FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!!!
COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2020
SEE, TASTE AND EXPERIENCE THE WORLD UNDER TWO ROOFS!
COLUMBIA, S.C.— The Columbia International Festival will host its 25th annual event at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds on April 4-5.
Throughout the festival, you can enjoy tantalizing tastes of exotic ethnic foods from 20 countries; interact with the 75+ National Exhibitors showcasing their home country’s culture; purchase authentic ethnic goods, crafts, souvenirs and packaged foods at the International Bazaar; and meet people in local Service Organizations that provide assistance and services to our international neighbors. Colorfully costumed dancers will perform their home-country's traditional dances on stage in the Cantey Building during festival hours.
At 2 pm on Saturday, April 4, the flags of nearly 100 countries will be presented in a colorful Olympic-style Parade of Nations. CIF will also feature a staged International Fashion Show of Adult national costumes at 4 pm on Saturday. Children’s Fashions will be presented at 4 pm on Sunday.
"This is a wonderful way to travel around the worth without leaving South Carolina," says Dr. Raj Aluri, festival director. With the support of the Columbia community, CIF has become the largest and long-running international celebration in the state of South Carolina — more than 22,000 visitors attended in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Nearly 400,000 foreign-born residents make up South Carolina's international community. They represent nearly every nation in the world. In the Midlands alone, 90 languages are spoken and majority-owned foreign-affiliated companies employ more than 100,000 South Carolinians.
Festival hours are Saturday, April 4th — 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. and Sunday, April 5th — 12:00 noon to 7:00 P.M. Admission is $7 per adult. Active military personnel with ID and children ages 12 and under are FREE.
Columbia International Festival
610 Pickens St. P.O. Box 12504
Columbia, SC 29201 Columbia, SC 29211
Dr. Raj Aluri: 803-318-0800