International flags line Franklin Street in preparation for the upcoming Near and Far Festival in Chapel Hill this weekend.
The festival will be held on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at 140 West Franklin St. Plaza, and will celebrate Chapel Hill’s global community, according to the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership.
The flags lining Franklin Street accompany vinyl decals that advertise the festival’s events, which are free and open to the public.
Meg McGurk, the executive director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, said the festival aims to promote international awareness in Chapel Hill’s local community.
“The idea of having a special event to honor our international community both on and off campus has been an interest for many people in the community for a while,” she said.
McGurk said the event will honor Chapel Hill’s international community in a way that allows residents to experience new cultures.
“It’s really to celebrate and honor the international cultures that are represented here in Chapel Hill on and off campus and for people to be able to share that culture with others — be it art, dance, music, food, activities,” McGurk said.
The festival will feature performances from Pline Mounzeo to Prema Natya Vidyalaya Dance School. The event will also have interactive exhibits such as UNC Global, the Chapel Hill Chinese School and a tasting tent.
The flags are representative of the town and university’s international populations. Overall the international flags have been well received by the public and have prompted significant interest in the event, McGurk said.