Projects and Events

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 our 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 & Conversation and Citizen Diplomacy


We are continuing our monthly opportunities to connect with visiting delegations and talk about global issues. Coffee and Conversation provides a great international start to the day over coffee and Citizen Diplomacy events meet after hours in local area establishments that highlight our international area.

Citizen Diplomacy with Edward R. Murrow Journalists: April 18, 2019 ~ 6-8PM ~ Mama Dip’s Kitchen, Chapel Hill

Join us for international friendship, drinks, and appetizers. Network with other citizen diplomats and our esteemed visiting delegation of Edward R. Murrow research and investigative journalists from the Czech Republic, Mexico, Malawi, Nigeria, Latvia, and Pakistan.


Speaker Series

International Focus will be presenting a series of talks by international experts. Come hear their thoughts on global topics, ask questions, and share your experiences with like-minded “globies”.

September 2019: Brexit and Diplomacy in the EU

In partnership with the Center for European Studies, UNC


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.


Film Series: Home is Distant Shores 

Centered on local filmmaker, Aby Rao’s, production Parallel Parking, this series will look at local and national immigrant experiences on film and combine the pieces with discussions and artist Q&A. We are glad to be partnering with the NC US Committee for Immigrants and Refugees on this project!

October 2, 9, and 16, 2019


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.


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.


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