With Heroes Around the World as this year’s theme, more than 60 local cultural groups will exhibit their heritage and the heroes they honor. From Gandhi to Nelson Mandela, Lech Walesa to Evita Peròn learn about the people that have helped shape the world as it is today. Children will also be able to enjoy face painting, storytelling, craft making and games.
More than forty sidewalk cafes, dessert booths, and tea and coffee houses will offer food from around the world. In addition, area chefs will provide cooking demonstrations of international recipes. New this year are $3 and $5 sampler plates, so festivalgoers may taste a little of everything. Local breweries will also be present serving their best international flavors of beer.
More than 200 live performances will showcase traditional ethnic musicians, costumed dancers and international bands. Special global attractions that can only be seen at the International Festival include the World Folkloric Fashion Show, Wedding Traditions and Celebrations from Around the World, Ms. World Ambassador Competition, Brazilian Carnival, and the International Dance Competition. In addition, for the first time in Raleigh, the play Frida Kahlo: Long Live Life will be performed with the original producer and director Hiram Mirina. The play is presented by the Mexican Consulate in Raleigh.
For the person who wants to find a unique, authentic gift or memento, there is a world bazaar filled with decorative crafts, clothing and jewelry authentic to the country of origin.
Don’t miss the 32nd Annual International Festival of Raleigh, October 20th – 21st at the Raleigh Convention Center. To purchase tickets or for more information visit internationalfocusnc.org.