International Festival

Chinese international student smiling in traditional fashion.

International Festival is a showcase of the diversity of the student body at WMU. Students from around the world share their cultures, fashions and food with the Kalamazoo community. 

Join us at International Festival 2022 on Sunday, March 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Western Michigan University Bernhard Center (East Ballroom). 

A popular event since 1989, the International Festival has taken attendees on a trip around the world—without leaving Michigan—to enjoy some of the music, foods, fashions and traditional dances of many cultures. The annual event has provided thousands of students and community members the chance to experience food, culture and fashion from around the world through booth displays and performances brought to life by WMU international and cultural RSO’s.

The International Festival is organized by the Haenicke Institute for Global Education and often involves partnership with other organizations on campus. 

Do you live outside the state of Michigan and won't be able attend? Watch the Fashion Show and Performances via a live stream from WMU International YouTube

HOW DOES MY RSO Sign up? 

To register, a designated member of your RSO should complete the following registration form. Note that participations requires weekly meetings.

This year's International Festival invites participation in at least one of the following categories: 

  1. Booth Display: showcase of home-country spaces, traditions or customs. 
    Funding Available: $300 maximum*
  2. Fashion Show: showcase of traditional outfit, dressing ritual or other clothing component.
    Funding Available: $150 maximum*
  3. Performance: showcase a traditional song, dance or other performance-based component.
    Funding Available: $150 maximum*

*Funding is limited and will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.

REGISTER TODAY   

CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL THIS YEAR? 

We are currently developing volunteer opportunities for International Festival 2022. Let us know you are interested by completing the form below!

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER   

For more information, contact the Global Engagement Activities office at intl-activities@wmich.edu (269) 387-3966.

CAN I HELP PROMOTE THE FESTIVAL? 

Yes! Please help us in promoting the festival by sharing on social media, talking to your friends and marking your calendars. We will provide a folder of promotional materials soon! 

Make sure to follow us on social media to help in sharing our content: InstagramFacebookTwitterYouTube

International Festival 2021: Keeping Us Connected! (VIRTUAL)

The long-standing tradition of International Festival continued in 2021 in a virtual format. Check out student video submissions!

Night 1: April 7, 2021 | Food

Watch video submissions from our YouTube playlist, then rank the submissions to cast votes for your favorite videos at pollev.com/wmuglobaledu675. Voting is open until 6 p.m. EST, Thursday, April 8.

View Videos: Night 1 | Food 

Night 2: April 8, 2021 | Fashion

Join us live at 6 p.m. EST for short, live introduction and an announcement of the Night 1 winners. Video submissions in the form of a YouTube playlist will be released at 6:30 p.m. Rank the submissions to cast votes for your favorite videos at pollev.com/wmuglobaledu675. Voting is open until 6 p.m. EST, Friday, April 9.

view videos: night 2 | fashion  

Night 3: April 9 | Fun

Join us live at 6 p.m. EST for short, live introduction and an announcement of the Night 2 winners. Video submissions in the form of a YouTube playlist will be released at 6:30 p.m. Rank the submissions to cast votes for your favorite videos at pollev.com/wmuglobaledu675. Voting is open until 6 p.m. EST, Saturday, April 10.

View Videos: Night 3 | Fun