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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August 2017

Indy’s European Beer Mile: Beer & Food Tour

August 1 @ 1:00 pm - November 16 @ 8:30 pm

Take a stroll down Indy's culture trail where you are just steps away from a cozy English pub, a lively Irish watering hole, and a friendly Scottish-American Bar & Restaurant. During this guided walking tour, you'll learn a brief history of beer, sample and learn about European beer styles, and pick up some fun facts to impress your friends! What the Tour includes:  * 4 bars/restaurants of European influence * At each location you will receive 2 beer samples from Europe and an appetizer to share * Tour Guide * Professional group photo * Complimentary thank you gift Events are on-going: * 1:00-4:30 & 5:00 - 8:30, Sun & Tues-Thurs * 1:00 - 4:30, Fri & Sat Location: 4 venues in Mass Ave with meeting spot to be disclosed upon booking the tour Price: $75/person or $60/person for a group of 7 or more. For more info and to book a tour, visit the website or call  Amy Beers, 317-782-5670.  

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India Day

August 20 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

The annual India Day will take place at Monument Circle. You will enjoy cultural performances (vocal, dances, instrumental, musical) from different parts of India, music from the east and the west, educational booths, ethnic food vendors, parade and Float. The India association of Indianapolis (IAI) is a nonprofit organization established in 1967. It is celebrating its 50th year in 2017. One of our missions is to showcase and share our rich Indian heritage and culture and foster cultural exchange and harmony between the people of India and the United States. We have been collaborating with Indianapolis Hyderabad sister city committee (IHSCC) over these past years to further enhance arts and culture in Indiana.

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FINA World Junior Swimming Championships

August 23 @ 8:00 am - August 28 @ 5:00 pm
IUPUI Natatorium, 901 West New York Street
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Join us on August 23-28 at IUPUI Natatorium for the 2017 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.  Swimmers from around the globe will be competing in Indianapolis for Junior World Titles.  Watch future stars and meet Olympic swimming legends throughout the event. To purchase tickets and cheer on your country, please visit Friends of the International Center will receive 50% off individual tickets by using the promotional code INTCTR.   Meet Olympic Legends & US National Team Members Missy Franklin – Six time Olympic Medalist Cullen Jones- Four time Olympic Medalist Maritza McClendon – 2004 Olympian, gold medalist and World Champion Jordan Wilimovsky – 2017 World Championship Silver medalist in the 10K, 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Member Madisyn Cox – 2017 World Championship Bronze Medalist in 200 IM   International Stars: Kliment KOLESNIKOV     Russia                  2017 World Championship Finalist – World Junior Record 200 Back Nicolo MARTINENGHI    Italy                     2017 World Championship Semifinalist- World Junior Record 100 Breast Penny OLEKSIAK             Canada                2016 Olympic Gold Medalist – 2017 World Championship Finalist (100 Fee/fly) Taylor RUCK                     Canada               2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist in the 4x200 freestyle relay Ajna KESELY                     Hungary              2017 World Championships Finalist in the 1500 free Kristof MILAK                  Hungary              2017 World Championship Silver Medalist -World Junior record 100 fly Antani IVANOV               Bulgaria               2017 World Championship Finalist in the 200 fly Rikako IKEE                      Japan                   2017 World Championship Finalist in the 100 fly   Location: IUPUI Natatorium 901 W New York St. Indianapolis, IN 46202 Time: August 23 – 29 Prelims/Heats: 9:30 am Finals: 6:00 pm   If you have any questions regarding the event please contact Annie White   Thanks and we look forward to hosting you at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.

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Indiana-Zhejiang 30th Anniversary Celebration & Business Seminar

August 24 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Indiana Convention Center, 100 South Capitol Avenue
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On Thursday, August 24th, the State of Indiana and the America China Society of Indiana will host the Indiana-Zhejiang 30th Anniversary Celebration and Business Seminar at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. The half-day event, led by Indiana Governor Mr. Eric Holcomb and Zhejiang Party Secretary Mr. Che Jun, will feature a business matchmaking seminar, a signing ceremony re-affirming our sister state relationship, and a special photo exhibition cataloging the Indiana-Zhejiang Relationship. Lunch will be provided.

