultural performance including dancing, flute playing and more. The Alabama Academy of Irish Dance (AAID) is a non profit organization dedicated to promoting the Irish arts through Irish dance instruction and performance. Classes are held in Birmingham by Molly Hand, and in Tuscaloosa by Kim Davis. For more information visit

Alabama native, Jil Chambless has played an active role in the Celtic music scene for more than 25 years.  As singer and flute and whistle player, Jil has completed many recording projects and performed at Celtic festivals and concerts across the US.

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