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13th annual International Festival brings worldwide cultures to Statesboro

Brazil, France, India, Japan, the United Kingdom and many other countries will be represented in Statesboro on October 27 at the 13th annual International Festival. International students from the Georgia Southern University Global Ambassadors Program will help local elementary, middle and high school students set up booths for the festival, which will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mill Creek Regional Park.

Angie Threatte, International Programming and Events coordinator, said the festival has not only grown over the years but also has given the University a chance to connect with local communities.

“The goal of the festival is bringing diversity, as well as an educational, cross-cultural awareness and understanding to Bulloch County and the surrounding communities,” she said. “We could not do it without the support of the various sponsors, schools who participate and the volunteers — everyone involved in the organization of the festival has contributed to its continued growth and success.”

The festival will feature live singing and dance performances throughout the day as well as a Global Village, where students from local schools will have booths set up with information on each school’s chosen country. Attendees will be able to create free international arts and crafts, including Brazilian carnival masks, English crowns, Eiffel Tower replicas, Lotus flowers, Japanese hanging fish, face painting, henna hand tattoos, calligraphy, origami and much more.

There will also be an international food court where people can sample foods from China, India, Jamaica, Japan, Latin American countries, Nigeria, the Philippines, Thailand and Mexico. A World Craft Bazaar will have items for purchase.

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Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 27,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit


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