Int'l Salute

Thank you for a fantastic 2016! We will begin announcing our 2017 Festival dates in August

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.

For more information on the 2017 honored country of Colombia, click the picture below for a special video.


5 Facts About Colombia

1. Colombia is the largest supplier of flowers to the United States, accounting for more than two-thirds of U.S. flower imports.

2. Colombia is the only country in South America with coastline on both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea.

3. Colombian coffee is widely considered to be among the best in the world. UNESCO made Colombia’s coffee region a World Heritage Site in 2011.

4. Colombia has the second largest population in South America, after Brazil, and the third largest Spanish-speaking population in the world, after Mexico and Spain.

5. Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, is located at an altitude of 8,660 ft. above sea level making it one of the highest capital cities in the world.


Colombian Nobel Peace Prize Winners

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016 to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end. The Colombian civil war took the lives of at least 220,000 Colombians and displaced close to six million people. The award can also be seen as a tribute to all parties who have contributed to the peace process, including the Colombian people who, despite great hardships and abuses, have not given up hope of a just peace. This tribute is paid, not least, to the representatives of the countless victims of the civil war.

More [Nobel] Peace [Prizes] for Colombians. In 1982 the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez. He received this prize for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic combine in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent's life and conflicts.

Read about both Colombian Peace Prize winners here.


Colombian Performances

International programming and announcements will be available beginning January 20, 2017. Check back again soon.

World-Class Colombian Exhibits

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International Tour

Colombian International Tour: March 4-11, 2017. Due to the overwhelming response, all spots for the 2017 Colombian tour have been filled. Thanks for understanding.

Speakers + Lectures

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Cinema of Colombia

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Cuisine of Colombia

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International Gala

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