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9th Annual Hopkinsville I-Fest is This Weekend at Bruce Convention Center

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The 9th Annual Hopkinsville International Festival (I-Fest) spotlights culture from around the globe this weekend with over 20 countries represented at the free Friday-Saturday affair (March 23-24, 2018) at the James E. Bruce Convention Center.  I-Fest hours are 4-8 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 on the main stage, thanks to a grant once again from South Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council.  The stage will feature a variety of international performances from the Global Education Center in Nashville. 

I-Fest performers include the South Indian Dance Group, the Nashville Chinese Culture Club and Middle Eastern Dance on Friday night.  On Saturday, Ballet Folklorico Viva Panama, Arya Academy Bollywood, the Afro Latin World Dance Ensemble, The Art of Hula and the Tula Tribe Belly Dance will take the performance stage with Nyama Drum and Dance Ensemble, in addition to a host of other local groups. 

Additionally, select performers will give local school children a taste of what the I-Fest has to offer when they share their talents through two in-school performances on Friday.

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.  YMCA of Hopkinsville’s popular Kids Zone returns, along with the Multilingual Story Time Tent sponsored by the Hopkinsville-Christian County Library, 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 Planters Bank, the Hopkinsville Rotary Club, the City of Hopkinsville, Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation, and media sponsors WHOP/Lite 98.7, WKDZ/WHVO and WKMS 91.3 FM.

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.