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International Festival

The annual Webster University International Festival, or I Fest, is held each year in April. The annual exposition features food, music, dance, and displays, representing many different countries and cultures. The Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs presents I Fest each year to celebrate and showcase the international diversity of Webster University.

I Fest features professional performances, student performances, arts and crafts, cultural booths with international games, cultural activities, a variety of ethnic foods and sweets. I Fest provides Webster University international students an opportunity to be ambassadors for cross-cultural sharing.

I Fest is sponsored by the Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs and the Student Activity Fee with thanks for the additional support from campus departments and student organizations.

Call For Volunteers!

The 2020 International Festival will be held April 2020. Date and time will be announced soon! Volunteers are always needed to help with set up, activities, food and more!

 

Webster Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Student Involvement

Webster alumni participated in the event by providing a photo booth and assisted with its production. Linda Williams, advisor and adjunct faculty member in the School of Communications, was a drummer in the St. Louis Caledonian Pipe Band, and all of the planning and execution of the festival were organized by the MCISA professional and student staff together with a dedicated team of student, staff, faculty, and alumni volunteers. Over 90 volunteers helped pick up foods at local restaurants, decorated the gym, served cultural foods, lead activities, and welcomed guests. The International Student Association sponsored a fashion show by students dressed in international clothing.

About International Festival

The goals of the program include raising global consciousness and understanding of those different from ourselves by celebrating and showcasing performances from four cultural perspectives. The event provides students with an opportunity to interact with people of different ideas, beliefs, attitudes and backgrounds.

Key partners for the event included International Student Association, Define American and Japanese Student Association. Staff in enrollment management, student affairs, international languages and cultures department, the SPICE team and Centre Francophone also aided with the event