April 30th - May 3rd, 2015 RiverCentre, Saint Paul, MN
Volunteer help needed. Please sign up here.
For nearly 83 years, the Festival of Nations has inspired people throughout the region to discover more about our world and embrace the rich cultural diversity brought to us by immigrants from around the globe. In 2015, the Festival will continue its legacy as the longest running multicultural festival in the Midwest and, once again, collaborate with more than 80 ethnic groups to create a truly unique experience – one that celebrates cultural heritage and provides our community’s immigrants with a platform to express their stories through world-class performances, exhibits, ethnic cuisine, and personal connections. Held at the St. Paul RiverCentre, the Festival of Nations offers the opportunity to develop an appreciation, rather than just tolerance of other cultures as we build for the future together.
At the Festival of Nations we are able to renew a sense of pride in our respective ethnic heritages.
2015 Festival of Nations theme: International Arts. For Festival highlights and Program visit Festival of Nations
Interested to represent India at the Festival? Please sign up to volunteer
Thursday, April 30th - 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Friday, May 1st - 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
General Public Hours
Friday, May 1st - 4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 2nd - 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 3rd - 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
NOTE: STUDENT HOURS ARE NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.
Interested in Volunteering with IAM?
Help IAM to serve its mission of Culture, Charity and Connections.
Organize the major yearly events: Connect India , Connect Asia, Festival of Nations (spring); Finthills International Childrens Festival and IndiaFest (summer)
By volunteering, one can
- Have opportunities to represent the culture and heritage of India within this community
- Serve as the focal point for advancing the educational, cultural and charitable interests of the community
- Build Indian community as a whole, unite Indian communities in Minnesota
- Link and support various Indian ethnic groups
- Establish strong relationships with other Asia-Pacific organizations
- Maintain relationships with organizations of similar interests in other parts of USA
- Sponsor and conduct community service activities in Minnesota
- Work towards establishing an Indian Center in Minnesota
- Encourage and support the activities of sister organizations promoting youth education, women issues, and the interests of the elderly (such as SILC, AIWA)
- IAM Student Fellowship Progarm
- Build a sense of identity and community among people who are of Indian origin or who have interests in India
- Promote Indian businesses in Minnesota and help American Companies to set up business in India
- Build partnership with non-profit organizations such as TIE and charitable organizations like VIBHA.
Put a Little Spice in Your life!
Highlights of the festival
- Food: Enjoy delicious cuisines from six Twin Cities Indian restaurants
- Cultural: Two of the biggest Indian Classical dance groups based in Minnesota perform at IndiaFest for the first time at this year’s event. Immerse yourself in colorful Classical, Semi-Classical, Bollywood and regional solo and group performances
- Exhibits: Visit booths with decoration, traditions, and culture from various regions of India, showcasing the diversity of India
- Activities: Fun activities for adults and kids. Enjoy henna or face painting, kite flying, chess, cricket, or learn some skills in yoga and meditation
- Bazaar: Shop for traditional Indian clothing and accessories
- Raffle Drawing: Giveaways from Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings and many others
- Student Scholarships: Five student scholarships to be given at the event
India Association of Minnesota (IAM), established in 1973, is a non-profit organization, chartered to build strong and cohesive community of Asian Indians.
IAM Achievement Award
India Association of Minnesota (IAM) is currently seeking nominations for its 2015 Annual Achievement Awards.
The winner will be adjudged for following 3 categories:
- Dedicated service to the community
- Excellence or innovation in the arts
- Special contribution in leadership and mentoring
The Achievement Award is intended to recognize individuals and organizations for achieving excellence in their fields, promoting the interests of the Asian-Indian community in Minnesota, and advancing understanding between the Indian community and the community at large.
We are commited to the principles of the pluralistic society and seek to contribute to a broader understanding and appreciation of multiculturism and diversity in the State of Minnesota.
At the core of our values, we seek to enhance community Connections, provide Charity, and promote Cultures.