GlobalFest Illinois

A Celebration of World Languages and Cultures.

GlobalFest 2022: Coming Soon!

Globalfest Illinois has been a successful Language and Cultural Event for over 25 years! We loved hosting almost 200 students and teachers from 12 different schools at EIU on Leap Day 2020, and we hope to be able to do it again soon! Please contact us at if you would like to help plan (or maybe even host) the next event!

GlobalFest Illinois: FAQs

A Celebration of World Languages & Culture

What is GlobalFest Illinois?

A day for students to celebrate world languages and cultures! GlobalFest Illinois enjoys a history of more than 25 years. Immerse yourself in a language! Explore a culture! Celebrate our vibrant community of world language students! Connect to our global society!

Who are the presenters?

Teachers, university faculty, performers, native speakers, and student organizations. GlobalFest Illinois is aligned with the State of Illinois World Language and Common Core Educational Standards for teachers and students. Teachers also earn PD credit for leading a session!

What does GlobalFest Illinois offer?

World language immersion, cultural activities, games including trivia, and a Global Market. Students can choose between 30+ activities, which are different every year. Past sessions have included Norwegian for Beginners, German Language Immersion, Soccer in Swahili, Origami Tutorials, and Georgian Dance!

Who can participate?

High school and middle school students, clubs and organizations, groups such as 4-H, Girl & Boy Scouts of America. All groups must pre-register and be accompanied by teachers or other adult chaperones.

Want to get involved?

Committee: The Globalfest Illinois committee is constantly looking for new dynamic committee members. We need several new members who will be dedicated to the GlobalFest Illinois mission "We Bring the World to Illinois." The committee has three to four planning meetings per year.

Event Presenters: We are also looking for language professionals, native speakers and collegiate students going into Language Education or International Business, who are willing to share their language and culture with students at this event.

Contact Cathryn Harshman, GlobalFest Illinois Chairwoman:

Affiliated with the GlobalFest Illinois Committee, ICTFL and Affiliates, Eastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois Asian Studies, and the University of Illinois International and Area Studies Centers: The European Union Center; Russian, East European and Eurasian Center; Center for International Business Education and Research; Center for Global Studies; and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.