The Nationalities Council of Indiana (NCI) began as a standing committee of the International Center Of Indianapolis (ICI), established in 1972. In 1976, NCI and ICI hosted the first international festival to celebrate the ethnic communities that were part of the Council at that time and to showcase their contributions to the culture, history, and economy of Indiana. In 1988, NCI became a separately incorporated nonprofit entity and assumed sole responsibility for the annual International Festival. Over 50 ethnic and cultural organizations belong to NCI.

Nationalities Council member organizations represent a large diversity of cultures, and the council exists to help each group share its unique heritage with others. According to its by-laws, NCI is a nonprofit whose mission is “to provide a structure for organizing and promoting cultural and ethnic activities; to promote and increase communication and cultural exchange across ethnic and racial lines among people of all nationalities, races, and cultures; and to support the cultural and ethnic activities of its member groups and other cultural and ethnic organizations.”

Revised July 2021

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