The Festival features one hundred vendors from 58 countries, plus an international food court with Asian, Mediterranean, Latin American and European cuisine. Three stages and an interactive performance plaza will host 73 global performing arts groups - see the full performance schedule at dfwinternational.org.
The festival also offers a passport quest game through which children travel to China, Iraq, Turkey, Mexico and other countries, earning visas by answering related questions.
In the tortilleria booth, children can shape dough in the traditional manner using a wooden press. Families can explore indigenous American heritage in the teepee set up on the grounds of the Winspear, and learn to be a sumo wrestler or splash in the reflecting pool. In the free children’s workshop tent, boys and girls can craft origami and Mexican paper flowers, watch their names be written in foreign scripts, request lacy henna designs on arms and legs, and create African masks.
Between 1996 and 2007, DFW International Community Alliance organized the annual Dallas International Festival in a variety of Dallas venues, including the Meyerson Symphony Center, Fair Park, and the Majestic Theater. This year, the festival is being revived and it is expected to attract more than 20,000 people from across the DFW area.
DFW International Community Alliance serves as the portal for global North Texas, a network of 1,600 of the regional, ethnic and internationally-focused civic, community and educational organizations. Its mission is to build mutual understanding and respect by linking diverse international cultural communities.