Around the World in a Day

If you’re looking to broaden your horizons and experience a world of culture, look no further than UNC Charlotte’s International Festival. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the event, which continues the tradition of celebrating the region’s vibrant and culturally diverse landscape.

The festival is from 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM, Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Barnhardt Student Activity Center. With more than 50 nations represented, the colorful festival allows individuals to experience many activities including art, costumes, games, music, dance and, of course, food. Lots of food.

Can’t make it to campus? Then join thousands of worldwide viewers for live coverage of festival activities starting at noon ( or Coverage will feature performances, interviews and pre-produced videos highlighting the abundance of international offerings found around Charlotte.

UNC Charlotte is your passport to adventure during the 40th annual   International Festival on Oct. 17.As Charlotte continues to grow as an international city, not surprisingly, the University follows suit. The University welcomed nearly 550 new international students this fall, the largest global contingent to enroll in any semester. In total, the University hosts nearly 1,900 international students, placing it among the top 125 institutions in the United States for international enrollment.

 “Since 1975, the International Festival has played an important role in shaping the cultural landscape for the UNC Charlotte campus,” said Christina Sanchez, associate director of international programs.

In addition to the traditional festival, a celebratory fireworks presentation will close the cultural merriment at 7 p.m. at the Irwin Belk Track and Field Complex. Prior to the fireworks, there will be a procession of nations, additional cultural performances and brief remarks.