Visit the nations of the world during the International Festival Saturday, April 17. The free event will run from noon to 5 p.m. at the fountain area, west of the Dining Hall.In the case of rain, the event will be moved to the HHP Building.
More than 30 countries will be represented with booths in the festival’s Global Village staffed with people who will share information about the food, culture, topography, music and history of various nations. Special attention will be paid to Haiti and Chile, with fundraisers planned to raise money for earthquake relief efforts in both countries.
The day’s attractions also include performances of Brazilian dance, Middle Eastern belly dancing, Turkish folk dance, Indian traditional dance, Korean traditional music, traditional Japanese drumming and Chinese folk dance.
The festival, now in its 28th year, gives students and visitors a way to experience the world without leaving home, said Michael Elliott, director of International Student and Scholar Services for the International Programs Center.
“It really does help expand the minds and perspectives of people when they dialogue and build friendships with people from other countries,” he said. “It also helps inspire them to go abroad. That’s sometimes the first step.”
The event also highlights UNCG’s diversity. About 350 international students from at least 75 countries choose to study here each year, Elliott said. Another 100 Interlink Language Center students and 200 exchange students are on campus studying from foreign nations.
For more information on the International Festival, visit www.uncg.edu/ipg.
Visual: A scene from last year’s festival.