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Friday Family Fun Night: Friday, November 18th, Kids 12 and under get in FREE from 5pm-9pm for Friday Family Fun Night. Aside from all the features the festival already has to offer, Friday night kids can enjoy the Family Fun Zone with Ethnic Arts & Crafts tables, meet Dora the Explorer, face painting, a bounce house and more! Local band, "Because We're Gypsies", will perform ethnic music and teach folk dance on the Interactive Stage, while the Biru Bar Band and the Lithuanian Community will end the evening with music and community dance on the Main Stage.

Taiko Drummers: Icho Daiko, a Cleveland based Taiko Drummer group will perform. Icho Daiko is currently comprised of 9 members of the Cleveland, Akron, and Oberlin communities. The group builds its own drums. Their mission is to strengthen Asian American communities by instilling pride and cultural awareness, and to build bridges between Asian Americans and other groups through the dynamic cultural expression of Taiko.

Italian Street Painting: Using chalk as a medium, madonnari (street painters) will transform the concrete floors of the Indiana State Fairgrounds West Pavilion into a color-splashed gallery for the International Festival's 20,000+ visitors. Festival-goers and students will have a chance to try their hand at this ancient art-form all weekend. Our primary madonnari will be local artist and muralist Vandra Linder.

JJ Kent – Native American Flutist & Educator:
JJ Kent is a beloved NAMMY Award‐winning Native American recording artist and a gifted cultural speaker and educator in schools and at University campuses across America. JJ won "Flutist of the Year" at the 2009 NAMMY Awards in Niagara Falls, New York. He is presently in the running for a Grammy award.

Explore the Continent of Asia in a BIG way!
The Nationalities Council will partner with the Geography Educators’ Network of Indiana to present the National Geographic Society's Giant Travelling Map of Asia. Measuring 26'x33' and weighing 102 lbs., this giant map of Asia is the world's largest map of the continent. Students across the country use this map as a tool to explore the continent in a variety of unique ways! The giant map is designed as a geo‐game board to introduce students to the power of maps and the diverse geography of Asia.

Chicks on Sticks:
Chicks on Sticks explores the ancient and universal art of stilt walking, bringing color and celebration to our urban environment.

International Beer & Wine Tasting is brought to you by Kahn's Fine Wines & Spirits. Taste your way around the world as Kahn's pairs international beers and wines with the authentic cuisines from over 20 ethnic food vendors at the International Festival. Check out IndyInternationalFestival.org for a full list of beers and wines that will be served at this year's Festival.

DORA THE EXPLORER: Meet the star of the hit Nickelodeon Jr. Series, Dora The Explorer on Friday night, Saturday & Sunday! Dora the Explorer introduces kids to Spanish words, encourages movement, and gives viewers the skills and the confidence needed to overcome challenges.