2017 Honored Country - Colombia
The Memphis in May International Festival International Week brings cultural events to community centers, museums, galleries, performing arts centers and schools throughout the city. Luncheons and lectures unite the resources of local government and professional cultural agencies with speakers, artists and celebrities from the honored country, opening doors for international commerce and exchange. While the cornerstone events like the Beale Street Music Festival and World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest incorporate elements from the honored country’s culture, the International events pay special homage to the country’s past, present, and future. Ambassadors and Dignitaries from each honored country join in the fun by attending many of the Festival’s events, including a glamorous evening of dinner and dancing at the Memphis in May International Festival Gala.
2017 Fine Arts Poster
This year's Fine Arts Poster was unveiled on Thursday, February 2 and depicts the vibrant and colorful beauty of Colombia. Local artist Nick Peña was responsible for the piece of art and said he, "felt fortunate to have an opportunity to research one of the richest and biologically diverse countries in the world. For an artist interested in landscape and architecture I knew I would have a wealth of content to reference —from the Amazon rainforest to the bustling city of Bogota; and from the Andes to having coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean —Colombia is rich in diversity and culture." Click here to learn more.
Featured Event Sponsors
- Beale Street Music Festival
- International Salute To Colombia
- World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest
- Great American River Run
- International Exchange Program
- For Educators