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Soka University will celebrate the 16th Annual International Festival from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Enjoy 900 musicians and dancers performing on four stages, and over 250 non-profit, craft and business exhibitors. The 2017 International Festival will again be part of the Orange County's Imagination Celebration, presented in cooperation with Arts Orange County and the Orange County Department of Education. We are grateful to our Presenting Sponsor, The Orange County Register and Stage Sponsor: Yelp.com.
There will be lots of international food, exhibitors, games and activities, art exhibitions, ceramic sales, a children's play and arts area, student projects --- and much more!
Admission is FREE for everyone! Parking on campus is $10 cash and we ask that you carpool and have exact cash available for parking fees to speed up the lines -- we do not take credit cards.
What will the International Festival be like? Enjoy a video made by an attendee.
Entertainment Schedule 2016 (2017 Schedule will be posted in mid-April 2017. Registration for performers is open Jan - March 1, 2017.)
2016 International Festival Program (2017 Program will be posted in mid-April 2017. Deadline for Exhibitors to register to be in the program in April 1, 2017.)
Don't forget to bring cash for food, games and shopping. 250 exhibitors will be there to entice you with international food, ethnic clothing, hand crafted jewelry, hand bags, shoes and information about local businesses! There will be ATM's in the Recreation Center and Founders Hall, but they do charge a user fee.
Have your children pick up a Festival Passport at any Information Center. They can get it stamped at 6 of 8 stamp stations around the festival -- and turn it in for a small prize when it is completed.
Disabled Parking is available in Parking Lot A and in Parking Structure B, but please come early because it may fill up. Shuttle vans will run continuously between parking lots to assist you. All stages are accessible and any information center can assist you in finding elevators or restrooms. They are also marked in the program, along with First Aid and Lost and Found stations.
Please note that the International Festival takes place around Peace Lake at Soka University. No one is permitted in the water and we ask you to please watch young children very carefully when they are near the lake.
Dogs are permitted but not encouraged due to crowds. Dogs must be on leash and on pathways and are not permitted in buildings. Three of the four stages are indoors, so bringing a dog will limit your access to entertainment.
Performing Group Registration: Late registrations (after March 1) will go on a waiting list in case of cancellations. Contact: Lisa Lu, firstname.lastname@example.org or 949.480.4083
Exhibitor Registration is open for May 6, 2017 and closes April 30, 2017. Space allocation is first registered (both registration form and check received), first choice of space. We will not assign or hold space requests if checks have not been received. Deadline to be listed in the Program: April 1, 2016 (received.) Non-profit agencies with 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 tax status may reserve a table space with a 6' table and 2 chairs for $35 before March 1, 2017 ($85 after) to host an approved fundraising game, food or other sales or activity. Please attach a copy of your tax status letter to your application if this is your first year applying. If you are serving food you MUST attach a copy of your health permit waiver application. Crafters and businesses may reserve a 6' table and 2 chairs for $125 before March 1, 2017 ($175 after). No canopies or displays bigger than 10x10 will be permitted in one space. If your canopy or display is larger, you need to purchase two spaces. Canopies ($35) and electrical access ($35) may also be reserved. Confirmed exhibitors are listed on the Exhibitors Registered To Date page, so you can always check your status. This IS YOUR CONFIRMATION! There's a map of the festival layout with FULL areas indicated and locations of stages, parking and shuttle stops on the Exhibitor page. Contact: Wendy Harder at email@example.com (preferred!) or (949) 480-4081 if you have questions.
Food may only be served by non-profit groups or SUA Student Clubs, although either group may partner with a restaurant or professional food server if they turn in a Partnership Agreement Form which promises that 100% of the profits will go to the non-profit. Non-profits serving food are responsible for submitting county health permit waiver request information to Soka University along with their registration form BEFORE APRIL 1, 2015. Soka University will submit all forms together. All exhibitors are asked to provide their own tablecloths and extension cords if electrical is requested. No charcoal barbeques are permitted due to safety issues. If you are serving hot or cold food, please specify your power source so we know how to best place your space.
Volunteers are also needed to help keep the festival running smoothly. Volunteers working at least a two hour shift receive free parking and a festival t-shirt. You can volunteer by emailing your contact information and preferred shift time to firstname.lastname@example.org. Greatest need: 6:30 am - 10 am to assist with exhibitor unloading...then enjoy the festival for the rest of the day!
Sponsor and banner opportunities are available for the 2017 International Festival.
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If you have not had the opportunity to visit our campus and you would like to do so before the festival, please note that we have regular tours at 10 am and 2 pm Monday-Friday and we’d be delighted to show you our campus.
Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com or (949) 480-4081 if I can answer any questions.
Director, Community Relations