Grab a passport from one of the Festival of Nations Information Booths and interact with our ethnic participants in our Cultural Exhibits area. Each booth is created by an ethnic group based on the year’s theme. The 2018 theme is: Now & Then: Exploring Historical and Contemporary Cultural Traditions. This is an incredible opportunity to discover more about how cultural traditions have evolved throughout the years. You can also travel the world under one roof with a “passport” in our cultural exhibit area!
2018 EXHIBITS*: Albanian, Austrian, Bangladeshi, Bulgarian, Cambodian, Carpatho-Rusyn, Chinese, Colombian, Croatian, Czech & Slovak, Dutch, Egyptian, Ethiopian, Finnish, French, Guatemalan, Hmong, Hungarian, Indian, Iraqi, Italian, Jamaican, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Moroccan, Nepalese, Palestinian, Peruvian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian, Slovenian, Sri Lankan, Sudanese, Taiwanese, Tamil, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.
*This information is subject to change, so please check back for updates.
Featured Cultural Exhibit Initiative
Each year, the Festival’s Cultural Exhibits create their area based on the year’s theme. In 2018 the theme was: Then and Now: Exploring Historical and Contemporary Cultural Traditions and the Exhibits are encouraged to submit proposals to become a Featured Cultural Exhibit for that year. Proposals are reviewed by a panel of judges based on specific criteria. After the proposal review, four Featured Exhibits are chosen and provided a stipend to aid in the development and design of their exhibits.
2018 Featured Cultural Exhibits
INDIAN CULTURAL EXHBIT
In 2018, the Indian Cultural Exhibit focused on the Ganesh Festival and how the celebration has changed since India gained independence.
BANGLADESHI CULTURAL EXHIBIT
The Bangladeshi Cultural Exhibit explored the evolution of art, music, the environment, and language and how they have changed since the country was founded in 1971.
TAIWANESE CULTURAL EXHIBIT
The Taiwanese Cultural Exhibit compared traditional general stores and modern convenience stores to examine how material culture has transitioned in everyday Taiwanese life.
COLOMBIAN CULTURAL EXHIBIT
The Colombian Cultural Exhibit presented on the importance of coffee in Colombian culture. It focused on the various cultural traditions inspired by coffee, as well as how it has become a significant source of income for Colombia today.
In addition to the Featured Cultural Exhibits chosen by the panel of judges, we also asked students and the general public to vote on their favorites.
In 2018, the Taiwanese group was chosen by both groups.
2017 Featured Cultural Exhibits
DUTCH CULTURAL EXHIBIT
KAASMARKT: Traditional Dutch Cheese Market
IRAQI CULTURAL EXHIBIT
Traditional Iraqi Wedding Ceremonies & Rituals
THAI CULTURAL EXHIBIT
Royal Ploughing Ceremony: Auspicious & Bountiful Crop Blessing
TURKISH CULTURAL EXHIBIT
Kina Gucesi (Turkish Bachelorette Party)