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Gary Broome
Director of Communications & Marketing
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For Immediate Release
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You Are Invited to Cover Festival of Nations This Weekend in Tower Grove Park

ST. LOUIS (August 23, 2018)- The International Institute of St. Louis, the bi-state region's Welcoming Center for New Americans, will once again present its signature cultural celebration, the Festival of Nations, this coming Saturday and Sunday, August 25 and 26, in Tower Grove Park. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday.

Festival of Nations, the region's largest multicultural celebration, will feature:
  • Three stages of non-stop music and entertainment - everything from African drumming and Native American storytelling to Spanish flamenco and Scottish bagpipes.
  • 47 food booths - we'll have some favorites returning and added new this year are Georgian, Hawaiian, Lebanese and Syrian.
  • 38 gift booths - added new this year are German, Iraqi, Laotian and Nigerian.
  • Children's activities, World Sports & Games Meadow, crafts demonstrations and dance lessons.
International Institute President & CEO Anna E. Crosslin, said, "The Festival of Nations has inspired people throughout our bi-state region to discover more about our world and embrace the rich cultural diversity brought to us by immigrants from around the globe. This colorful and lively weekend Festival will showcase the food, music, dance, crafts and cultures of people representing more than 60 nations."

Festival entrance is free. Food, beverages, and authentic handmade ethnic gift items will be available for purchase.

"We thank our Presenting Sponsor, Wells Fargo Advisors, for their wonderful support, as well as our Arts & Music Sponsors, the Centene Charitable Foundation, Enterprise Holdings and Monsanto. We also thank our Area Sponsors, U.S. Bank, Webster University, the Missouri Arts Council and the Regional Arts Commission," Crosslin said.

More information is posted on the Festival of Nations website at  www.festivalofnationsstl.org

A shuttle service will provide complimentary rides on designated routes during operating hours.

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About International Institute of St. Louis
The International Institute is the St. Louis Region's Welcoming Center for New Americans. For nearly 100 years, the International Institute has provided essential community integration services to each new wave of immigrants to St. Louis. Annually, more than 7,000 immigrants and refugees learn English, find jobs, become resettled and start businesses with our help. We build a strong, more global St. Louis by promoting the value of immigrants and multicultural inclusion. Our annual Festival of Nations attracts more than 100,000 visitors. Learn more about us at  www.iistl.org.
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