WCU’s International Festival offers a world tour on campus

A parade of flags will take place at noon on Wednesday, April 10, as part of WCU's annual International Festival.

A flag procession will take place at noon on Wednesday, April 10, as part of WCU’s annual International Festival.

Western Carolina University will celebrate world cultures and traditions at its 34th annual International Festival on Wednesday, April 10.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A flag procession by international students will take place just after noon and will be followed by remarks from Lois Petrovich-Mwaniki, director of WCU’s Office of International Programs and Services.

Musical performances include a drum presentation at 10:10 a.m. hosted by Digali’I, WCU’s American Indian student organization; Javanese gamelan music by WCU’s Low Tech Ensemble at 11:15 a.m.; the “Harlem Shake” at 12:10 p.m.; a Sri Lanka and Indian musical performance at 12:30 p.m.; and the WCU Jazz Ensemble at 1 p.m.

Campus and community organizations with international ties will host information, food and craft booths. Among them will be food booths featuring Jamaican and Pakistani cuisine and an informational booth about an effort started at WCU to raise money to build a well in Kenya.

In addition, Kenya native Ronnie Mdawida of Kosmos Solutions International, a nongovernmental community development and humanitarian relief organization, will speak at a noon brown bag luncheon hosted by the Department of Anthropology and Sociology in Room 110 of the McKee Building and at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Natural Science Building.

For more information, visit International Programs and Services online at ips.wcu.edu or contact Christopher Pedo, festival organizer and WCU international student adviser, at 828-227-2557 or copedo@wcu.edu.