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KNOXVILLE — This year’s International Festival at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will feature booths selling tantalizing food and entertainment ranging from juggling to Chinese acrobatics to Egyptian belly dancing. And, this year, the International Festival also will include a Celebration of Civility and Community, hosted by Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek.

The twenty-sixth annual International Festival, hosted by the International House, will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 15, on the University Center Plaza. It is free and open to the public.

The civility initiative was launched last semester by the chancellor after several incidents of disrespect and discrimination occurred on campus. Cheek appointed a task force that recommended ways to promote civility on campus.

During the Celebration of Civility and Community, Student Success Center Director Anton Reece will introduce Cheek, who will talk about civility efforts on campus. Jessica Session, who performed a moving poem during the kickoff to the fiftieth anniversary of African American Achievement, will perform another original work.

The schedule for International Festival entertainment is:

  • 10:55 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. — Juggling by Doug McCaughan
  • 11:10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Chinese Acrobatics
  • 11:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. — Celebration of Civility and Community
  • Noon to 12:15 p.m. — Juggling by Doug McCaughan
  • 12:15p.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Mariachi Band
  • 12:30 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. — Chinese Acrobatics
  • 1:00 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. — Egyptian Belly Dance
  • 1:20 p.m. to 1:35 p.m. –Mariachi Band
  • 1:35 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. — Indian Classical Dance
  • 1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. — Caribbean Salsa Dance


Amy Blakely, (865-974-5034,