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Festa Italiana

August 25 @ 5:00 pm - August 26 @ 11:00 pm

Eat, live, and play Italian at Festa Italiana hosted by Cesare Battisti Lodge at Villa Cesare in Schererville, IN. Festa Italiana will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Aug 25 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 26. A variety of Italian favorites will be available including pizza, Italian sausage, Italian beef, arancini (rice ball), meatball sandwiches and specialty desserts. A beer garden, featuring Italian beer Peroni will be open both days. Festa Italiana will host a series of events to experience the Italian lifestyle, including a wine pairing, pizza-making contest, cannoli eating contest and more. Sounds of traditional and non-traditional Italian music will be performed throughout the fest, with headlining bands capping off the night. The traditional Italian game of bocce ball will be featured with an all-day tournament on Saturday. The event is hosted by Cesare Battisti Lodge #27, an Italian-American organization and a local chapter of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America. The lodge is not-for-profit and has made contributions to local charities and organizations for nearly a century. For questions or inquiries: Jon Biancardi, Festa Chairman – 219-616-4842 or

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America’s Role in the World: Why Leading Globally Matters for Indiana

August 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The Westin Indianapolis, 241 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis,IN46204United States
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Join Senator Todd Young, John Ellenberger of Land O’Lakes, and Ambassador Lee Feinstein of Indiana University for a dynamic lunch discussion on the positive impact of global affairs programs in Indiana.

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America China Society of Indiana Annual Gala

August 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conrad Indianapolis, 50 West Washington St.
Indianapolis,IN42604United States
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Featured Speaker: Mr. Hong Lei Consul General People's Republic of China Chicago Office 6:00pm Networking Reception 7:00pm Program Begins 8:45pm Program Ends SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION All Sponsors receive complimentary tickets to Aug. 24th's Indiana-Zhejiang Celebration! $150 ACSI Corporate Members $200 Non-Members To register, please contact Colin at

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The International State of Indiana with Judy O’Bannon

August 31 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

It's easy to think of Indiana as a state surrounded by the rest of the USA- Midwestern and homogeneous. But when we take a closer look at the men, women and children whose lives intertwine across these 92 counties, we discover we're all a part of a very diverse community. This is nothing new: since its beginning more than 200 years ago, people have been drawn here- to put down new roots in Indiana- from all four corners of the world. In this new documentary from Judy O'Bannon, we get to know some of these people who have come to Indiana from distant, often very different places. We join them in their homes, at their work and at their places of worship. We see how their presence has caused life to change- for them, the newer arrivals, and for those of us who have been here a while longer. And we come away with a deeper understanding of the ways our differences are actually helping to strengthen the ties that hold us all together.

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September 2017

Celebrating Our New Neighbors

September 1 - November 30
Eagle Branch Library, 3325 Lowry Rd
Indianapolis,IN46222United States
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"Celebrating Our New Neighbors" at Eagle Branch Library creates a common space and hosts activities to bring together long-time residents of and newcomers to the neighborhoods around the branch. During the months of September and November, the branch will host programs and standing displays that will highlight a different set of countries and culture. In September, the branch will focus on Asia, specifically Burma and Thailand. In November, the branch will focus on Africa and the Caribbean, specifically Nigeria, West Africa and Haiti. These countries were selected because a number of immigrants in the local community emigrated from them. The programs feature story times, both in the branch and outreach daycares, which focus on books related to that month's countries. They also provide opportunities for visitors to learn more about foreign language collections at the Library. The centerpiece of each month's programming is a family program that includes a musical performance, family stories and personal narratives from immigrants. Refreshments from the featured cultural regions are provided. For more information, contact the Eagle Branch Library at 317-275-4340.

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