International Festival

Explore the world virtually!

Join us for this virtual, international celebration from the comfort of your home or office.

The International Festival is an annual celebration of cultural diversity featuring a wide variety of entertainment and cuisine. For safety-sake, this year’s event will take place remotely. But, this year, instead of one evening of festivities, we’re celebrating an entire week!

  • All are welcome – students, the local community, faculty, and staff.
  • Watch pre-recorded performances and participate in live, interactive performances as well.
  • Enjoy free music, dance, and win door prizes from local international restaurants!

This event is sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad and Global Awareness (SAGA) with the purpose of raising international awareness and appreciation through music, dance, and food.

The Ryan Academy of Irish Dance (Ireland)

Through ceili (group) and solo dance instruction, the centuries-old art form that is Irish dance is preserved and this culture is passed on to a new generation of artists through music and dance.

The Ryan Academy was founded in 2014 by Olivia Ryan (TCRG) who is certified by CLRG, the Irish Dance Commission in Dublin, Ireland, and is a member of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America (IDTANA) and the Irish Dance Teachers Association of Mid-America (IDTAMA).

Ryan Academy of Irish Dance Information

Live Stream Date: April 6, 2021
Passcode: tw9IPs#Q

View the Ryan Academy recorded live stream


Flamenco Louisville (Andalusia-Spain)

First danced by the Romany people of Spain, flamenco developed organically from folk dances and music in the Andalusian region. Flamenco Louisville, Kentuckiana’s oldest flamenco organization, was co-founded by Diana Dinicola, an active educator and flamenco dance teacher. Diana holds a diploma for the advanced level training program at the Fundacion Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco in Sevilla, Spain. She has attended the National Flamenco Institute

Flamenco Information

Live Stream Date: April 7, 2021
Passcode: 7Q5aHD!3

View the Flamenco Louisville recorded live stream


Guru Vandana Arts Academy (India)

The Guru Vandana Academy opened in 2001, under the leadership of its director Akila Iyer, who began her training in Bharathanatyam under Guru Dhananjayan’s Bharathakalanjali in Chennai and later tenured with Dr. Vasundhara Doraswamy, who helped her bloom as a choreographer within the distinct Pandanallur style of Bharathanatyam.

Over the years, the Guru Vandana Arts Academy (GVAA), a non-profit organization, has expanded to include music in its curriculum. With beginner lessons under Kum. Shyama Iyer, and advanced lessons under world class artists from Bangalore, India - Smt. Pusthakam Ramaa.

Guru Vandana Information

Live Stream Date: April 8, 2021
Passcode: 5^dP4!GF

View the Guru Vandana Arts Academy recorded live stream

Ville Casineras (Cuban salsa)

Ville Casineras is an all-female dance group, created in 2015 and dances mainly to Cuban rhythms such as Casino, rueda de casino, afro Cuban, rumba, cubaton. The group members bring all types of individual dance backgrounds to create unique, fun, and high-energy choreographies. In the past few years, the Ville Casineras members have traveled to perform in several cities throughout the country.