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.

Tour the Caucasus this September


Join us for a one of a kind excursion! Georgia and Armenia represent two ancient and unique civilizations often neglected by travelers seeking new experiences. Both countries are located on the eastern edge of Europe and used to be known as the Trans-Caucasus. Now they are wide open for tourism, with good hotels and very good food and wines.

This 14-day guided International Focus tour provides a wonderful opportunity to explore the historic and scenic highlights of both countries.


Coffee With Emerging Leaders: Multinational Delegation– Transparency and Accountability in Government – August 14, 9am to 10am

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 multiregional delegation visiting for the topic “Transparency and Accountability in Government”

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 Holiday Market


Held in November, the Pop Up Global Holiday Market offers holiday gift shopping you won’t find anywhere else. Come find unique gifts and stocking stuffers and experience performances and food from around the world.

Nopression Dance Project


We are thrilled to collaborate with the African American Dance Ensemble on a production that investigates how exploited communities across cultures used dance and rhythm to convey secret messages under the radar of their oppressors.


Citizen of the World Awards


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.


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