Culture, fashion and food on display as Western's International Festival moves to new venue

Contact: Ian Magnuson
A group of dancers holds up red fans.

Western's International Festival showcases the divers cultures represented at the University through performances, displays, food and more.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Take a journey around the world without ever leaving Kalamazoo. Western Michigan University's annual International Festival returns to campus this fall in a new location. The highly anticipated event will cap off WMU Homecoming week on Sunday, October 15, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Miller Auditorium.

The International Festival is a celebration of the University’s diverse student body and offers a unique opportunity for attendees to experience a wide range of cultures, fashion and food. It has been a popular event since 1989, attracting students, employees and community members. Admission is free, and attendees will be able to explore different cultures through live performances, traditional dances, delicious cuisine and booth displays. 

A student stands behind a table showing an object to other people.

Vendors and student groups will set up tables in the halls of Miller Auditorium.

Organized by Western's Haenicke Institute for Global Education and supported by many student organizations, the International Festival is an excellent platform for students to share their cultures and traditions with the campus and the broader community. The festival has become a highly anticipated event, attracting thousands of attendees.

"We are excited to be hosting International Festival at Miller this year," says Meg Billedeaux, global learning specialist and coordinator of the International Festival. "The students put so much work into their performances; I'm excited for them to have the opportunity to use a professional theater space.”

"The International Festival, a signature event of the Global Engagement Program, is a celebration of our diversity and a reminder of the richness of our community," adds Anezka Viskova-Robertson, assistant manager of global learning. "It is an opportunity for students to share their culture and a chance for the greater Kalamazoo community to experience and celebrate the diversity here at Western Michigan University."

Previously held during the spring semester in the Bernhard Center, the first festival in Miller Auditorium will provide ample space for vendors and student groups to set up booths in the halls while showcasing talented Broncos in performances on the main stage. Attendees will have the chance to purchase international foods provided by fantastic local vendors including Hillside Indian Cuisine, Pacific Rim Foods, Que Buenos and Drake Road Shawarma King.

More information about how to get involved is available on the WMU International Festival webpage.

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