On Saturday, April 8, it’s the 35th annual International Festival, or I-Fest, offering music, food, exhibits, educational demonstrations and live entertainment from all regions of the globe. More than 29 countries and cultures will be represented at UNCG’s longest running cultural event on campus.
“UNCG is an incredibly diverse university,” said Lauren Hudson, international student activities coordinator for UNCG’s International Programs Center (IPC). “I think having a festival that celebrates and promotes cultural diversity speaks to that tradition. This event allows us to showcase and embrace the traditions of UNCG international students, scholars and visitors, as well as the greater Greensboro community.”
This year, there will be 50 booths and 20 performances along College Avenue on campus from noon to 5 p.m., with cultures from Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East represented. The event, sponsored by IPC, is free and open to the public.
A large Japanese Taiko drum ensemble, Earth Spirit Taiko, will kick off the festival performances at noon. Throughout the afternoon they’ll be followed by a variety of other performances, including Bollywood dance, Iranian dance, Peruvian dance, Korean pop, Nepalese dance, Colombian dance, Laotian dance, Chilean dance, Persian dance and Mexican dance from Jalisco.Many of those performing will be UNCG students.
Food will be available for purchase from food trucks, and free samples will be offered at individual booths. Crafts from different countries will also be for sale. Mock passports will be distributed again this year so that attendees can receive stamps at the numerous country booths.
“The International Festival is a great opportunity to highlight our UNCG international community not only to on-campus folks but also to those who visit from other places,” said Associate Provost of International Programs Penelope Pynes. “It is a collaboration of a variety of offices, students and local community members, making it a truly vibrant celebration. It’s amazing to celebrate its 35th year.”
For more information, visit the I-Fest website.