International Festival

You are invited to eat, explore, and engage in IUPUI’s global community at the International Festival

Each year, the IUPUI International Festival is a lively event for students, staff, faculty, and community members to celebrate the diversity of cultures at IUPUI and connect to international opportunities and resources. 

Thank you for attending the 2019 International Festival!

Save the date for the 2020 IUPUI International Festival:

Thursday, February 27, 2020
10:30am to 2:30pm
IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. 

  • Eat FREE FOOD from around the world!
  • Enjoy global performances by dancers, musicians, and more
  • Explore international opportunities on campus and in the community
  • Stop by the Photo Booth and use #GlobalJags on social media
  • Complete your GlobalJags Passport and win a prize
  • Attend an international themed lecture


2019 Festival Highlights

  • Meet our 2019 Exhibitors

    Nationalities Council of Indiana

    7 Elements - Ethical Service Abroad

    Sikh Student Association

    MA TESOL Program

    Susan G Komen Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center

    IUPUI Working Group on Ethical Community Engagement in Global Learning

    German Club at IUPUI

    Muslim Student Association (MSA)

    Saudi Students Club at IUPUI

    Students For Justice in Palestine

    Sikh Educational & Cultural Society

    Burmese American Community Institute

    Model United Nations at IUPUI

    Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

    Vlad The Impaler “Dracula”, Romanian Society from Indiana

    Native American Student Alliance at IUPUI

    Department of World Languages and Cultures

    Egyptian Student Association (ESA)

    Asian Student Union at IUPUI

    IUPUI International Club

    IU Center for Global Health/AMPATH

    Playground Productions Studio

    Global & International Studies Program (School of Liberal Arts)

    IUPUI Study Abroad

    Peace Corps

    Global Gifts

    International Peer Mentoring Program

    Office of International Affairs

    International Marketplace Coalition

    Indy Internationals

    English for Academic Purposes Program

    Wisdom of the Vedas

    Program for Intensive English / PIE Student Association


    Student Health

    IUPUI University Library

    ELS Language Centers - Indianapolis

    Consulate of Mexico in Indianapolis

    Friends of Fulbright-Argentina at IUPUI

    Native American Student Alliance at IUPUI

    Scottish Society of Indianapolis

    Immigrant Welcome Center

  • Learn something new

    World Languages & Cultures Lecture Series

    Each year the Department of World Languages and Cultures puts on a Lecture Series.  Topics are as international as the rest of the festival and showcase the work that faculty does outside of teaching.  No lecture or lecture series is the same year to year, so check back next year to see what exciting topics will be covered.

    Until then, here's the 2019 Schedule:

    9:00 am

    “On the Edge of the Third Millennium: Religious Interpretations of the Space Age in Brazil”
    Kelly Hayes, Department of Religious Studies

    11:00 am

    “Teacher Training in Romania, China, and Mexico”
    Estela Ene, English for Academic Purposes Program, Department of English

    11:30 am

    “Health from the Perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine”
    Jing Wang, Program in Chinese, Department of World Languages and Cultures

    12:00 pm

    “A Moroccan University’s Approach to Improve its Nation’s Maternal and Child Health”
    Jack Turman, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (Fairbanks School of Public Health)

    12:30 pm

    “Motherhood, Female Prophecy, and the Villa of the Mysteries Frieze”
    Elizabeth Thill, Classics Program, Department of World Languages and Cultures

    1:00 pm

    “The Power of a Problem: Cultural Differences on Perceptions of Breastfeeding Challenges and Communication across 3 Islands in Indonesia”
    Nicole Johnson, Department of Communication Studies

    1:30 pm

    “Traditional Agriculture in the Tropics and around the Globe”
    Rick Bein, Department of Geography

    2:00 pm

    “Germans as Emigrants: A History of a Diaspora”
    Kevin Cramer, Department of History
    A "Wunderbar Together" Event

    2:30 pm

    “Guest Workers and the Immigrant Question in Postwar Germany”
    Michael Snodgrass, Department of Global and International Studies
    A "Wunderbar Together" Event

  • Discover a new favorite food!

    Every year, 5-6 student and scholar submitted recipes from around the world are selected and served at the festival itself.

    This year's foods were:

    • Acuka - a Turkish dip made from walnuts and goat cheese, served with pita
    • Chicken Shawarma - an Indian-spiced version of the dish eaten all over the Middle East.  Served with a yogurt sauce and pita
    • Spicy Potato Salad - a light, spicy side dish from China, flavored with hot chilies, sesame oil, and a touch of sugar, tossed with scallions
    • Malva Pudding - a sweet South African dessert made with eggs, sugar, butter, cream, and just a touch of apricot.
    • Mango Lassi - a smoothie-like drink from India, perfect for hot days and delightfully sweet

     Like what you tasted?  Try making your own version of our international foods:

    Download the Recipes

    Samples of all five dishes were served from 11 am - 2 pm all around the Campus Center Atrium and Lower Level.

  • See the world on stage

    Every year we invite international student groups, community groups, staff, and faculty to share a part of their culture on stage.  Performances run 11 am - 2 pm, so stop by the festival stage on the first floor of the Campus Center to see music, singing, poetry, dance, and more from around the world.

    This year's performances were:

    • 11:00 am - Fall Creek Valley Middle School Mariachi Club
    • 11:20 am - Playground Productions, music and dance from around the world
    • 11:30 am - DesiJags, performing in the Indian dance style known as Bihu
    • 11:40 am - Indy Samba, Brazilian dance styles ranging from Samba to Axé
    • 12:00 pm - Indianapolis Chinese Community Center, Inc., traditional Chinese Lion dance
    • 12:10 pm - Vidyani Suryadevara, performing a dance in the classical Indian style of Pushpanjali
    • 12:15 pm - PIE Flulbright Argentina, performing Argentinian songs
    • 12:30 pm - Chinese Culture Club, a Tai Chi demonstration
    • 12:50 pm - Jumana Radwan of the Muslim Student Association, song
    • 1:00 pm - African Student Association, Afrobeats and Dancehall dance group performances
    • 1:15 pm - World Languages and Culture, global poetry reading

    Have an idea for next year?  Check back at the end of the year for the performer interest form for IUPUI students, faculty, and staff.


Festival Sponsors

The 2019 IUPUI International Festival was possible due to generous funding from the IUPUI 50th Anniversary Event Fund, Chartwells, Coca-Cola, and Barnes & Noble. Additional in-kind sponsors include Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza, the NCAA Hall of Champions, Indianapolis Indians, Global Gifts, Just Pop In, Pacers Sports & Entertainment, Exodus Refugee, and the IUPUI University Library.

The 195 flags of the United Nations will be on display in the IUPUI Campus Center for the month of February on loan from the International Center's flag collection

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