The Mobile International Festival is a three-day festival of over sixty countries with the purpose of educating citizens about other cultures. The International Festival offers everyone, from school children to adults, the opportunity to know the world. Each year, festival activities are given a theme which becomes the focus of the cultural booths. Over 1,000 volunteers make the festival a feast for the senses by creating festive cultural booths displaying posters, dolls, stamps, and handmade goods from their native countries. Other festival members manage the tantalizing food booths, selling authentic dishes and beverages from more than twenty countries. Visitors can sample German pastries, Mexican quesadillas, Philippine adobo, Polish sausage, Japanese sushi, Vietnamese spring rolls, Colombian coffee, Puerto Rican empanadas and many more treats. In addition to eye-catching displays and tasty treats, the festival boasts lively performances by dancers, clowns, singers, musicians, storytellers, and martial artists. The Mariachi serenades the crowd; Japanese drummers thrill audiences with their precision and rhythm; the Russians strum the balalaikas; and belly dancers delight visitors.
Fredy Omar Con Su Banda from New Orleans; Kenya Safari Acrobats and Dancers from North Carolina; Cavancross Celtic Band from Atlanta; Excelsior Jazz Band from Mobile; Tuna de Derecho and Dancers from Monterrey, Mexico; Alianza Flamenca from New Orleans; Mark Habib and His Guitar Ensemble from Mobile; Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko and Dancers from Pensacola; Storyteller Akbar Imhotep from Atlanta; Ohana Polynesian Revue from Florida Panhandle; Raices Panamanian from Pensacola; Pysanky Artist George Borowiec from Buffalo; Ji Kai Laido Japanese Martial Artists from Mobile; Puppeteers of the European Artistic Company from Slovakia, Europe