Events

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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April 2017

Know Your Rights: Information for Immigrant Families

April 23 @ 1:00 pm - May 3 @ 4:00 pm
Various, Indianapolis,INUnited States + Google Map

Immigration attorney and Immigrant Welcome Center Board member Angela Adams will present information for immigrants to understand their rights in the U.S. and protecting their families. Recent executive orders on immigration will also be explained. Sunday, April 23, 1 to 3 pm,  Hindu Temple of Central Indiana Sunday, April 30, 2:45 to 3:45 pm at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (eastside) With our partners through the Coalition for our Immigrant Neighbors (COIN), citywide Family Safety Plan events are being planned in May 2017.

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May 2017
Free

Taiwan’s Seasonal Wonders

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Marian University, 3200 Cold Spring Road
Indianapolis,IN46222United States
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This event is held to celebrate the 39th anniversary of Indianapolis-Taipei sister city partnership and the 2017 Taiwanese Heritage Week and is co-sponsored by Marian University Theatre, Telamon Corp, Mayor's Office of International and Latino Affairs, and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago. The performance represents the perfect harmony of “East meets West” and shatters all cultural barriers. The dance troupe with its elegantly choreographed traditional dances combining with various creative art forms inspired by the West represents Taiwan unrivaled in her beauty. The performance will leave you an unforgettable experience.

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$20

Doing Business in & with Sub‐Saharan Africa

May 12 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
IUPUI Campus Center, 450 University Blvd.
Indianapolis,IN46202United States
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The Doing Business in and with Sub‐Saharan Africa conference will bring government and business leaders in trade and investment together to share experience and understanding of doing business in and with Africa. It will provide practical knowledge to businesses in Indiana that aspire to do business in and with emerging markets in Africa. Keynote Presentation: Power Africa Initiative Lida Fitts, Regional Director, Sub‐Saharan Africa, U.S. Trade and Development Agency Additional speakers will discuss opportunities and challenges faced in the business environments of Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa. Banking and U.S. government officials will also present marketing and financial strategies for working in the various regions. Experienced business representatives will discuss best practices and lessons learned from doing business in the region.

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$10

Haitian Flag Day Celebration

May 21 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
St. Michael the Archangel, 3354 W 30th St
Indianapolis,46222United States
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The Haitian Flag Day is the biggest event of the year!  It showcases over 200 years of Haitian history, culture, food, culinary traditions, arts, and performances that are unique to the ethnic traditions and cultural of Haitians and other Caribbean and African countries. Our goal is to attract the entire Indianapolis community not just the Haitian population. The event will showcase Haitian Music, dances performances, arts display to show Haiti's culture to the community. Haitian food will also be served at the event.

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June 2017
$95

The World in Transition: China

June 2 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
The International Center, One Indiana Square
Indianapolis,IN46204United States
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Once a quarter, The International Center offers a half-day cross-cultural communication workshop. These workshops provide an overview of a featured country’s culture as well as business etiquette and protocol specific to the country’s customs. The curriculum is designed to help participants gain insight into how culture influences perceptions, values and beliefs. Each workshop also features a subject matter expert whose experience and background help bring the culture of the featured country to life. The World in Transition: China Workshop Participants Will Be Provided With: An overview of Chinese culture Instructions on business etiquette and protocol in China An understanding and appreciation of intercultural differences Intercultural communication tools Information about how culture influences perceptions, values and beliefs Networking Breakfast: 8:30-9:00 a.m. Workshop and Expert Panel Discussion: 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Workshop attendance is limited to 15 attendees in order to maximize the learning experience.

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Interfaith Iftar

June 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St. Luke’s Great Hall, 100 W 86th St
Indianapolis,IN46260United States
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Learn about how Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset during the holy month of Ramadan and the fascinating traditions and rituals that accompany this special month. Break the fast with OBAT Helpers at sunset by sharing a delicious meal, made with love and warmth, just for you. Find out what OBAT Helpers, a nonprofit that calls Indianapolis home, is doing to make the world a better place, seven thousand miles away, in Bangladesh.

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Indy Midsommer Festival

June 10 @ 3:00 pm
Latvian Community Center, 1008 W 64th St
Indianapolis,IN46260United States
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The Indy Midsommer Festival is a multicultural celebration of Summer Solstice. Celebrated around the world as St John's Day by countries in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, the celebration is rarely celebrated in the United States. The goal of the event is to introduce non-European communities to the celebration of St Johns day. European midsummer-related holidays, traditions, and celebrations are per-Christian in origin. They are particularly important in geographic Northern Europe - Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – but is also very strongly observed in Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland, parts of the United Kingdom (Cornwall especially), France, Italy. Each country has it's own elements to this celebration but all have the building of a large bonfire in common. The event will be comprised of at least 5 countries, with the goal of 10 participating in 2017. Each country will make and sell their own ethnic foods and market ethnic items. Countries will celebrate with their own cultural dress, dance and music throughout the event. The event begins at 3pm with the opening of the outdoor activities of the markets, outdoor performance stage and children activities. Traveling musicians, will be wandering the grounds playing ethnic music. Performances will be taking place on the outdoor stage every hour from 4 PM til 9PM. At 9 PM a multicultural song and dance performance will take place in ethnic costumes to light the Midsommer Bonfire. At 10 PM the event moves to the indoor auditorium of the Latvian Community Center where the main band will perform until 1AM. Specialty beers brewed for this event will be a centerpiece of the Festival. Attendees will have the ability to spend time outside in our outdoor pavilion and Beer Garden or around the bonfire or inside with music and dancing. For more information, visit: http://www.indianapolislatviancenter.org/

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FREE

Asian Fest

June 11 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Indiana State Museum, 650 W Washington St
Indianapolis,IN46204United States
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Asian American Alliance, Inc. is proud to present the 10th Annual Asian Fest to highlight the rich cultural heritage of Asia that can be found in Central Indiana.  The theme country this year is Japan.

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$25

World Refugee Day Dinner 2017

June 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Catholic Center, 1400 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis,IN46202United States
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Catholic Charities Indianapolis Refugee and Immigrant Services has been resettling refugees in the Indianapolis area since 1975 and since then has resettled over 19,000 refugees. World Refugee Day Dinner 2017 will highlight experiences of refugees and commemorate their contribution to the global community of Indianapolis. The dinner event will honor staff, volunteers, community members and organizations who welcome refugees to the city of Indianapolis and contribute to the success of refugees. Guests will be invited to taste ethnic cuisine from the home countries of clients, listen to ethnic music, see client’s artwork through their art therapy sessions, and enjoy a presentation from a guest speaker. Guests will also have an opportunity to network with community members, CCI-Refugee and Immigrant Services staff and refugees.

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August 2017
$95

The World in Transition: Russia

August 11 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
The International Center, One Indiana Square
Indianapolis,IN46204United States
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Once a quarter, The International Center offers a half-day cross-cultural communication workshop. These workshops provide an overview of a featured country’s culture as well as business etiquette and protocol specific to the country’s customs. The curriculum is designed to help participants gain insight into how culture influences perceptions, values and beliefs. Each workshop also features a subject matter expert whose experience and background help bring the culture of the featured country to life. The World in Transition: Russia Workshop Participants Will Be Provided With: An overview of Russian culture Instructions on business etiquette and protocol in Russia An understanding and appreciation of intercultural differences Intercultural communication tools Information about how culture influences perceptions, values and beliefs Networking Breakfast: 8:30-9:00 a.m. Workshop and Expert Panel Discussion: 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Workshop attendance is limited to 15 attendees in order to maximize the learning experience.

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