WCU’s International Festival to be held April 9 on U.C. lawn

The 29th annual International Festival will take place Wednesday, April 9, on the A.K. Hinds Universiy Center Lawn.

The 29th annual International Festival will take place Wednesday, April 9, on the A.K. Hinds Universiy Center Lawn.

Western Carolina University will celebrate the cultures of its international students and faculty at its 29th annual International Festival, to be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 9.

The International Festival at WCU began 29 years ago to highlight and create campus awareness about the home countries of international students attending the university. Students from area public schools and university classes visit the festival as part of their studies on cultural groups.

International students set up booths on the A.K. Hinds University Center lawn and share popular cuisine, language and information about their countries. Miniature “passports” will be available for those who would like to visit the booths and receive a stamp from each country. The cost for food will range from $1 to $6, and it will be made entirely by the international students of WCU.

Among the countries to be represented are South Korea, Jamaica, India, Ireland, Pakistan, Germany, Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom, Ivory Coast, Canada and France.

Additional festivities include Moorish and Garland dancers, arts and crafts, international music, guest speakers, a Maypole dance, clothing from around the world, and activities and quizzes.

The festival is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the International Programs and Services Office.

For more information, contact Beth Walden, international student adviser, at ewalden@email.wcu.edu or (828) 227-2557.