WMU to host 25th annual International Festival
The music, dance, food and fashions of 15 cultures will be showcased during Western Michigan University's twenty-fifth annual International Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 24, on campus in the Bernhard Center's East Ballroom.
First hosted in 1989, the popular event features cultural display tables, performances and a fashion show. Admission is free, and for a nominal fee, attendees may sample traditional foods prepared by international students in campus kitchens under the supervision of employees of WMU Dining Services.
International Festival annually attracts about 4,000 students and community members. Attendees are able to "travel" around the world in a single evening while gaining an appreciation for the diversity of cultures prevalent at WMU.
The University enrolls more than 1,800 international students from more than 100 countries and has many international students groups. This year’s festival will be hosted by the Association of Chinese Students and Scholars, Bronco African Student Association, Dominican Student Organization, German Club, Indian Student Association, Indonesian Overseas Association, Japan Club, Latino Student Alliance, Malaysian Student Association, Pakistani Student Association, Persian Student Association, Saudi Student Association, Taiwanese Student Association, Trio SSP and the Vietnamese Student Association.
Helder Pereira, a junior majoring in aviation flight science from Cabo Verde, West Africa, is chair of the festival planning committee. He said the event is the result of several months of collaborative work between students and staff.
"We work very hard to showcase many of the cultures represented on campus in a single room," Pereira said. "This year, we celebrate the festival’s 25th anniversary, and we are doing our best to make it the most memorable. It’s a great opportunity to experience the diversity of the University community, and learn about the cultures of our fellow Broncos from around the world."
The festival is organized by WMU’s International Programs Council and Campus Activities Board and co-sponsored by the Haenicke Institute for Global Education, University Cultural Events Committee, Graduate Student Advisory Committee, and Western Student Association.
For more information, contact Helder Pereira at firstname.lastname@example.org or (269)-387-3944.