GlobalFest Illinois

A Celebration of World
Languages & Culture

What is GlobalFest?

GlobalFest 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 ‚ÄčAuthorized Personnel.

What does GlobalFest offer?

Immersion Language Room, Cultural Discovery Rooms, Cultural Stage Performances, Global Connections Quiz Bowl, Krazy Olympiks, Global Market, Arts and Crafts Competition.

Who are the presenters?

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

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

GlobalFest 2016
Welcomes the World
to Illinois

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Joliet Central High School
201 East Jefferson Street,
Joliet, Illinois, 60432

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Globalfest has been a successful Language and Cultural Event for the past 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.

We are at a new location for 2016. If your school is interested in hosting this event, please email:


Field trip grants

Target is awarding small grants to enable school field trips. Projects awarded up to $700 for public and private schools.

The deadline is September 30. For more info on rules and guidelines: Field Trip Grants From Target

"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!

The Globalfest committee is looking for new dynamic committee members. We need several new members who will be dedicated to the GlobalFest mission "We Bring the World to Illinois." The committee has 3 planning meetings per year.

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.


Sponsored by the GlobalFest Committee, ICTFL and Affiliates, Joliet Central High School, 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.