GlobalFest Illinois 2020:
Leap into Languages!

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, Illinois, 61920

Globalfest Illinois has been a successful Language and Cultural Event for over 25 years. We are looking forward to sharing with you a different structure that we hope will better meet the needs of the teachers and student.

GlobalFest Illinois

A Celebration of World
Languages & Culture

What is GlobalFest Illinois?

GlobalFest Illinois is a celebration of world languages and culture, where participants immerse themselves into authentic world cultural experiences, languages and competitions. Middle and secondary school students make new forward thinking connections useful in our global society.

Who can Participate?

Middle and Secondary School Students, Clubs and organizations. Private Clubs, Organizations and Groups such as 4-H, Girl & Boy Scouts of America. All Groups must be accompanied by ?Authorized Personnel.

What does GlobalFest Illinois offer?

Language Immersion and Cultural Discovery Rooms, Cultural Stage Performances, Global Market, and more.

Who are the presenters?

Teachers, professional performers and presenters, authentic native speakers, student organizations and clubs.

GlobalFest Illinois meets State of Illinois and Common Core educational standards for students. Teachers earn Professional Development Units for attending, presenting, and participating.

"GlobalFest offers students a taste of the world," Maria Nagle, Pantagraph, March 1, 2014.

"Students get a window to the world at GlobalFest," Kenneth Lowe, Pantagraph, March 9, 2013.

Click here for the GlobalFest wallpaper!

Want to get involved?


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/ 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.