Upstate International Month

Upstate International is home to many incredible cultural events that all Greenvillians should be enthusiastic to participate in. March happens to be Upstate International month, which highlights over 100 internationally related events put on as partnerships with over 50 different businesses, organizations, and civic groups. Started 5 years ago as a way to engage more South Carolinians in the different culture that are home here, the event has bolstered serious popularity and successfully doubled UI’s programming size after the first year alone. UI Executive Director Tracie Frese describes the month for the Upstate being “all about celebrating global diversity and getting people involved.”

Upstate International Month started with the “Ringing of 100 Bells” at 12pm on March 1st throughout downtown Greenville. This kick-off corresponds to Greenville’s sister-city, Bergamo Italy’s, tradition of ringing bells 100 times at the strike of 10 pm as a warning to the city that its gates were about to close. Although Bergamo does not actually close its gates today, UI uses this event to honor the history and relationship we have with our sister city in Italy. From there on, March has been filled with events ranging from International themed opera, Spanish paella cooking classes, Japanese Tea Ceremonies, Tibetan Culture Pageant, Bi-lingual book reads, to dozens more. Frese describes the month as an opportunity for the Upstate to “see, taste, hear, and touch something from around the world right here at home.” More to come on the extensive community programming UI offers the Upstate next on GADC’s Greatness of Greenville blog.

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