International Focus Projects 

We are working on a number of different projects and ways to connect across cultures in the Triangle and beyond. Please reach out if you would like to be actively involved through our volunteer network and committees or just COME ENJOY!

All event dates will be announced through the International Focus Newsletter and published on our Community Calendar.

Coffee With Emerging Leaders: Armenia Delegation– Labor Rights & Labor Inspection Issues

September 24, 9am to 10am

Maude’s Garden and Coffee, 12333 Strickland Rd, Raleigh

Coffee with Emerging Leaders is an intimate monthly event for International Focus members to meet and connect with International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) delegates. Visitors will informally introduce themselves, share professional objectives, and speak about their experience in their homeland and the US. Typically, the event draws about ten to fifteen attendees, allowing for direct exchange with diplomatic visiotors.

This month’s meeting will be with our Armenian delegation visiting for the topic “Labor Rights & Labor Inspection Issues”

Come mingle with international visitors, leverage your connections around the world and be an IF Ambassador!

 Film Festival: Home is Distant Shores

Centered on local filmmaker, Aby Rao’s, production Parallel Parking,

A fictional and documentary series that explores the immigrant and refugee experience in the US, this mini film festival features pieces from a variety of different perspectives and voices. We are glad to be partnering with the US Committee for Immigrants and Refugees – NC Field Office and the NC Museum of Art on this project!

October 2: My Story: Five short films of personal experience and a panel discussion with immigrants and refugees.

October 9: New Shores: Five short films of life in a new country and a panel discussion with organizations who serve refugees and immigrants.

October 16: Parallel Parking: Feature film by Aby Rao followed by a reception with series participants and filmmakers.



Global Talk: Diplomacy in the EU in the Age of BREXIT

Dinner, drinks, and diplomacy! Join us for an informative conversation about the European Union and Brexit.

UNC Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for European Politics, Holger Moroff, will give an overview of the EU, including its inception as a prominent trading block, Member State interactions, issues of sovereignty, and how states leverage collective action. He will examine current and future challenges to the EU, focusing on Brexit, the new leadership in Brussels, and the future of Transatlantic relations. An open Q&A and general conversation will follow the talk.

Guests will enjoy a free drink and appetizers. Dinner and additional beverages can be ordered individually.

International Focus is honored to partner with the UNC Center for European Studies’ EU2U program for this Global Talk!




Global Holiday Festival and Market

November 23, 2019 –  Moore Square, Ralsigh


The Global Holiday Festival and Market is a day of celebration honoring holidays and traditions from around the world. Join dozens of ethnic communities from across the Triangle for a day of food, shopping, entertainment, and community engagement. Come celebrate the unique diversity of the Raleigh area and enjoy the wintertime festivities!


34th International Festival of Raleigh

The annual International Festival of Raleigh presents three days of international music, dance, food, games, art, cultural exhibits, kids’ stuff, and shopping. Over 55 Triangle ethnic communities ranging from Afghan to Vietnamese participate to showcase their heritage, share traditions, and to celebrate cross-cultural friendship in the Triangle.

March 6, 7, 8, 2020 – NC State Fairgrounds

Citizen of the World Awards 2020

Date TBA


International Focus’ Citizen of the World Award honors individuals who have made a considerable contribution to international relations in the Triangle. The black tie event will showcase the area’s global cuisine and restaurants with each course prepared by a different renowned local ethnic chef.