International Focus believes that communication and community bind people together regardless of their heritage and history. We celebrate the great diversity of the Triangle, where we live side by side with neighbors from all over the world. Our vision is to connect and collaborate with all our neighbors to create a rich community that benefits from the wealth of viewpoints, creativity, wisdom, and friendship our Triangle international family has to offer.
International Focus visitors chosen by U.S. Embassies are current or rising leaders in government, politics, business, education, arts, media, the environment, and every other societal sector. When in the Research Triangle area, IF arranges for their professional and cultural itinerary with an emphasis on increasing mutual understanding through communication at the personal and professional levels.
International Focus is an organization that originated out of cooperation between local ethnic groups, the City of Raleigh, and the Raleigh Sister Cities organization. After the first successful International Festival in 1986, International Focus was established to support the continued implementation of The International Festival of Raleigh.
Festival Sponsors 2016
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