The festivities that are open to the general public will actually begin on Aug. 10 with Streetfest!
The Streetfest! festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with Sidewalk sales. During the sales, local merchants will set up booths along Main Street and sell merchandise.
Also during Streetfest! there will be a dance on Main Street starting at 7 p.m. International dancers will not only perform parts of their routines, but will also teach spectators how to perform the dances.
BSI Coordinator Emma Dugal said the event is one of the favorite things of the weekend.
"It's fun, it's free, and it gives spectators a taste of what the festival will be like," she said.
The festival's official opening day will be Saturday, Aug. 11 and festivities begin at 11 a.m. at the Bountiful City Park.
At the park, visitors will have an opportunity to practicing their language skills with the international guests, sample a wide variety of ethnic cuisine, browse through the Outdoor Gallery for fine art gifts or make their way through the International Bazaar in search of trinkets and crafts from around the world.
Drawing on the rich ethnic variety of this area, BSI organizers always tempt patrons with foods from many different lands and cultures. Each year, the menu varies, but perennial favorites featured represent Polynesia, Laos, Mexico, Peru, Thailand, France, Germany, and many others.
The opening ceremonies and Parade of Nations will take place later that evening at 6 p.m.
Aug. 12 will be another full day of festivities. Visitors are invited to tour Boun-tiful City Park and are also invited to watch the performances by the international dancers.
In addition to
performances by the international groups, 50-60 local artists, artisans, and crafters will display their works for sale in the Outdoor Gallery and the International Marketplace.
Also 12 of Utah's best ethnic food vendors will sell wares to tempt visitors' palates. The Grass Roots Stage, which successfully began in 2004, will continue to provide a venue for local performing artists n 2005.
Dugal said the festival should have something for everyone thanks to all of the different types of arts present.
"The whole mood of the festival is a mood of celebration of the arts," Dugal said.
More information on the festivities is available online at http://bdac.org/bsi/bsiindex.htm.
A printable BSI discount coupon is available on the Web site. The coupon is for $1 off admission for individuals or $2 for families. The coupons are also available at the Bountiful/Davis Art Center.
Without the coupon, one- day admission to the park is $5 per person or $15 per family. Children 10 and younger are free. Tickets may be purchased at the gate.
There will also be a children's art yard that allows children to participate in art and cultural projects. Admission to the yard is $2.