International Festival

For over 40 years the University of Illinois Springfield family has celebrated its rich international and cultural diversity with the annual International Festival. The longest running student-led program in the history of the University, the festival features fun and games from around the globe, cultural performances and exhibits, plus a variety of ethnic foods.

For more information contact the University of Illinois Springfield

Office of International Student Services

217/206-6678

iss@uis.edu

 

Each year a theme is selected. Some of the themes of previous years were:

  • 43rd Annual International Festival- “Global Groove”- October 23rd, 2021
  • 42nd Annual International Festival– “Worldwide Snapshots”- November 1st, 2019
  • 41st Annual International Festival– “One World, Different Face” – November 2nd 2018
  • 40th Int’l Student Festival – “Anniversaries” – November 3th, 2017
  • 39th Int’l Student Festival – “World as One” – November 4th, 2016
  • 38th Int’l Student Festival – “World at a Glance” – November 14th, 2015
  • 37th Int’l Student Festival – “One World, One Beat” – October 24th, 2014
  • 36th Int’l Student Festival – “Passport to the World” – November 15th, 2013
  • 35th Int’l Student Festival – “Spice it up” – November 9th, 2012
  • 34th Int’l Student Festival – “Explore Folklore” – November 11th, 2011
  • 33rd Int’l Student Festival – “Fun and Games Around the Globe” – September 10th, 2010
  • 32nd Int’l Student Festival – “Dancing Under the Stars” – October 25th, 2009
  • 31st Int’l Student Festival – “Harvest Celebrations around the World” – Nov 16th, 2008
  • 30th Anniversary Int’l Student Festival – Jan 27th, 2008
  • 29th Int’l Student Festival – “Global Face Book” – Jan 28th, 2007
  • 28th Int’l Student Festival – “The Spirit of Diversity ” – 2005
  • 27th Int’l Student Festival – “Erasing Borders” – 2004
  • 26th Int’l Student Festival – “A taste of Cultures” – 2003
  • 25th Silver Jubilee Festival of Global Unity – 2002
  • 24th Int’l Student Festival – “Rhythm of nations” – 2001
  • 23rd Int’l Student Festival – “Uniting the world in the new millennium” – 2000
  • 22nd Int’l Student Festival – “A cultural moment in time” – 1999
  • 21st Int’l Student Festival – “A global coming of age” – 1998
  • 20th Int’l Student Festival – “Touching the continent – embracing the world” – 1997
  • 19th Int’l Student Festival – “Windows to the world” – 1996
  • 18th Int’l Student Festival – “Friendship rings around the world” – 1995
  • 17th Int’l Student Festival – “Toys and tales around the world” – 1994
  • 16th Int’l Student Festival – “Arts and crafts around the world” – 1993
  • 15th Int’l Student Festival – “Fabrics and fashions around the world” – 1992
  • 14th Int’l Student Festival – “Peace around the World” – 1991
  • 13th Int’l Student Festival – “Languages around the World” – 1990
  • 12th Int’l Student Festival – “Folk festivals around the World” – 1988
  • 11th Int’l Student Festival – “Games played around the World” – 1987
  • 10th Int’l Student Festival – “Song & Dance around the World” – 1986
  • 9th Int’l Student Festival – 1985
  • 8th Int’l Student Festival – “Celebrations around the World” – 1984
  • 7th Int’l Student Festival – “Weddings around the World” – 1983
  • 6th Annual Int’l Celebration – 1982
  • 5th Annual Int’l Celebration – 1981
  • 4th Annual Int’l Celebration – 1980
  • 3rd Annual Int’l Celebration – 1979
  • 2nd Annual Int’l Celebration – 1978
  • 1st Annual Int’l Celebration – 1977