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Festival of Nations

Festival of Nations Drexel University

The International Graduate Student Association, in partnership with the Graduate Student Association and Graduate College, invited Drexel students to participate in the 2023 Festival of Nations on Friday, May 19 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. ET!


Festival of Nations is a celebration of culture and tradition featuring a showcase of music, games, activities, and art from Drexel’s international students and organizations, and a sampling of international cuisines.


Behrakis Grand Hall

Inside Creese Student Center
3210 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Submit to Participate

Submissions for the 2023 Festival of Nations have closed. Check back for next year's event!




Registration for the 2023 Festival of Nations have closed. Check back for next year's event!

About the Event

The Festival of Nations was founded in 2018 by former President of the International Graduate Student Association (IGSA), Melvin Mathew, PhD '20, in collaboration with the Campus Activities Board (CAB) and featured a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate student groups and organizations. Since then, the event has been held in several different locations across campus and included a variety of administrative sponsors and formats. The event went on hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic and returned in 2022.

"The idea is to showcase the diversity that exists within the Drexel community. It's about sharing and showcasing cultures through performances, music and cuisine. Most events held are generally delimited to undergraduates separate from graduates. We want to breakdown this barrier and provide university-wide exposure for the cultural organizations that students can get involved in. This year, Drexel’s Campus Activities Board worked with us to make this event happen. We’re hoping we can make this an annual festival celebrated by Drexel to showcase our unity in diversity. The [inaugural] Festival of Nations, to my knowledge, is the largest graduate and undergraduate collaboration held in quite a while," said Mathew.

Read the full interview with Mathew in DrexelNow!

The Graduate College agrees with Mathew's vision and continues to support the Festival of Nations as an annual event in alignment with the Graduate College's commitment to justice, equity diversity and inclusion (JEDI), in particular promoting an inclusive environment, belonging, collaborative community, JEDI programs and initiatives, and learning more about and celebrating what makes us unique.

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Accommodation Requests

Disability Resources provides equal opportunity and equal access to programs and activities for all individuals at Drexel University and empowers individuals who have documented disabilities by working together proactively to provide reasonable accommodations. To request accommodations for this event, please contact the Disability Resources at We appreciate requests at least 72 hours in advance. Thank you!