- Published: 26 June 2015 26 June 2015
We at International Focus support the international community and local businesses by making connections, celebrating differences, and encouraging cultural understanding. Our commitment and dedication is manifested with our preparation for the 30th international festival this October 9th, 10th and 11th.
Our celebration is made possible by our ethnic groups who have supported our festival for many years by volunteering many hours to represent their country and ethnic group with pride. Their dances, landmarks, food, customs, history, music, but most importantly their pride never ceases to impress us. We are proud of the many countries we bring together under one roof in our beloved city, Raleigh.
This year we have several new attractions we are excited about:
The Art Contest: Wake County Public School Art Teachers are already on the ball. They have recruited young artists and they will be participating in the contest. Marbles Museum will display some of the art work during the summer months (see details to enter)
No registration needed. Winner will be chosen by the artist Bob Rankin and will be announced at the international festival.
The Talent Show: The talent show will take place on Sunday Oct 11th 12:00-2:00 (in Sophia's corner) the idea is to encourage our young children to share their talent, music, dance, magic tricks, etc. and gain self-confidence. They will all receive a certificate for participating (see flier for details)
Folkloric Fashion Show: Friday Oct 9th at 8:00 pm (Variety stage) we will hold our first international fashion show to showcase folkloric costumes from around the world. We encourage everyone to participate and share the art and history behind each attire. (see flier for details)
Dance Competition: Sunday October 11th at 3:30 (Main stage) we will hold our second annual dance competition. Last year, everyone had a blast, this year we are moving to main stage. We encourage you to sign up quick as the spots fill up quickly and there are only about 15 spots available, so make sure you sign up soon.
Postcards: We are still collecting postcards, so when you go home this summer, please drop us a note and send it to International Focus – 3700 National Dr. Suite 214 Raleigh NC 27612
A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words: We are collecting pictures from 30 years ago and we'd like to display them at the festival. If you can send us a few from your ethnic group participating over the years, please do, we'd love to display the festival.
- Published: 04 May 2015 04 May 2015
We are proud to admit that we are 30 Years Old! Perhaps you might not want to admit it but if you were with us at the beginning, 30 years ago, in 1985, then we would love to see your photos!
If you'd like to mail us the printed photo send it to International Focus - 3700 National Dr. Suite 214 Raleigh NC 27612
Include your name and contact info because we'll be judging to select the best of the entries and the winner will receive FREE Admission to this years International Festival and a feature spot on our website! We'll include them all in our photo album to be displayed at the festival.
The children who danced on stage 30 years ago are now cheering for their children on stage! what a beautiful moment... we hope you've captured it.
- Published: 28 May 2015 28 May 2015
We're collecting postcards from around the world.
Please send your favorite postcard from your travels and write us a personal message. We love hearing from you!
Your cards will be displayed at this year's festival, so make sure your country is represented.
Mail Cards to :
International Festival 2015
3700 National Dr.
Raleigh NC 27612
- Published: 09 April 2015 09 April 2015
International Visitors of this Leadership Program had a number of objectives during their time with International Focus in The Triangle. Visitors came from Bulgaria, Jordan, Namibia, Sweden, Thailand and Tunisia to study "Global Cooperation in the New Economy".
- The review of major developments in the global economic landscape and the shifting powers of economic influence on the world stage
- The exploration of the domestic political, market, and economic forces that shape U.S. international trade policy and the policy-making process.
Members of International Focus, Guests, Staff, and the Board of Directors engage with International Visitors in economic discussions at the First Citizen Diplomacy Event of 2015!
- Published: 31 March 2015 31 March 2015
A student delegation of 13 teenagers ages 15-18 and 2 adult chaperones from Iraq will be in the Triangle area for a Youth Leadership Program August 6 – 20, 2015. The program is under the auspices of the U.S.A. Department of State, World Learning and International Focus, Inc.
The objective of the program is to promote mutual understanding between people of the USA and Iraq by promoting interaction with peers and families, service learning activities at universities and other facilities, and the creation of a service project to implement upon returning to Iraq. They will also participate in cultural outings, social gatherings and recreational activities. Thus, we hope to inspire and create a new generation of globally-minded leaders.
We are in need of families to host our guests (1-2 / household) for all or part of the duration of their visit. Host families would be expected to provide; breakfast and dinner daily, a place to sleep and weekday transportation to and from a designated location, probably near Crabtree Valley Mall, Raleigh. Host families are free to entertain their guests as they please, for the weekends during their visit.
If you or anyone you know, would be interested in participating, please contact:
- Published: 04 February 2014 04 February 2014
IVLP Home Hospitality offers you the opportunity to host small dinner events in your home for two to four visitors. Individuals and families are invited to volunteer as hosts and may be needed at any time throughout the year as delegations visit NC nearly every month.
Home Hospitality isn't complicated. There's no need to plan anything particularly fancy, as the goal is simply that you share your warmth, interest, and dinner hospitality with our international guests. These dinners areinvariably lively, enjoyable exchanges, and we keep them small in size not just to limit the host's burden of preparation, but also to foster more extensive dialogue.
A home hospitality dinner may take many forms: a family-style dinner with immediate family and/or close friends, a potluck, or a picnic where you bring the dinner to share. What matters most is a spirit of warm, welcoming hospitality.