Upstate International Month (UIM) March 1 – 31, 2023, is a multi-county collaboration of organizations, partners, sponsors, and communities.
Welcoming, supporting, celebrating, and educating through a variety of internationally themed events, UIM promotes our rich cultural diversity, heritage, and global connections.
UIM collaborates and welcomes co-branding of events that have an international connection, education-focused, and are open to the public (paid or fee-based).
World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that their conservation provides to people. At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime and human-induced reduction of species, which have wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts. Given these various negative effects, Sustainable Development Goal 15 focuses on halting biodiversity loss. #WorldWildlifeDay
A thrilling all-male group that specializes in Malambo—traditional Argentine folk dance of great virility and dexterity—and seeks to take it beyond its limits with a modern, avant-garde, and transgressive approach, merging it with other dance styles like flamenco and urban percussion.
After being named an official “Cultural Ambassador to the National Identity of Argentina” and on the tail of numerous successes, including events and performances in Las Vegas, New York, Dubai, Paris, Cairo, St Petersburg, and Montreal as well as special performances with Latin pop-star Ricky Martin, Cirque du Soleil, a year-long residency at Universal Studios Japan, and making it to semi-finalists on the hit TV show America’s Got Talent, MALEVO is excited to present a new touring performance created for proscenium theaters of performing arts centers and festivals.
International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8, yet the global campaign theme continues all year long to encourage action.
International Women’s Day has been around since 1911, so anyone anywhere can play a part in helping forge women’s equality.
International Women’s Day is supported by organizations, groups, governments and individuals worldwide committed to a more gender equal world.
The International Women’s Day website is the go-to hub for everything IWD and provides detailed information, guidance and resources.
Look for local events across the South Carolina Upstate.
Experience a range of Mozart’s music, from variations of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” to his large-scale orchestral pieces. The production explores the instruments, scores, themes behind the music, and life of the musician who wrote them, aiming to instill a love and appreciation of Classical music through an atmosphere that is fun, participatory, and inclusive.
Watch with delight as internationally renowned pianist Simon Tedeschi assumes the persona of the musical wunderkind himself, Wolfgang Amadeus, and is accompanied by an Australian Actor/Soprano as his wife, Constanze Mozart. Young music lovers will be introduced to a range of Mozart’s music, from variations on “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” to his major compositions. You’ll meet all the instruments in the Babies Proms ensemble along the way, and discover some of Mozart’s best-known and loved classical music.
Since its 2013 premiere at Sydney Opera House as part of their “Babies Proms” series, Meeting Mozart, directed by Eva Di Cesare (Monkey Baa’s Diary of a Wombat), has played two sold-out runs at Sydney Opera House, toured to Abu Dhabi International Arts Festival and four times to China, and returned to Sydney Opera House again in fall 2019.
A Dufford Institute for Cultural Diversity Event in conjunction with Newberry Arts For All (NAFA)
International Day of Women Judges is celebrated on March 10 each year to promote equal and complete participation of women at different levels of the judiciary. Women’s involvement in the judiciary is critical to ensure that courts represent their population, respond to their concerns, and issue competent decisions. Women judges increase the credibility of courts just by being present, giving a strong message that they are open and accessible to anyone seeking justice. Join us as we honor all women judges. From International Today
Did you know? (UN website)
- Forty per cent of judges were women in 2017, which is 35 per cent more than in 2008.
- In 1946, Eleanor Roosevelt famously penned an “open letter to the women of the world,” urging their increased involvement in national and international affairs.
- In most European countries, there are more women than men professional judges or magistrates; however, women represent 41 per cent of the judges in national supreme courts and only 25 per cent of court presidents.
Join the worldwide celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
Wear the green and be Irish for a day.
Quilting is an art form that is worldwide, the US observes National Day. 2022 is the 31st year of this observance.
The Quilt Alliance and the National Quilt Museum are proud to be the coordinators of this special day! Check this page often for fun and meaningful ideas for celebrating National Quilting Day, graphics and posters you can use to publicize your own NQD events, and a home base for this important day to honor and promote quilting! More information: https://quiltalliance.org/nationalquiltingday/
Explore examples of quilts called “around the world:” https://quiltdom.com/trip-around-world-quilts/
Lohengrin – Live in HD
Wagner’s soaring masterpiece makes its triumphant return to the Met stage after 17 years. In a sequel to his revelatory production of Parsifal, director François Girard unveils an atmospheric staging that once again weds his striking visual style and keen dramatic insight to Wagner’s breathtaking music, with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to conduct a supreme cast led by tenor Piotr Beczała in the title role of the mysterious swan knight. Soprano Tamara Wilson is the virtuous duchess Elsa, falsely accused of murder, going head to head with soprano Christine Goerke as the cunning sorceress Ortrud, who seeks to lay her low. Bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin is Ortrud’s power-hungry husband, Telramund, and bass Günther Groissböck is King Heinrich.
