Grab a passport from one of the Festival of Nations Information Booths and interact with our ethnic participants in our Cultural Exhibits area. Each booth is created by an ethnic group based on the year’s theme. The 2020 theme is: Real People. Real Stories. Our Minnesota Communities. This is an incredible opportunity to discover more about the people who immigrated to Minnesota and the legacy they left on our state and our communities.
You can also travel the world under one roof with a “passport” in our cultural exhibit area!
2019 EXHIBITS*: Afghani, Albanian, Bangladesh, Bulgarian, Cambodian, Carpatho-Rusyn, Chinese, Colombian, Croatian, Czech & Slovak, Dutch, Egyptian, Finnish, French, Greek, Guatemalan, Hmong, Hungarian, Indian, Italian, Jamaican, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Nepalese, Pakistani , Palestinian , Peruvian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Sri Lankan, Sudanese, Taiwanese, Tamil, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Ugandan, Vietnamese.
*This information is subject to change, so please check back for updates.
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Featured Cultural Exhibit Initiative
Each year, the Festival’s Cultural Exhibits create their area based on the year’s theme. In 2019 the theme is: World Festivals and Celebrations and the Exhibits are encouraged to submit proposals to become a Featured Cultural Exhibit for that year. Proposals are reviewed by a panel of judges based on specific criteria. After the proposal review, four Featured Exhibits are chosen and provided a stipend to aid in the development and design of their exhibits.
2019 Featured Cultural Exhibits
FRENCH CULTURAL EXHIBIT
In 2019, the French Cultural Exhibit focuses on a celebration of Chandeleur (festival of lights.) Visitors will learn how the French celebrate this holiday.
THAI CULTURAL EXHIBIT
Thai Cultural Exhibit is highlighting ‘Phi Ta Khon’, Thai ghost festival. During 2019 Festival of Nations, visitors will be able to experience a Thai ghost festival and its cultural significance.
COLOMBIAN CULTURAL EXHIBIT
The Colombian Cultural Exhibit is presenting Feria de las Flores (fair of the flowers) at the 2019 Festival of Nations. This celebration is a local tradition which reflects Colombian culture.
CARPATHO- RUSYN CULTURAL EXHIBIT
Lemko Vatra (Bonfire festival) is a celebration of Carpatho-Rusyn Lemko cultural traditions with musical and theatrical performances, as well as exhibitions, contests and traditional crafts.
2017 Featured Cultural Exhibits
DUTCH CULTURAL EXHIBIT
KAASMARKT: Traditional Dutch Cheese Market
IRAQI CULTURAL EXHIBIT
Traditional Iraqi Wedding Ceremonies & Rituals
THAI CULTURAL EXHIBIT
Royal Ploughing Ceremony: Auspicious & Bountiful Crop Blessing
TURKISH CULTURAL EXHIBIT
Kina Gucesi (Turkish Bachelorette Party)