Around the World Cultural Festival set for mid-November at DWU
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The annual Around the World Cultural Festival is set for mid-November at Dakota Wesleyan University.
The festival will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, in the East Main Dining Room upstairs in the Rollins Campus Center on campus. This event is a cultural cornucopia of facts, food and fun – with booths set up by DWU students, staff, faculty and even community members representing countries and cultures from around the world. The event is free and open to the public.
This is the university’s 11th year and 12th festival, which is well-attended by the campus community and often attended by local elementary classes.
“The festival is a fun way to introduce people to different cultures and countries – many of which are set up by people who are originally from those countries or have visited them,” said Kate Miller, director of TRiO Student Support Services and adviser for the DWU Multicultural Committee. “The Multicultural Committee is a student organization and these students strive to educate the public on cultural diversity – at Dakota Wesleyan we like to bring speakers to campus and host as many fun activities as we can, like our salsa event and Around the World Cultural Festival. All of these things are free and open to the public and we get fantastic student participation.”
Visitors to the festival are issued a “passport” and take a “world tour” around the room stopping by each country. Completed passports are turned in for a prize drawing. Prizes are fair trade cultural items from the store, Ten Thousand Villages.
The Mitchell community is encouraged to take part in the event and register as a presenter. If interested in hosting a table, sign up by contacting Miller at 995-2901, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DWU is a private, liberal arts university associated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. For more information about Dakota Wesleyan University, visit www.dwu.edu.