Hickory International Council

The Hickory International Council (HIC) fosters unity between the local and global community in Hickory. The purpose of the council is to act as a liaison between the community and the city government to promote goodwill, mutual understanding, and cooperation among citizens.

The HIC was established on May 7, 2002 by the Hickory Mayor and City Council and has a diverse membership, with members from all over the world. The Committee focuses on establishing different ways to help improve Hickory as an international city that cherishes its international visitors, residents, and businesses.

In an effort to help the community celebrate the creativity and traditions of international cultures and enhance understanding and awareness of other countries, the HIC sponsors many multicultural events in the area.  Some of their annual events include an international film festival for children, a Pangea Model UN Conference, Romanian musical performances, and the nationally recognized Folkmoot Festival, which brings in dancers and performers from all over the world to Western North Carolina.  “My all-time favorite activity is the Children’s International Film Festival,” said Hani Nassar, Chair of the HIC. “Children are more likely to embrace and appreciate new cultures, and then remember them for the future.”

The Hickory International Council meets the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Moretz Board Room at the SALT Block. Those interested in serving on the HIC may fill out an application at http://www.hickorync.gov/content/boards-and-commissions.  For information about the HIC, visit their website at http://www.hickoryinternationalcouncil.com/

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