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 Performances

International programming and announcements will be available beginning December 16, 2016. Check back again soon.

World-Class Colombian Exhibits

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International Tour

Colombian International Tour: March 4-11, 2017. Download the informational brochure here.

Speakers + Lectures

International programming and announcements will be available beginning December 16, 2016. Check back again soon.

Cinema of Colombia

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Cuisine of Colombia

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International Gala

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