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March is Upstate International Month and events have been planned by a group of individuals from education, business, non-profit, civic and social organizations all across the Upstate region to showcase the rich ethnic and cultural uniqueness of the area.

“Upstate International is a new initiative designed to celebrate the international groups among us and their contributions to our region and to educate all of us about the remarkable international diversity in our midst,” said Dr. Deryle Hope, director of international studies at USC Upstate and a member of the Upstate International Steering Committee. “There are more than 100 events celebrating music, art, religious, food and more that can be used for curricular enrichment.”

A full listing of the events planned across the region can be viewed here. The events planned for the Spartanburg area are listed below. For information about Upstate International Month, please contact Dr. Deryle Hope at 503-5769.

2015 Spartanburg Events 

French and Francophone Film Festival

Campus Life Center Ballroom 
"African-Americans in Spartanburg and WWI"
Dr. Warren Carson
February 24, 5:00 p.m.

Tukey Theatre 
March 3, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
"Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story"

March 17, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Josephine Baker film

University of South Carolina
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC

In celebration of Upstate International month, Araceli Hernandez-La Roche of USC Upstate and the division of student affairs at USC Upstate will be organizing the Second Annual French & Francophone Film Festival. The 2015 topic will be Black Paris & World War I. Dr. Warren Carson’s presentation on African-Americans in Spartanburg and WWI will kick-off the film festival on Tuesday, February 24. The festival's film showings will take place on Tuesday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 17 at the Tukey Theater, below the main Library on the USC Upstate campus. At each film screening, there will be an opportunity to compete in a Twitter poetry contest.

K-12 Art Contest Winners' Display

March 9-31
University Center 
225 S. Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville, SC
Map

International Soccer Tournament

March 15
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
University of South Carolina Community Soccer Fields
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC

The German-American Club in cooperation with USC Upstate will be organizing their next International Soccer Tournament March 15 at the USC Upstate Soccer Fields. In 2014 Russia, Haiti, Great Britain, USA, Germany, Mexico, France, International Students and The International Center were represented. Think you can beat them? Start training for your global soccer experience in the Upstate.

Spartanburg Soaring! International Parade and Kite Festival

March 21
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Barnet Park
248 E. St. John St.
Spartanburg, SC
Map

Spartanburg is soaring to new heights every year. The Spartanburg Soaring! International Kite Festival will be greater than ever in 2015. Organized by the Chapman Cultural Center, this event brings the Spartanburg community together to look toward the skies as hundreds of kites fly above Barnet Park and the surrounding fields. The day includes kite making, local music, great food and an active and engaging celebration of everything good about Spartanburg. Many community partners and collaborators will be there with various activities for people of different ethnicities, backgrounds and cultures, making the festival a truly international experience.

Two 2 Transform Regional Photo Essay Competition

March 23
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
University Center Auditorium
225 S. Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville, SC
Map
 
Six digital slides may produce a photo essay with the power to transform an entire university system audience. The Two 2 Transform photo essay competition invites college students from across the Upstate to produce a narrated photo presentation describing and reflecting on their abroad experiences.

Iguana Tree Book Talk with Author Michel Stone

March 24
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Spartanburg Public Library, Barrett Room
151 Church St.
Spartanburg, SC

The educational committee of Upstate International in collaboration with Spartanburg County Main Library and its Booklovers Club will be hosting a book discussion on our Upstate International community book The Iguana Tree with Spartanburg author Michel Stone.

Upstate International Events Archive

Upstate International Archived Events 2014
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