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Culture embraced

September 20, 2013

The 19th annual Cultural Festival will be held on Sept. 21 at Dunlap Terrace and is promising various ways of exhibiting international cultures. Over 14 countries will be represented in the fair.

The celebration begins at 11 a.m. with displays of various countries that represent the international students at Monmouth this year.

Based on their heritage, students will dress in the clothing of their country. Many of the international students will be set up at booths to answer questions about their respective cultures.

Following the booths, there will be signature dishes to represent the countries that are present.

“Many students are helping food services prepare some of the dishes to help make it as authentic as possible,” said Sarah Mabry, co-president of International Club.

Also, at the festival there will be performances from various groups and individuals on campus and the community. Entertainment includes: Mariachi Sol De Oro, Gangman style, Umoja Step Dancers and Colorful Voices of Praise.

Sujith Santhosh, co-president of International Club, is looking forward to the performances.

“I am looking forward to the violinists, Malaysian songs and Russian songs that are going to be performed.”

This year’s Cultural Festival will be different from previous years.

“There are more international students than ever before and a lot of countries are being represented,” Mabry said.

Both of the presidents expect many people to explore a new culture.

“The festival will hopefully break open barriers within the community,” Santhosh said.

Mabry has high expectations for the festival.

“The people who come to the event will get a taste of the different cultures, and get to know international students in a fun environment.”

The clubs represented in the Festival include International Club, Colorful Voices of Praise, Raices and Umoja, with additional guest appearances.

Porscha McCloud
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