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2009 Indy International Festival Celebrates Cultural Diversity

Indianapolis’ 2009 International Festival is underway this weekend at the Indiana State Fairground, packed to the brim with family fun and exotic food! This Indianapolis festival is a local favorite. Providing access to cultures around the world, the Indy International Festival has been educating and entertaining Indianapolis people for decades. Annually, the Indy International Festival provided Indianapolis kids and families fun things to do in Indianapolis. This year is certainly no exception.

On Saturday and Sunday, Indianapolis kids can meet Nickelodeon Jr’s Dora the Explorer. Share in an adventure with Dora as the Indy International Festival transports you around the world. Indianapolis performing arts groups as well as groups from across the United States will perform ethnic music and dance all day on the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Learn how to shake, shimmy and sing from this year’s performances. Arthur Murray’s Dance Studio will be teaching the basic steps to the Merengue, Bolero, Tango, Cha Cha and Samba. You can even register to win free in-studio dance lessons.

Don’t miss the Umdabu Dance and Percussion Company as they share all the reasons for dancing. From celebrating the harvest to naming a baby to preparing for a hunt, dancing is an integral part of African culture. Based out of Birmingham, Alabama, the Umdabu Dance and Percussion Company travels the nation sharing the traditions of Contemporary South Africa. At this year’s Indy International Festival, they will showcase four traditional dances and answer questions from the audience.

More than 50 ethnic groups and clubs in Indy will be on hand to host interactive exhibits. Volunteers will don traditional dress and share cultural heritages from various countries. Peppered in among the exhibits, various ethnic artisans will demonstrate culturally unique crafts such as Italian Street Painting. With chalk as their only medium, madonnari (or street painters) will fill the floors of the Indiana State Fairgrounds’ West Pavilion with color and form. Festival goers can try their hand at this ancient Italian art form under the direction of Indianapolis artist and muralist Vandra Linder.

In addition, over 20 local ethnic food vendors will also be on hand to make this global experience complete. Some of the best Indianapolis restaurants will share their favorite dishes. Kahn’s Fine Wines and Spirits will be on hand hosting a Beer and Wine Garden this year. Taste your way around the world as Kahn’s brings a vast sampling of wine and beer from around the world. And Kahn’s Wine and Beer specialist will be on hand to help you pair your drinks with your dinner of authentic cuisines.

All this and much, much more is happening at the 2009 Indy International Festival. From the Naturalization Ceremony, welcoming over 175 new American citizens to the International Marketplace where you can get a head start on your holiday shopping with gifts from around the world, the fun is endless at the Indy International Festival. Look for the Giant Traveling Map of Africa. 26 feet by 35 feet and over 100 pounds, this is the world’s largest map of the continent of Africa. Explore Africa in a BIG way this year at the Indy International Festival.

Tickets to this Indianapolis event are $7.00 in advance for adults and $9.00 at the door. Children ages 6 to 12 are admitted at a flat rate of $6.00. Check out this fun Circle City tradition, and do not forget to have your Indianapolis kid register to win a WTHR Meteorologist visit to their school.Fun happens at the 2009 Indy International Festival. For more information, visit the Indy International Festival’s website. The Indy International Festival, where Indianapolis culture and global cultures collide!

2009 International Festival
November 19 to 22, 2009

Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 E 38th St
Indianapolis, IN 46205-2869
317.927.7500
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