Francis Marion University’s Arts International Festival, the region’s celebration of arts, culture and fun, returns to FMU’s Main Campus on Saturday, April 14.

Festival Info

Performers and Vendors from throughout the world will descend onto the FMU Campus on Saturday, April 14, 2018,  providing a day filled with international entertainment, food, and fun from noon until 6 p.m. — rain or shine.

There is no admission charge and all entertainment is free and open to the public. There is a charge for food, beverages, and craft items that are sold within the festival.

A Kids’ Area will feature magic shows, face painting, arts & crafts, plus more fun for the whole family!

The day includes a Cardboard Boat Regatta where FMU students will set sail across Durant Pond in boats made of nothing but cardboard and tape!

The annual Welding Rodeo Competition returns as teams of welders will have 8 hours to turn piles of scrap metal into works of art.

Check out the Arts International 2018 Map for easy directions to any of the festival’s activities.

Arts International Map

International Foods

One of the most popular features of Arts International returns as international food vendors serve a wide array of delectable dishes from across the world.

International foods featured this year include Indian, Japanese, Cajun, German, Italian, Hawaiian, Filipino, and Brazilian.

People taste testing food at Arts International

Arts & Crafts Vendors

Dozens of artisans will have shops setup at the festival to showcase their craft and sale their pieces.

This year’s line-up includes:

The Earring Lady, GreenWitch Designs & Mystic Morning Productions, Glass Crafts Artfully Adorned, Marion Berry Jewelry, Ducky Soap, JM Garden  Glass, WickedCute Creations, Southern Fields Soap Co., The Potters Hand, Tinketon Ltd., Eric Heiden Photography, The Lovely Boutique, Crafty Maibritt,
Silver Lake Forge & Farm, T’s Creations, APATCO Woodartistry, Jems by Jackie, Bernard Williams Arts, plus more!

Men at an Arts International vendor

Welding Rodeo

Teams will pick their scrap metal at 7:30 a.m., work on their projects until around 3:30 p.m., followed by judging, awards and an auction. The rodeo will be set up on FMU’s campus behind the Smith University Center.

Welders can follow the route on the map below to the designated welding area.

Welding craft in the shape of a bear

Kids' Area

Stage Schedule

Noon – Gerry the Great & His Big Red Box of Magic Show

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. –  Driven By Dance and the City of Florence Parks and Recreation Department Power Elite and the City of Florence Parks and Recreation Department Local Vocals

3 p.m. – Gerry the Great again!

Additional Fun

Academic Year In America – Each child will have the opportunity to make his/her own Passport book, then visit the exchange students living in the USA for a school year. Spend time talking and learning about other cultures.

Flags -Decorate a national flag or create your own individual flag.

Continental Crafts – Create crafts from around the world.

Face Painting – Magical and Unforgettable Moments with Joy the Clown and her furry and feathered friends.

STEM – Mr. Fred Wilson combines art and science with linear pendulum art, color and creative humor.

Self Service Portrait Station – Paint a self portrait and experience spoken word and visual artist Jess Willis and her recycled/re-purposed giant puppet.

Honda presents: Japanese Yo-Yos

It’s a Small World Photo – Take a snap shot of your child in costume to remember the day.

Drawing Wall – Make your mark of unity among all cultures with a special message.

Gerry the Great logo

Entertainment Schedule

International Stage

Noon – South Carolina Dance Theatre

1 p.m  – Anthony Salazar Magic

2 p.m  – ImaginAerial

3 p.m. – School of Dance Arts

4 p.m.  – Anthony Salazar Magic

5 p.m.  – ImaginAerial

Concert Stage

Noon – SYR Celtic Folk Rock

1 p.m. – That NATION Band

2 p.m. – Recollection Band

3 p.m. – SYR Celtic Folk Rock

4 p.m. – That NATION Band

5 p.m. –  Recollection Band

Boat Race Banner

Vendor Applications

The University will accept vendor applications for Arts & Crafts, as well as International Food stations through March 1, 2018.

Those wishing to have a booth at this year’s festival must complete one of the following forms: