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The Nation's Official Celebration Of Multiculturalism And Diversity


The International Festival USA Celebration of the United Nations World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

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Watch Live: The International Festival USA United Nations World Diversity Day Celebration
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The International Festival of the United States of America, widely regarded as ‘The Nation’s Official Celebration of Multiculturalism and Diversity”  officially celebrates that special day: back in 2002, when the United Nations General Assembly chose May 21 as the “World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development” in its Resolution 57/249, This celebration was held in tandem with The Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Houston’s City Hall; joined by:The Honorable Mayor Sylvester Turner, Gina Belafonte, daughter of the iconic Harry Belafonte and Executive Director of, Dr. Judy Cheng-Hopkins, United Nations Assistant Secretary General for Peacebuilding Support, The Honorable Paula Boland, Chair of the United Nations USA National Council, Dan Stoecker, President of UNA-USA Houston, Antonio Arellano, Human Rights Advocate, Hideo Fukushima (Consul General of Japan), T.H. Gabriel Volpi (Consul General of Argentina and Dean Consular Corps), Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher, The Honorable Dr.Teta Banks, Executive Board Member of the World Federation of the United Nations Associations, Ellen Goldberg, former President of Sister Cities of Houston, Martin Cominsky, President and CEO of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, Darla Smith, Chair of The International Festival USA, and LJ Woodard, President and Director of The International Festival USA.


Mistress of Ceremony:

Lisa Trapani Shumate

Associate VP and General Manager of Houston Public Media (PBS)



The International Festival of the United States of America also known as THE iFEST USA, is widely regarded as The Official Celebration Of Multiculturalism And Diversity, home of the famous Joe Sample Soundstage, and Leader of the National Celebration of The United Nations World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. The festival promotes learning and information exchanges in support of peace, love, and friendship. The International Festival USA is the largest and most prominent global project for promoting world geography, traditions and cultures. This globally acclaimed festival of Tradition and Culture is dedicated to cultivating and educating the world, creating a platform to share cultural heritage with individuals from around the world. The International Festival USA is a leading tradition in Houston Texas, the single most ethnically diverse region in the country, bringing together thousands of local, national, and international supporters who return year after year. The Festival showcases exceptional exhibits and performances from representatives of diverse nationalities.


The International Festival USA is hosted in Houston, reflecting more than 170 unique nationalities and ethnic groups that comprise its population. Houston is the single most diverse city in the United States with over 195 different languages and dialects spoken.