The Intercultural Festival
What is ICF?
The Intercultural Festival (ICF) is a completely student-organized event dedicated to celebrating the diversity of VCU and the surrounding community. ICF attracts thousands of people from different ages and backgrounds and includes unique performances, authentic food, games, children’s activities, carnival rides, an art exhibition, a petting zoo, cultural displays and much more.
The VCU Intercultural Festival has been in existence for over 20 years and, in 2003, ICF was recognized as an official university tradition at Virginia Commonwealth University. The festival has become a university and community-wide event that has grown exponentially, increasing from an audience of 500 people in 2002 to 4,500 in 2006, around 8,000 in 2009, and around 10,000 in 2013. It is a celebration of cultural diversity, connecting over 80 diverse VCU student organizations, community organizations, and people from all over the country.
The primary mission of ICF is to celebrate all cultures’ uniqueness and value, in order to promote greater personal understanding across ethnic and racial lines. This student-initiated, planned, and organized festival incorporates leadership training for VCU students and fosters an outlet for cultural awareness through many avenues. For the past eight years, participation in ICF has grown so that now more than ever, the festival is accomplishing its mission to promote “unity in diversity” not only at VCU, but also throughout Richmond and the state. ICF offers an assortment of entertaining activities to the public over the country for people of all ages, and from all walks of life.