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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June 2017

Dance!

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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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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$95

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
FREE

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 villabocce@gmail.com

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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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FreedomFest

September 2 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monument Circle, 1 Monument Circle
Indianapolis,IN46204United States
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FreedomFest is a celebration of diversity at Monument Circle and a fundraiser for refugees in Indianapolis. It is a welcome party for immigrants getting acclimated to the city and an opportunity for citizens to express their individuality. The celebration will boast food, music, stories and games, as people share their culture, lifestyles and perspectives. It is a gathering of various organizations and communities to assemble around a unifying message of peace and collaboration. There will be a central art project that attendees may contribute a small piece to help build the whole. The art project will be a symbol of diversity and unification. We will accept donations throughout and proceeds will be directed to support Exodus Refugee Immigration, a non-profit designed to provide transitional tools and classes for refugees, as they support refugees becoming contributing members to the Indianapolis area.

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Dance Ballet by Prabhath Kalavidharu Group

September 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Noblesville High School, 18111 Cumberland Rd
Noblesville,IN46060United States
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The Kannada Association of Indianapolis, Inc. will be bringing a legacy theater group from the state of Kamataka, India -- "Prabhath Kalavidharu" to Indiana. The group, originated in the 1930's, performs several drama performances and ballet. The group features widely recognized artists and has performed their eye-catching and visually appealing productions in many countries to a wide range of audiences. The event will be held on Friday, September 8 from 7-9 p.m. at Noblesville High School Auditorium. To promote the cultural diversity and showcasing their rich heritage, the event will be free of charge to the community. Indian appetizers will be served to attendees from 6-7 p.m. For more information, visit the Kannada Association of Indianapolis.

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2017 International Citizen of the Year

September 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 W Washington St
Indianapolis,IN46204United States
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The Board of Directors of The International Center have selected Pacers Sports & Entertainment as recipient of the 2017 International Citizen of the Year Award, which honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the globalization of Indiana. Pacers Sports & Entertainment, which encompasses the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, management of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and the Pacers Foundation, will receive the award from The International Center at a special dinner and program on Sept. 13, 2017 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis. International Center Board members Julie Griffith, vice president for public affairs at Purdue University, and Brian Gildea, economic development manager for Vectren Corporation, will serve as co-chairs for the event. To learn more about this year’s honoree and the event, read the full release here. The International Citizen of the Year Award was established in 1985 to honor individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the globalization of Indiana in business, culture, education, government, medicine, research, media, sports or community service.

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