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41st INDY INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2017

Theme: VISUAL ARTS Around The World

November 9, 10 & 11

 

Media Release    

The Indy International Festival, returns Thursday, November 9th through Saturday, November 11th to the Elements Financial Blue Ribbon Pavilion, Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1200 E. 38th Street, Indianapolis. This event presents the unique opportunity to travel the world in just a few steps.  At every turn, a different culture is represented with colorful displays, traditional dress, music, movement and dance, and food and drink.  The Main Stage provides non-stop entertainment that is based on art, culture, and expression from all corners of the globe.  Students and children are given special attention in one of the most concentrated cross-culture learning experiences available anywhere.

The International Festival is an annual celebration of central Indiana’s rich ethnic and cultural diversity.  Hosted by the Nationalities Council of Indiana, Inc., this year marks the 41st annual event.  More than 50 ethnic or national affinity organizations plus other groups, businesses, and individuals interested in focusing on central Indiana’s diversity will host booths at the event.

The festival is designed to feed the body, mind, and spirit with tempting foods, educational experiences, and artistic performances from every continent.  Volunteers in traditional dress in dozens of booths share stories of their ethnic heritage and many offer authentic foods and displays of cultural items.  On stage, talented performers showcase the beautiful choreography, exciting rhythms, and traditional dress of their native lands. 

One of the primary missions of the International Festival is to provide students and teachers with an enriching cultural and educational experience.  Thousands of school children and their teachers will visit the festival on Thursday and Friday, November 10 & 11 from 9:00am to 2:00pm for the "Education Days."

These students will have a unique opportunity to learn about diversity and explore their own ethnic roots as they “travel” the festival using student passports provided by the Nationalities Council of Indiana, Inc.  Also for students, the Nationalities Council of Indiana, Inc. partners with the Geography Educator’s Network of Indiana (GENI) to present the National Geographic Society’s Giant Travelling Maps of ASIA designed to introduce students to the power of maps and the diverse geography of Asia. Special reduced prices are available for school hours. Please email festival@nationalitiescouncil.org for details on how to get the student tickets.

Local ethnic performing groups that are part of the Nationalities Council will present music and dance from America, India, Burma, China, Latvia, Lithuania, Scotland, Japan, Philippines, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Tibet, Ethiopia, Turkey, Norway, Korea, Estonia, Liberia, Nigeria, Mexico, Venezuela, France, Haiti and Romania.

Visitors will find interesting gift shopping opportunities at the International Festival in the International Marketplace. Items from around the world made by artisans and producers whose work conveys their native heritage and culture will be featured.

While, Representatives from Indiana U.S. Senators and U.S. House of Representatives will participate in a moving Naturalization Ceremony as part of the Indy International Festival.  A large group of people will become the newest U.S. citizens in a special ceremony on Thursday, November 9th at 3:00pm.

At the last day of the festival is the Parade of Nations wherein all the member organizations will parade in their ethnic dress on Saturday, November 11th  at 6:00 pm and the Awarding of the Best Cultural and Best Food Booth as well as the Volunteer of the Year will follows at 8:00 pm.

Advance discount tickets for $ 6.00 may be purchase from all the member organizations of Nationalities Council of Indiana, Inc. or call Alma Smith (NCI Treasurer) 317-442-7039 or email her: treasurer@nationalitiescouncil.org

General Admission is $10.00.  Tickets for children 7-12 are $8.00.  Children 6 years and under are free

General Public Hours for the Festival are 2 P.M. - 7 P.M., Thursday and Friday November 9th & 10th; 9 AM- 9 PM Saturday, November 11th.