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2015 Festival

Our 30th International Festival Was A Success!

To say, our 30th family reunion was heartwarming would be an understatement. We were happy to see familiar faces that were looking forward to represent their country/culture with pride.

Our festival celebrated dances from around the world on two stages, over 42 cultures on one stage, 30 on the other with audience participation, biergarten area, international bands, over 100 children's art competition, acrobats, twenty eight different cafes, over 22 cooking demonstrations, over 25 different fun activities, and over 2000 volunteers, but what was most prevalent was the pride and love that went into this festival.

Dreamsdared were so kind and patient with installation of our balloon drop, Fat Production is one of the most reliable AV companies we can always count on, Theo Davis printing helped us cut costs and exceed expectation with quality and speed.

Sure, there are many events every weekend in Raleigh, but none of them do what we do, bring together talents from around the world. Our goal and mission has always been to build bridges between cultures and promote understanding. We bring the world together under one roof to celebrate talent, fun, and food.

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So Many Talented, Worldly Young Artists!

Our 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Winners!

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We are proud of our artists in training! It was so difficult to choose a winner as they all were winners in our eyes. We loved admiring and hanging them!

Congratulations to all the winners and honorable mentions, shown below.

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One of the most touching paintings came to us from an 8 year old in Indonesia. His package was carefully wrapped and protected with cardboard. As you know the theme was: WHEN I GROW UP I WOULD LIKE TO TRAVEL TO.....
This wee one’s description was so sweet, he writes:
One day I would like to travel to a place where the trees are so tall they reach the sky and so big they would protect me from anything...

If you are looking for a great present for the teachers, friends, and family why not give them a beautiful box of handcrafted cards. It helps us with fundraising and you can get your shopping done early.
They are now on sale $20 (originally $30). These make great gifts ad will help us raise funds for the festival. Available at the International Festival office - call ahead 919-782-0552

"Brew Global, Drink Local" in our Beer Garden

This year we've brought you some of the areas best breweries for a global pour. 

Enjoy a tasting flight or just try something new!

Choose from:

Foothills~Big Boss~Nickelpoint Brewing~Yadkin Riverkeeper (Doppelbock)~Specialty Cask~Vienna Lager~Oktoberfest (Marzen)~Centaur Saison (French/ Belgian)~Bad Penny Brown (UK)~Draft Line~Raleigh Brewing~Hemmings Pilsner (Czech)~Aviator Brewing~Cask~RiverSteam Scotch (Scotland)~Devil's Tramping Ground (Belgian Tripel)~Wide Open Red (Irish Red)

Enjoy a beer while listing to some of our local bands! See our Variety Stage schedule.

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2015 Variety Stage

Variety Stage: Friday

Time Country Description Presented By
4:30 PM Ireland Irish Dance Presented by Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance
5:30 PM Polynesia & Mexico Polynesian and Mexican folkloric-Jalisco and Veracruz Bethanie Mickles and Linda Sheffield, World of Dance
6:00 PM Proud of my Culture Fashion Show    
7:00 PM Aerial Acrobat Down to Earth   Down to Earth
7:30-8:45 PM African   Diali Cisskoho & Kaira Ba
http://www.kairabamusic.com/
9:15-10:30 PM Celtic/Irish   Nine Times Around https://www.reverbnation.com/ninetimesaround

Variety Stage: Saturday

Time Country Description Presented by
10:00 AM Japan Japanese Tea ceremony and dance Yoko Iwashima
10:45 AM Egypt Egyptian Belly Dance Amara Al Amir & Tapestry
11:30 AM Polynesia Polynesian Bethanie Mickles, World of Dance Performing Arts Co
12:00 PM Ireland Irish Dance Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance
12:30 PM Variety Latin and hip hop Vinh Ngo
1:00 PM Acrobats Acrobats Sara Phoenix/Cirque De Vol Studios
2:00 PM Venezuela Venezuela Drums Meralis Bile
2:30 PM India India-Bollywood Fitness Priya Chellani-Indigo Dance Acadamy
3:00-4:15 PM Brazil Brazilian Drumming & Percussion Batuque de Terrario
http://batuquedeterreiro.com/
4:45-6:00 PM Caribbean Reggae Crucial-Fiya http://www.crucialfiya.com/
6:00 PM Variety Middle East Nadine Masri, Remy SanLuis , Alicia Betincourt
7:00 PM Variety Latin and hip hop Vinh Ngo
8:00 PM Variety Latin, Caribbean, Soca Jenny Geska
8:45 PM Zumba Party International Mix  

Variety Stage: Sunday

Time Country Description Presented by
11:00 AM Egypt /Tribal/Polynesian Egyptian, Tribal Style and Raqs Sharki World in Motion
12:00 PM Ireland Irish Dance Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance
12:30 PM Venezuela Venezuelan Drums Meralis Bile
1:00 PM Variety Acrobats Cirque de Vol
2:00 PM Israel Easy Israeli folkloric dance Adam Holtzman
2:30 PM Turkish Belly Dance Turkish Style Kelly Buynitzky
3:00 PM India India-Bollywood Dance Priya Chellani-Indigo Dance Acadamy
3:30 PM Egypt Egyptian Belly Dance Amara Al Amir & Tapestry
4:00 PM Japan Bon Adori Ms. Fusako Purser
4:30 PM Greek Zorba and Belly Dance Xenia Preveziotiz
5:00 PM Variety Latin-Salsa, Merengue and Hip Hop Vinh Ngo
5:30 PM Egypt Egyptian Belly Dance Amara Al Amir & Tapestry
6:30 PM India Traditional Bharatanatyam Ramya Kapadia of Natyarpana School of Dance & Music

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