No passport is needed for the 12th annual International Festival at Mill Creek Regional Park Saturday, Nov. 11.
This free educational festival, hosted by the Office of International Programs and Services at Georgia Southern, will offer attendees the chance to take a small trip around the world from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will feature international foods, bazaar items and performances, highlighting cultures from various countries.
“We’ve been hosting the International Festival since 2005, and over the years it’s been so rewarding to watch it grow — especially seeing the school children and their families come out and learn about the world,” said Angie Threatte, coordinator of International Programs and Events. “Educating our children about different cultures is essential in today’s world — I hope participating in the festival helps them become aware of the importance of being a global citizen!”
Attendees can sample foods from Latin America and countries like China, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Japan, Mongolia, Nigeria, the Philippines and Thailand. Specialty bazaar items from countries including China, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Korea and more, can be purchased in the World Craft Bazaar. Children can participate in activities like face painting, and create free international arts and crafts like Tanzania animals, Mexican flowers, African beaded necklaces, henna hand print tattoos, Singapore flags, African stamp bags, Persian magic carpet, Japanese calligraphy and origami, and Arabic calligraphy at the “It’s a Small World” display.
Performances, ranging from Flamenco and Latin dancing to bellydancing to Tae Kwon Do, will take place on the World Stage and will feature groups like Magical Fires of Polynesia.
Local elementary, middle and high schools, as well as home and charter schools, from surrounding counties have teamed up with international students from the University’s Global Ambassadors Program to create educational country booths. These booths will form the Global Village which will represent several countries. Factual information, arts and crafts and other educational activities will be available at each booth.