About Our Education Program


Memphis in May International Festival believes that education is an integral part of our festival. International awareness is at the core of the Memphis in May International Festival’s commitment to the education of the Mid-South community, children and adults alike. Each year, the area’s youth immerse themselves in the culture of our honored country through our curriculum guide, student competitions, international exchanges, and more!

While Memphis in May International Festival fosters the education of an entire community, our focus begins on the youth of the area. Memphis in May’s goal: by the time a student graduates from high school, they will have had the opportunity to experience the customs and cultures of 12 different countries from around the world. Each year, Memphis in May accomplishes this goal through an extensive and diverse youth education program offered to every student and school in the Memphis and Shelby County area, including over 200 city and county schools, dozens of private schools, and a very active home school association.

Our award-winning education program would not be possible without the support and assistance of corporate partners and our international friends. Educators, artists, and writers in the local community come together and give their time to judge the Festival’s numerous educational contests. Memphis in May International Festival has been able to build relationships in the community that allow the education program to continue to grow, thrive and benefit the entire community.

Our Educational Program is proudly supported by TVA

Educational Performances - Colombian Folkloric Ballet

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Memphis in May International Festival is proud to offer performances to Memphis area schools at no charge. In celebration of International Week, schools will have the opportunity to enjoy a vibrant cultural performance from the Colombian Folkloric Ballet.
This year your students can experience the sounds and rhythms of Colombia! The Colombian Folkloric Ballet was created to promote and preserve Colombian culture through dance, music, and creative expression. The group travels across the US and perform different styles of dance from the five natural regions of Colombia, each with a unique style and sound. The Colombian Folkloric Ballet will show you Colombia’s rich dance culture through traditional dances like the Cumbia, founded on Colombia’s Atlantic Coast, and the Andean Bambuco.
The performances this year will be held on Monday, May 15, Tuesday, May 16, and Wednesday, May 17. Performances are scheduled during school hours and in conjunction with the school schedule.
To request that your school host a performance, please complete and submit the information below by April 19, 2017. We will let you know on April 25, 2017 if we are able to accommodate your school on the tour this year. 

Apply here: http://bit.ly/2p5gIip

Educational Performances - Herencia de Timbiquí

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Teachers! Looking for a field trip for your students? As part of the 2017 Salute to Colombia, Memphis in May International Festival presents Herencia de Timbiquí at The Orpheum Theatre during International Week.

What the audience at every Herencia de Timbiquí concert experiences is an explosion of musical energy, flavor, and rhythms that come from the deepest part of Colombia. Herencia de Timbiquí works to preserve the ancestral roots of the marimba de chonta, and traditional instruments such as the bombo, cununos and the guasá and combines them with a powerful band, including energetic vocals, brass, keyboards, and guitar.

The Afro-descendant Herencia de Timbiquí caught the attention of USAID, and featured the group in a 2014 documentary highlighting not only what the artists represent to the Colombian music scene, but also the social challenges faced on the Colombian Pacific coast where the town of Timbiquí is located.

Music born in the heart of the Pacific, fused with urban beats from the hot, gritty, salsa-loving city of Cali, Herencia de Timbiqui´s 11-strong band “is one of the most exciting tropical music acts out of Colombia in recent years.” - WorldMusicCentral.org

The performance is an excellent complement to any of the Memphis in May classroom programs or competitions and is offered FREE of charge to schools.

This year YOUR students can experience the sounds and rhythms of Colombia!

Performance will last approximately 60 minutes. There is no cost for students or chaperones to attend. Schools should provide transportation to and from the show.

Limited seating, first come – first served basis.

THANK YOU for your interest! You can register online here, but due to the overwhelming response, you'll be placed on a wait list. 

Education Newsletter

Newsletter 2

The Memphis in May Education Newsletter is for anyone interested in learning various information about our honored country. You'll find fun facts, photos and lots more to help get acclimated for this year's month-long salute.

Download the latest edition of our Education Newsletter here

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