Monday - February 4
International Parade of Flags
The poignant International Parade of Flags kicks off the international festival celebration at 10:00 a.m. Carrying flags representing their Nation, students, faculty and staff will walk together from Woody Hall across campus to the Student Center. It’s a colorful and impressive assemblage and some participants also wear their native attire.
International Festival Proclamation & University Welcome
The official proclamation and university welcome ceremony follows the parade in the Student Center’s International Lounge at 10:30. SIU Interim Chancellor John Dunn and Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry will be in attendance to officially “open” the festival.
Wednesday - February 6
International Food Fair
One of the most popular events at the annual festival, the International Food Fair, will be held in the Student Center Ballrooms at 11 a.m. It’s a unique opportunity to sample a wide variety of cuisine from all over the world as students from nations far and wide prepare and serve popular foods from their countries. Tickets are just $1 each and items will range from 1-6 tickets. Some booths even offer full meal options.
Tickets will be on sale from January 30 - February 5 at the Business Office window on the second floor of the Student Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The International Student Council will also sell tickets at the escalators near the north entrance of the Student Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 4-5. tickets will also be available the day of the event, starting at 11 a.m.
Friday - February 8
SIU students will celebrate their diverse backgrounds with performances of music, dance, drama and more at the popular annual Cultural Show. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballrooms. The show is free and open to the public.