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.
I Fest is sponsored by the Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs and the Student Activity Fee with thanks for the additional support from the Office of Study Abroad and the Webster Staff Alliance.
Call For Volunteers!!!
The 2020 International Festival, aka I-FEST will be held April 2020. Date and time will be announced soon!
We’re looking for volunteers to help with set up, activities, food and more!
Take a look back at previous year’s festivals below!
I-Fest Mixes Local Flair with Global Diversity | Webster University
Check out a short documentary film about the 2017 International Festival!
The 2017 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.
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.
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.
To view photos from past I Festivities view our Flickr account !!
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