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International Festival

For over 35 years the University of Illinois Springfield family has celebrated its rich international and cultural diversity with the annual International Festival.

The longest running student-led program in the history of the University, the festival features fun and games from around the globe, cultural performances and exhibits, plus a variety of ethnic foods. This year’s festival centers on the theme One World, One Beat. Friends from the greater Springfield community will be joining UIS students, faculty, and staff to share a day of cultural games and exhibits, artistic performances, food tasting, and more, all with the international flavor that you have come to expect over the years. Again this year, in order to make the festival accessible to all, we are not charging admission. We will also have professional storytellers performing their craft to fully embrace the folklore theme. They will be luring us in with music and tales from cultures from around the globe.

Festival activities begin at 5:00pm and conclude at 8:00pm. Be sure to pick up a program as you enter, so that you can find your way to the exhibits, cuisine, and performances in which you are most interested. And plan to spend some time getting to know people you have never met before, literally from every part of our world!

  • Watch a slideshow of the 33rd annual Festival
  • Watch a slideshow of the 32nd annual Festival
  • Watch a slideshow of the 31st annual Festival
  • Watch a slideshow of the 30th annual Festival
  • Watch a slideshow of the 29th annual Festival

For more information contact the University of Illinois Springfield

  • Office of International Student Services
  • 217/206-6678

Each year a theme is selected. Some of the themes of previous years were:

  • 36th Int’l Student Festival – “Passport to the World” – November 15th, 2013
  • 35th Int’l Student Festival – “Spice it up” – November 9th, 2012
  • 34th Int’l Student Festival – “Explore Folklore” – November 11th, 2011
  • 33rd Int’l Student Festival – “Fun and Games Around the Globe” – September 10th, 2010
  • 32nd Int’l Student Festival – “Dancing Under the Stars” – October 25th, 2009
  • 31st Int’l Student Festival – “Harvest Celebrations around the World” – Nov 16th, 2008
  • 30th Anniversary Int’l Student Festival – Jan 27th, 2008
  • 29th Int’l Student Festival – “Global Face Book” – Jan 28th, 2007
  • 28th Int’l Student Festival – “The Spirit of Diversity ” – 2005
  • 27th Int’l Student Festival – “Erasing Borders” – 2004
  • 26th Int’l Student Festival – “A taste of Cultures” – 2003
  • 25th Silver Jubilee Festival of Global Unity – 2002
  • 24th Int’l Student Festival – “Rhythm of nations” – 2001
  • 23rd Int’l Student Festival – “Uniting the world in the new millennium” – 2000
  • 22nd Int’l Student Festival – “A cultural moment in time” – 1999
  • 21st Int’l Student Festival – “A global coming of age” – 1998
  • 20th Int’l Student Festival – “Touching the continent – embracing the world” – 1997
  • 19th Int’l Student Festival – “Windows to the world” – 1996
  • 18th Int’l Student Festival – “Friendship rings around the world” – 1995
  • 17th Int’l Student Festival – “Toys and tales around the world” – 1994
  • 16th Int’l Student Festival – “Arts and crafts around the world” – 1993
  • 15th Int’l Student Festival – “Fabrics and fashions around the world” – 1992
  • 14th Int’l Student Festival – “Peace around the World” – 1991
  • 13th Int’l Student Festival – “Languages around the World” – 1990
  • 12th Int’l Student Festival – “Folk festivals around the World” – 1988
  • 11th Int’l Student Festival – “Games played around the World” – 1987
  • 10th Int’l Student Festival – “Song & Dance around the World” – 1986
  • 9th Int’l Student Festival – 1985
  • 8th Int’l Student Festival – “Celebrations around the World” – 1984
  • 7th Int’l Student Festival – “Weddings around the World” – 1983
  • 6th Annual Int’l Celebration – 1982
  • 5th Annual Int’l Celebration – 1981
  • 4th Annual Int’l Celebration – 1980
  • 3rd Annual Int’l Celebration – 1979
  • 2nd Annual Int’l Celebration – 1978
  • 1st Annual Int’l Celebration – 1977

Watch a slideshow of the 33rd annual Festival

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