FestivalRita Kohn

Discover Indiana's ethnic and cultural diversity Nov. 3-6 at the International Festival, held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1200 E. 38th St. Opening ceremonies begin Thursday at 10:15 a.m., in Exposition Hall. Parade of Nations is Saturday, 6 p.m. Booths with hands-on activities, demonstrations and exhibits are continuous. Traditional foods available represent Africa, Burma, China, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Mexico, Serbia, Taiwan and Turkey.

New to the festival this year are the Hungarian Cultural Association of Indiana and the Serbian Cultural Society of St. Nicholas. The Peewinkle's Puppet Studio will feature the story of puppetry across time and place.

Three dozen performing groups will showcase cultural dance and music in authentic costumes and with authentic instruments.

Bi-OKOTO Drum & Dance Theatre from Cincinnati takes the stage Friday, 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, 11:30 p.m. with their African program. From Cleveland come the Kashtan Ukrainian Dancers, Saturday at 3:30 and 7:15 p.m. and Sunday at 1:15 p.m. Students from the AYS Arts Academy present Flamenco and Middle Eastern and Egyptian folk dance this year.

Hours for the festival are Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Tickets are $9 at the door, $7 in advance at AAA Hoosier Motor Club service centers and Marsh supermarkets; $6 for children 6-12; 5 and under free. Call 317-236-6515 or log onto www.indyinternationalfestival.org for a full schedule of events.

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