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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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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Doing Business in Cuba

June 29 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Join the Indy Partnership for a business roundtable on opportunities to do business in Cuba, featuring guest speaker Rubén Ramos Arrieta, Minister Counselor of the Economic and Trade Office at the Embassy of Cuba. There are many possibilities for Indiana companies to export their products to Cuba. Please attend to learn more about trade in this market. For more information, contact Indy Chamber.

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July 2017

Indianapolis Israeli Film Festival

July 9 @ 4:00 pm - July 14 @ 10:00 pm

The Second Annual Indianapolis Israeli Film Festival explores Israeli society through fascinating, humorous, inspiring, and controversial Israeli feature films and documentaries. $10 per film, $45 for a Festival Pass good for all six films! Film schedule: Sunday, July 9, 4 p.m.: Abulele Sunday, July 9, 7 p.m.: My Hero Brother Monday, July 10, 7 p.m.: The Women's Balcony Tuesday, July 11, 7 p.m.: Hummus Wednesday, July 12, 7 p.m.: Bar Bahar (In Between) Thursday, July 13, 7 p.m.: On the Map

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“Sri Rama Charitham” Classical Dance Drama

July 16 @ 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Westfield High School, 18250 N Union St
Westfield,IN46074United States
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Nrityapriya Fine Arts Inc. is a non-profit organization promoting accomplished and upcoming Indian Classical dancers in and around Central Indiana. We are excited to invite you to "Sri Rama Charitham", a theater presentation that artfully combines multiple Indian Classical dance forms with a live orchestra on Sunday, July 16 at 3:30 p.m. at Westfield High School Auditorium. "Sri Rama Charitham" is a dance drama combining Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Yakshagana, and Kathak in an effort to present the epic of Ramayanam in a colorful and unique setting. This collaborative presentation is aimed at preserving the essence of each dance form and portraying the unique styles in their purest classical form.

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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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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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Polo at Sunset

August 11 @ 6:15 pm - 9:30 pm
Hickory Hall Polo Club, 7551 E 100 N
Whitestown,IN46075United States
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The International Center is proud to announce the revival of its popular, family-friendly fundraising event, Polo at Sunset. Yes, this is a real, live polo match and a chance to see the ponies in action up close! Adults and children of all ages are invited to join The International Center on Friday, August 11 at the Hickory Hall Polo Club for this lively polo match, as well as international games and activities, food sales and tailgating, stable tours and more. Proceeds from Polo at Sunset will benefit The Center’s INTLCXN programming designed to encourage expatriates and Hoosiers to explore our city and its blended culture together. Admission is $20 per car or $10 per individual. Dogs are welcome but must remain leashed throughout the event. To learn more about Polo at Sunset, contact Logan Charlesworth, marketing and communications manager, at 317-283-9276.

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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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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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