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International Street Festival celebrates 11th anniversary

International Street Festival celebrates 11th anniversary and brings cultural variety to downtown Athens

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia International Student Life Office will host the 11th annual International Street Festival, “Bringing the World to Athens,” on College Square in downtown Athens on Saturday, April 4 from noon to 5 p.m.

Dozens of international student organizations and local community groups will sponsor informative and interactive cultural displays as well as musical and dance performances. There is no cost to attend the International Street Festival or to participate in any of its activities and performances.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating the 11th anniversary of the International Street Festival! This event is an extraordinary opportunity to help people learn about other cultures as well as create connections between international students and the Athens community,” said Leigh Poole, international student life director. “Each year typically 5,000 people attend and we’re hoping to top that number this year.”

Visitors will have an opportunity to collect “passport” stamps from each of the countries represented; those who collect all available stamps will receive a ticket for a prize drawing. A children’s corner will allow young guests to participate in activities such as coloring international paper dolls, creating their own flags, crafting African necklaces and much more. International and multinational groups will perform and host colorful displays from around the world.Door prizes and giveaways will be available from local sponsoring businesses.

The International Student Life Office was formed in 1997 to support UGA’s goal of fostering a campus climate that appreciates the interdependent global society. The office strives to create a welcoming environment by providing opportunities for the interaction of international students with U.S. students. Some of ISL’s programs and services include international orientation, advising for international student organizations, nonresident tax-preparation assistance, off-campus housing support, cross-cultural adjustment counseling, and individual student advising.

For more information about the International Street Festival or ISL’s programs and services for international students, call 706/542-5867 or see