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8th Annual Hopkinsville I-Fest is This Weekend at Bruce Convention Center

The 8th Annual Hopkinsville International Festival (I-Fest) spotlights culture from around the globe this weekend with 24 countries represented at the free Friday-Saturday affair (March 17-18) at the James E. Bruce Convention Center.  I-Fest hours are 4-9 pm on Friday and 10 am - 6 pm on Saturday with music, dancing, language, culture, food, crafts and a world full of activities on display for the entire family.

This year’s I-Fest offers a strong lineup of performers, thanks to a grant from South Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council.  The financial boost made it possible to secure Friday night’s headline act, Appalatin (www.appalatin.com), an acoustic group offering a fusion of high energy Latin and Appalachian folk music.  Both days also feature international music from Rhythms of Life.

All of the exhibit spaces are sold out, along with all of the food vendor offerings.  I-Fest will take over the entire Bruce Convention Center and will spill into the outdoor area with food vendors.

The indoor Global Village will host displays from many countries and will offer hands-on activities.  Visitors can check in at the I-Fest Customs Station to receive a photo world passport ID (while supplies last) for stamps at each of the nations in the Global Village.  

The International Stage entertains the ballroom while the Demonstration Stage will keep music and culture moving in the Bruce Center lobby.  The demo stage will serve as an interactive opportunity for I-Fest guests.

The 2017 I-Fest also welcomes Dr. Erika Brady, a musicologist from Western Kentucky University, as a new addition.  Dr. Brady will give cultural insights about the performances of Rhythms of Life throughout the weekend.  And, Rhythms of Life and Dr. Brady will be hosting inschool workshops at two local schools on Thursday.

YMCA of Hopkinsville’s popular Kids Zone returns, along with the Multilingual Story Time Tent, the Language Lab, and the World Peace Wall. All are indoor events.

Hopkinsville is one of Kentucky’s most diverse communities and is home to 14 international industrial facilities, making the International Fest a natural reflection of the city’s culture and fabric.  

In addition to the South Arts/National Endowment for the Arts Grant, I-Fest is also made possible by community sponsors and collaboration from a host of local partners, including the City of Hopkinsville, Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation, Walmart Neighborhood Market, Indian Physicians Alliance for Community Service, WHOP/Lite 98.7, WKDZ/WHVO, and WKMS.  

For more information about the I-Fest, please visit www.ifesthopkinsville.com, call the Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Division at (270) 887-4290, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.