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Monmouth College’s 23rd annual Cultural Festival

September 29, 2017

Lily Guillen / The Courier

On September 23, Monmouth College was proud to host the 23rd annual Cultural Festival. The festival included food from around the world, cultural entertainment, and two guest performances from Western Illinois University.

This festival of diverse cultures expressed the 26 different cultures that are brought together here at Monmouth College. Student organizations, such as Umoja, the International Club, and Raíces proudly displayed their diverse cultures with information, food, and smiles.

The multiplicity of performances was incredible and inspiring. Performances from CVOP (Monmouth College’s Gospel group) a steel drummer, a traditional African drumming group, Banat Belly Dance Tribe, and Folkloric.

The Banat Belly Dance Tribe and Folkloric both came from Western Illinois University. The first group attempts to duplicate traditional belly dancing and the latter is a student-led organization which emphasizes traditional dances, originating from Mexico.

This event exemplified how Monmouth College strives to include and support diversity. Erika Buckley, the Director of International Student Services, described the Cultural Festival as “an excellent opportunity for the campus and the local community to come out and enjoy the diversity of our community”. Agreeing with this statement, attending this event in the future is highly recommended.

The Cultural Festival here at Monmouth College is about informing and including. It was apparent throughout the event that each culture, country, food, etc., was important to understand, respect, and to further embed in the culture of Monmouth College.

Abbi Murray
Online Manager

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