The cultures of more than 15 different countries will be represented at the annual International Festival, hosted virtually by the Overture Center for the Arts, on Saturday, Feb. 27.
The free virtual event kicks off at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony hosted by Dr. Ed Holmes, vice president of equity and innovation, and Alanna Medearis, director of education and community engagement. Visitors can explore cultures around the world by clicking links on an interactive map.
“There are time-honored cultural traditions that are so valuable they must be kept. The International Festival is one such tradition for Madison and surrounding communities,” said Holmes in a statement. “Each year we mark the everchanging beauty, significance and value of cultural diversity by showcasing art, music, artifacts, dance and more. We celebrate by elevating individual cultural traditions while recognizing and uplifting our commonality as members of the greater human family. It is one of the reasons International Festival has become one of our largest community events.”
Enjoy pre-recorded performances, cooking demonstrations, cultural spotlights and more by artists from Bolivia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Taiwan and West Africa. In addition, the festival includes an international online market where visitors can find numerous booths full of treasures and gifts for sale.