The International Center aims to promote events in Indiana that highlight and celebrate cultural diversity and international relations. Whether you like to engage in international diplomacy, eat Chinese food, dance to Russian music, celebrate a French holiday, or participate in Scottish games, we hope you’ll find a way to celebrate and participate in our global city.

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June 2017


June 17, 2017 - April 30, 2018
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis,IN46206United States
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DANCE! is the first temporary exhibit to be featured in The Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture. Visitors to this exhibit should be ready to move their feet to the beat and join the fun. This multigenerational exhibit looks at dance styles through the ages and around the world. Families who feel daring may want to put on their dancing shoes and take the stage to showcase their best dance moves. The exhibit runs through April 30, 2018. For more information about Dance!, visit The Children's Museum or call 317-334-3322

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November 2017

Carmel Christkindlmarkt

November 18 @ 1:00 pm - December 24 @ 9:00 pm
10 Center Green, 10 Center Green
Carmel,IN46032United States
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The Carmel Christkindlmarkt is bringing the old world charm of Christmas in Germany to beautiful Carmel, Indiana. The Christmas market tradition stretches back to Saxony, Germany during the middles ages. Over the centuries, the joys of the traditional Christmas markets spread from town to town, and around the world!

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Chinese Lantern Festival

November 24, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - January 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1200 East 38th Street
Indianpolis,IN46205United States
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Produced by Tianyu Arts and Culture, Inc., the Lantern Festival will illuminate the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center with 33 sets of larger-than-life lantern displays and more than 1000 LED light components. Each display is handmade and custom built by dozens of Chinese artisans who travel the world to keep this centuries-old tradition alive. Visitors will explore both the ancient culture of China while learning about the Chinese traditions of today by taking a walking interactive tour of breathtaking displays, including a 100 ft. long Chinese dragon and a 30 ft. tall traditional Chinese arch. The festival also features nightly performances by Chinese acrobats, traditional Chinese handicraft demonstrations, and the flavors of traditional Chinese cuisine. Since 2015, this international touring light show has traveled to 14 different U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Milwaukee, Nashville, Tenn., New Orleans, Norfolk, Va., Philadelphia, San Antonio, and Spokane, Wash. Indianapolis will be the fifteenth stop and the festival’s first visit to Indiana and is hoping to attract more than 50,000 visitors and will be a totally distinctive experience for Hoosiers during the holiday season. Highlights: More than 30 sets of larger-than-life size lantern displays with more than 1000 LED light components. 100 ft. long Chinese dragon and 30 ft. tall traditional Chinese arch Exciting performances by Chinese acrobats Traditional Chinese handicraft demonstrations Marketplace for Chinese souvenirs Traditional Chinese cuisine as well as standard American fare available for purchase Tickets: $15, adult; $12, seniors 65+ and military; $10, child; free, children four and under. Parking is $5.

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January 2018

20th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Festival

January 13, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Christian Theological Seminary, 1000 W. 42nd St.
Indianapolis,IN46208United States
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A community festival to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s theme “celebrating black excellences features the Black Farmers Market, a Black Business Bazaar put on by Don’t Sleep, and much more. Enjoy music, art-making, poetry, peace games, family yoga and the presenting of the Power of Peace award!

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February 2018

World Fair

February 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fishers High School, 13000 Promise Rd
Fishers,INUnited States
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The YMCA Annual World Fair is an event where our attendees get to travel from booth to both exploring and learning about different countries. At each booth, attendees get their "passport" stamped, taste food from that country and make a craft. Throughout the day, attendees will get to watch performances by the countries that include: singing, dancing, demonstrations, poetry and artwork.

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IUPUI International Festival

February 14, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
IUPUI Campus Center, 450 University Blvd.
Indianapolis,IN46202United States
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You are invited to eat, explore, and engage in IUPUI’s global community at the International Festival Part of IUPUI International Week February, 11-17, 2018! Eat FREE FOOD from around the world Wednesday, February 14, 2018 10:30am to 2:30pm IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. Explore international opportunities on campus and in the community Wear international fashions in the Best Dressed Contest and use #GlobalJags on social media for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble giftcard Complete your GlobalJags Passport and win a prize! And enjoy performances by dancers, musicians, and more.

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