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Brazil, Ireland, India, Cuba, Greece, Egypt, Bulgaria, Palestine, Japan, Rwanda, Italy. A United Nations Summit, you ask? No, but at International Focus Inc.'s International Festival, you will find delegates from these countries and many more. Well into its 17th year, the festival was started as a way to encourage awareness and appreciation of the Triangle's diverse cultures, and features cultural exhibits, ethnic dance, boutiques, bazaars and sidewalk cafes. World music will also be highlight of the event with performances by various groups including the Peking Opera, Group Anatolian, Entaksi, Picaflor, The Soccos and Medovina. Enjoy a weekend of cultural appreciation: Friday, Nov. 8, 6-10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. & Sunday, Nov 10, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. N.C. State Fairgrounds, Graham Building and Dorton Arena, Hillsborough Street and Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. 832-4331 or www.internationalfestival.org. $7 door, $5 advance, $3 (children 6-12) door, $2 advance, children under 6, free. --olufunke moses

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