Engage all of your senses in a cultural experience that will take you around the world without leaving North Carolina. The 31st Annual International Festival will be October 14-16, 2016 at the Raleigh Convention Center. To celebrate cultural heritage and community there will be over 65 cultures represented this year in dance, music, storytelling, competitions, bazaars, cafés, and much more.
New in 2016 – Teachers can bring students on a field trip to the NC International Festival! Engaging students and raising awareness to the rich and complex diversity we have in our state helps prepare students to thrive in a global society. The 31st Annual International Festival encourages students to enrich the school day and learn about the world outside of the walls of their classroom. On Friday, October 14th, North Carolina K-12 classrooms have been invited to participate in a field trip to experience cultures from across the globe and to perform on stage or provide artwork to share their own cultural heritage.
Educators can make the most of this field trip by integrating information about the countries you will engage with at the festival in the curriculum before and after you attend.
Before the festival ask students: who are the new North Carolinians? where are they from? and what languages might they speak? Use a map to identify countries and become more familiar with regions of the world. Help students to understand the meaning of culture and ways that culture can be expressed or shared.
During the festival give students activities or worksheets with clear goals for completion. Do you have a minimum number of countries you want them to experience? Have students look for similarities in cultures, then differences. Do they hear people speaking different languages? What do you smell while strolling through the café area?
After the festival discuss ways to go deeper with the information seen and heard at the festival, particularly as it relates to the clothing seen, the music heard and the foods eaten and why they are worn/played/eaten and when. Have students share information or stories from their own cultures and make connections for deeper understanding. What global challenges or issues impact the regions of the world or cultures you have learned about?
A field trip to the International Festival can support curriculum units and teaching standards and offers a glimpse into the cultural traditions of many countries. It is also a platform for allowing students to dig deeper for a greater understanding and global awareness, and can support bringing a global perspective to teaching. Listed below are web-based resources that may help for exploring culture and demographics in the classroom.
If you are interested in taking your class to the International Festival on October 14, please go to www.internationalfestival.org to register!
Resources for Educators
Not able to make it to Raleigh?
The 41st Annual International Festival of Charlotte will be held Saturday, September 24 at UNC Charlotte. Throughout this family-friendly day the music and dance of a variety of nations will be presented on indoor and outdoor stages. The festival will also feature an all-ages international games zone to learn about the cultural significance of various games including bocce, chess, soccer and more.
Additionally, the 38th Annual International Folk Festival of Fayetteville will be held September 23-25, 2016. The Folk Festival celebrates the rich and diverse cultural roots of Fayetteville communities through music, art, dance, food, and more.