Mobile International Festival
Mobile, Alabama, USA
The Mobile International Festival takes thousands of visitors around the world. The festival of over 70 countries began in 1983 with the purpose of educating citizens about other cultures. Executive Director Estela Dorn said, “The International Festival offers everyone, from school children to adults, the opportunity to know the world. When people understand each other and realize our differences, these barriers can diminish and even be removed.”
Each year, festival activities are given a theme which becomes the focus of the cultural booths. Over 1,000 volunteers make the festival a feast for the senses by creating these festive cultural booths displaying posters, dolls, stamps, and handmade goods from their native countries. Other festival members manage the tantalizing food booths, selling authentic dishes and beverages from more than twenty countries. Visitors can sample German pastries, Mexican quesadillas, Philippine adobo, Japanese sushi, Vietnamese spring rolls, Brazilian coffee and chocolates, Puerto Rican empanadas and many more treats.
In addition to eye-catching displays and tasty treats, the festival boasts lively performances by dancers, clowns, singers, musicians, storytellers, and martial artists. Japanese drummers thrill audiences with their precision and rhythm listen to the didgeridoo sound be in awe of the Kenyan acrobats and belly dancers delight visitors are just a few of what is in store.
Festival’s honors include a Tribute in the US Congressional Record, rated in the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” twice, nominated “Event of the Year” for five years and selected as one of top 10 November events by Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel.Venue
Mobile Civic Center and Expo HallDirections
401 Civic Center DriveWebsitehttp://www.mobileinternationalfestival.orgInfophone