About NCI


We Celebrate Diversity!

Our Story

The Nationalities Council is a non-profit, all-volunteer educational foundation comprised of more than 50 ethnic or national affinity organizations plus other groups, corporations and individuals interested in celebrating Indy’s diversity. Since 1976, the Nationalities Council’s annual International Festival, held each fall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, has been a popular “Celebration of Diversity” that introduces thousands of schoolchildren and adults to the wide range of Indy’s culinary, historical, social, ethnic and linguistic heritage. The Council has worked to increase the visibility of and participation by ethnic groups in the community life of central Indiana.


What We Do

Promoting Culture

To provide a structure for organizing and promoting cultural and ethnic activities of a non-political and non-religious nature.

Connecting People

To promote and increase communication and cultural exchange across ethnic and racial lines among people of all nationalities, races, and cultures.

Providing Support

To support the cultural and ethnic activities of our member groups and other cultural and ethnic organizations.

The Council’s website includes links to hundreds of multicultural and international organizations in Indianapolis and Indiana, a comprehensive calendar of international events, and links to thousands more pages of information, including the only comprehensive directory of ethnic restaurants, markets and festivals in the Indianapolis area.

The Ethnic Hoosier, a monthly newsletter, is sent free of charge to an electronic mailing list and in paper form to members.

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