Every year in early April, downtown Athens traditionally comes alive with a kaleidoscope of colors, sounds and smells thanks to the International Street Fair.
A community-loved Athens staple, the street fair has been canceled in recent years due to the limit on in-person events. However, the gathering returns on Saturday, April 9, with renewed enthusiasm and even greater gratitude for what it means to come together to share meaningful food, perspectives, and connections across geography and differences.
“We are thrilled that this family-friendly community event is back this year to celebrate in our usual way, but also to thank the values and human kindness that unites us in today’s current world,” Ji-Yeung Jang, acting executive director for global affairs, said. “This event brings our international community together in a beautiful way, allowing our students, faculty, staff and community partners to share the best of themselves and their respective cultural treasures.”
The event relies on the support of vendors and community volunteers, and this year’s call for volunteers is particularly vital. The organizers have created an easy to use tool supplier form and volunteer form that people can fill out to express interest and learn more about volunteering or hosting a retail space.
The street fair is part of the international week (iWeek) which is organized every year by the International Union of Students. The week revolves around a global theme, with this year’s theme being “Fostering Connections: Together We Can, Together We Will”.
“This year’s theme holds great significance for us because of how our global community has come together to address challenges over the past few years,” said second-year PhD student Keamogetse Khudu. student from Botswana and vice-president of the International Union of OHIO Students, said. “Ohio University has a strong and thriving international community that spans the globe and we are proud and excited to share this with the Athens community once again. There will be great food, music, dancing, art and everyone is invited to celebrate.
To learn more about iWeek 2022 and the international lineup, visit https://www.ohio.edu/global.