Hopkinsville International Festival Going Virtual This Week
The Hopkinsville International Festival will have a different look and feel in 2021, but the 11th
annual version of the event will have no shortage of cultural flare.
This year’s I-Fest is 100% virtual, allowing viewers to experience various aspects of the popular global showcase
from the comfort of home and by using the viewing screen of their choice. Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, March 26,
which was originally slated as the first day of an in-person International Festival, online content and programming
will be made available to the public through I-Fest’s social media channels.
All content will be staggered throughout a 24-hour period, wrapping up at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 27 with the World
Dance Party finale. The performances are free to watch and can be accessed via desktop, laptop, smart phones and
tablets by visiting www.Facebook.com/iFestHopkinsville. They will then remain accessible for the next year.
“We are so excited for our Hopkinsville and Christian County residents, as well as our regional neighbors and
beyond, to have a chance to watch the variety of cultural and informational entertainment that we have planned this
weekend,” said Hopkinsville Human Rights Commission Executive Director Idalia Luna. “While we wish we could
all be together inside the global village, we feel this approach is the most appropriate this year, and will still give
supporters an opportunity to take advantage of the international flavor our community has to offer.”
Hopkinsville International Festival remains possible as a result of grants from National Endowment for the Arts, Art
Works, South Arts, Kentucky Arts Council and Hopkinsville’s Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market. Additionally,
Nashville’s Global Educational Center is assisting with some of the performance content, which will be made
available to local schools and for consumption by area students.
The bi-lingual “reading corner” portion of the 2021 International Festival is made possible by Hopkinsville-Christian
County Public Library and Imagination Library. The Hopkinsville-Christian County YMCA is once again
sponsoring and overseeing the Kids Corner. Take-home craft kits can be picked up at the local Y, while supplies last,
and kids can follow along during the internationally-themed craft segment Saturday morning.
“Once again, our community shows the impact it can have when different entities come together to partner and work
together toward a common cause,” said Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tab Brockman. “We are
beyond thankful for our sponsors and partners for helping to make this year’s I-Fest a virtual success.”
Organizers are planning for the 12th Annual I-Fest to return as an in-person event in 2022, likely to be held at its
2019 physical location — Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex Hopkinsville. For more information on the
event, visit www.iFestHopkinsville.com or call 270-887-4290.