Around the World Cultural Festival set for February

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No need to pack bags for this world tour – The Around the World Cultural Festival requires only 30 minutes and the ability to follow a crowd.

Dakota Wesleyan University’s annual Around the World Cultural Festival is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the East Main Dining Room upstairs in the Rollins Campus Center on campus. The event is free and open to the public, as well as school tours. Booths set up by DWU students, staff, faculty and community members, represent countries and cultures from around the world.

This is the university’s 15th year and 16th festival and DWU’s Derric Ludens and Thomas Madut, advisers for the DWU Student Diversity Council, are inviting community members to participate.

“Last year’s festival was a tremendous success with more than 100 people taking the tour,” Ludens said. “The importance of the festival is that it gives us the opportunity to celebrate culture and diversity.”

Some booths are set up by students who have researched countries they are interested in, while others have volunteers who have traveled to or are from the countries they host.

Visitors to the festival receive a “passport” to take a “world tour” around the room, stopping by each booth. Completed passports are eligible for a prize drawing. 

Mitchell community members are encouraged to take part in the event and register as presenters. If interested in hosting a table, sign up by contacting Ludens at 995-2640 or at