The festival is centered around booths arranged in colorful marketplace style representing the cultures of over 50 nations. The booths are staffed by UNC Charlotte international students and members of Charlotte's international community and feature art, crafts and costumes from each participating country. Many booths offer international food for sale.
Throughout the day the music and dance of a variety of nations will be presented on indoor and outdoor stages. In addition, the festival, which is family-oriented, offers a number of elements such as mimes and face painting designed specially for children.
In addition to the hallmark elements, the festival includes an international games zone for attendees of all ages to participate in and learn about the cultural significance of various games. Participants can learn the rules of bocce, play a game of life-sized chess, or join in a soccer match.
Founded in 1975, the festival continues to recognize the region's growing diversity. Attendance at the festival in previous years has been estimated at over 20,000.
In accordance with UNC Charlotte's Pet Policy: Helper Animals Only.
The festival is made possible with support from several campus and community partners including Chartwell's College and University Dining Services, Cone University Center, the Office of Business Affairs, the Office of International Programs, and Student Union Activities & Recreation.
For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte at 704‑687‑7755 or send us a message.