Now celebrating our 24th Anniversary, the Music on Sunday Concert Series continues to provide concertgoers a reasonably priced annual series of five two-hour concerts. The musicians are selected based on performance quality, reputation, and audience demand, and are generally from the Greenville area. Artists represent a variety of musical genres; offering something that will appeal to all ages and musical tastes. Each concert is immediately followed by a complimentary Wine & Cheese Reception. Concertgoers have the opportunity to mingle with the musicians and each other.
2022-2023 Concert begins October 16, 2022
The date of March 20 was chosen to celebrate the anniversary of the Agency for Cultural and Technical Cooperation (ACCT) that was born on March 20, 1970 in Niamey, Niger. This agency marks the first step toward Francophone cooperation, which will become the International Organization of La Francophonie a little later. About 300 million people speak French today.
The French language has always had an important place among languages. First a symbol of culture and creativity, it was then a vector of democracy and humanism, values that UNESCO intends to promote. UNESCO loves, speaks and promotes French – one of its 6 official languages and one of its 2 working languages. But more broadly UNESCO celebrating the Francophonie celebrates the cultural and linguistic diversity that makes up the world.
Celebrating La Francophonie is recognizing the potential of language and culture to unite people, to create spaces of solidarity and mutual understanding, to reflect together on our common future. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) share this common vision that places culture and language at the heart of any lasting effort for peace. and development. Per UNESCO website
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012 to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. Countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns.
The organizers are the United Nations Forum on Forests and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with Governments, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests and other relevant organizations in the field.
- Forests are home to about 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity, with more that 60,000 tree species.
- Around 1.6 billion people depend directly on forests for food, shelter, energy, medicines and income.
- The world is losing 10 million hectares of forest each year – about the size of Iceland
World Water Day, held on 22 March every year since 1993, focuses on the importance of freshwater.
World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.
Did you know?
- Almost all of the liquid freshwater in the world is groundwater.
- About 40 per cent of all the water used for irrigation comes from aquifers.
- Asia and the Pacific region has the lowest per capita water availability in the world, with groundwater use in the region predicted to increase 30 per cent by 2050.
- In North America and Europe, nitrates and pesticides represent a big threat to groundwater quality: 20 per cent of European Union (EU) groundwater bodies exceeds EU standards on good water quality due to agricultural pollution.
Source: UN website
The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), an organization of the United Nations, was created on 23 March 1950 to replace the International Meteorological Organization. It began operations in 1951 to coordinate member nation in the fields of meteorology, operational hydrology, and Earth sciences for the security of their population. The first World Meteorological Day was held on 23 March 1961. Wikipedia entry
The theme for 2023 has yet to be posted (September 2022)
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
The UN “Outreach Programme on the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery was established in 2007 with the adoption of the General Assembly resolution 62/122. The Programme raises awareness of the history of the transatlantic slave trade, its impact on the modern world, and its legacies, including racism and prejudice. Over the years, the Programme has established a global network of partners, including from educational institutions and civil society, and developed resources and initiatives to educate the public about this dark chapter of history and promote action against racism.”
There are two days of Remembrance on this topic: one in March and one in August.
Yamato was founded in Japan’s Nara Prefecture in 1993. The troupe has given over 4,000 performances in 54 countries and regions. Every year, Yamato tours the world for 6 to 10 months, creating and presenting original Yamato compositions and stages.
As a result of a relentless tour schedule, pursued over more than 10 years, audiences around the world await our arrival every year in growing numbers, sustaining, and encouraging our efforts more than words can express.
For the players of Yamato, every encounter with listeners is a unique and precious experience. Their greatest goal is to send audiences home after each performance with a new vitality and passion for life. As they continue to tour and perform throughout Japan and around the world, whether, in concerts, classrooms, school assemblies, or workshops, the troupe will continue to cherish and uphold Yamato, the spirit of Japan.
Witness the dexterity and skill of these world champion Irish dancers as they defy gravity together with Ireland’s finest musical and vocal virtuosos. Complete with original music and choreography, this ground-breaking production will thrill audiences with its emotional energy and imaginative design.
Piano Day, an annual worldwide event founded by a group of like-minded people, takes place on the 88th day of the year – in 2023 it’s the 29th March – because of the number of keys on the instrument being celebrated.
The aim of the day is to create a platform for piano-related projects in order to promote the development of musical dimensions and to continue sharing the centuries-old joy of playing the piano. Piano Day welcomes all kinds of piano lovers — young and old, amateur and professional, of any musical direction – to join in. It is intended to be the most joyful of all holidays!
Sphinx Virtuosi, the nation’s most dynamic, exhilarating professional chamber orchestra is dedicated to increasing racial and ethnic diversity in classical music. Comprised of 18 of the nation’s top Black and Latinx classical soloists who perform without a conductor, the musicians are primarily alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition. This unique ensemble had its highly acclaimed debut at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and has returned annually since 2006. Inspired by the Sphinx Organization’s overarching mission, the musicians work as cultural ambassadors to advance diversity in classical music, while engaging young and new audiences through performances of kaleidoscopically varied repertoire. Masterpieces by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi and Mozart will be performed alongside seldom-presented works by composers of color.