I Fest

I-Fest Mixes Local Flair with Global Diversity | Webster University

Check out a short documentary film about this year’s International Festival!

I-Fest Bridges Local Flare with Global Diversity

This year’s festival theme was “Together in Community.”

Webster University International Festival (I-Fest) was a resounding success with a record turnout of over 375 people in attendance. The theme of this year’s festival was “Together in Community.” The event occurred on Friday, April 21, in Grant Gymnasium and highlighted local businesses and vendors as well as international performers from the St. Louis area.

I-Fest featured a wide variety of food, over 30 international foods to taste and enjoy as well as performances and cultural activities.

A lineup of six performances, including Kenya Ajanaku with African storytelling and drumming, South Indian folk dance, Grupo Atlantico with dances of Latin America, and the St. Louis Caledonian Pipe Band with Scottish piping. Cultural activities ranged from chess, with the five-time national award winning SPICE team, checkers, origami, henna and face-painting.

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I-Fest featured various cultural activities, food, and dance

Webster Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Student Involvement

Webster alumni participated in the event by providing a photo booth and assisted with its production. Linda Williams, advisor and adjunct faculty member in the School of Communications, was a drummer in the St. Louis Caledonian Pipe Band, and all of the planning and execution of the festival were organized by the MCISA professional and student staff together with a dedicated team of student, staff, faculty, and alumni volunteers. Over 90 volunteers helped pick up foods at local restaurants, decorated the gym, served cultural foods, lead activities, and welcomed guests. The International Student Association sponsored a fashion show by students dressed in international clothing.

About International Festival

The goals of the program include raising global consciousness and understanding of those different from ourselves by celebrating and showcasing performances from four cultural perspectives. The event provides students with an opportunity to interact with people of different ideas, beliefs, attitudes and backgrounds.

Key partners for the event included International Student Association, Define American and Japanese Student Association. Staff in enrollment management, student affairs, international languages and cultures department, the SPICE team and Centre Francophone also aided with the event. 

Look back at last year’s festival below!

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I-Fest 2016– One World, Many Stories– highlighted the importance of storytelling and self-expression in the formation of culture and identity. I-Fest featured performances from renowned storyteller Oba William King, Spoken Word poet Kealoha, filmmaker Eliaichi Kimaro, and headline artist Kane Smego, an international SLAM Poet.

Both Kane and Kealoha led workshops at 2 pm for students prior to the event; those students performed on stage with Kane and Kealoha during the I-Festivities.

This event is brought to you by the Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs and the Student Activity Fee.

Free and open to the public.

The annual Webster University International Festival, or I Fest, is held each year in April. The annual exposition features food, music, dance, and displays, representing many different countries and cultures. The Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs presents I Fest each year to celebrate and showcase the international diversity of Webster University.

I Fest features professional performances, student performances, arts and crafts, cultural booths with international games, cultural activities, a variety of ethnic foods and sweets. I Fest provides Webster University international students an opportunity to be ambassadors for cross-cultural sharing.

To view photos from past I Festivities view our Flickr account !!

2017 International Festival – Together in Community

2016 I Fest One World: Many Stories

2015 I Fest Rhythms of the World

2014 I Fest Colors of the World: Celebrating Holidays through Color, view our Flickr account.

2013 I Fest Caravan of Cultures

Check out our videos from I Fest 2012 Bridging Cultures

St. Louis Cultural Flamenco Society

Bollywood Dance by Webster University students

Chinese Guzheng Performance by Webster University student

Music of Mexico performed by Webster University students and Sr. Pedro Castillo