Annual International Festival Celebrates Diversity and Culture

Carleton’s annual International Festival, sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Life and International Student Programs, will take place Saturday, May 9 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sayles-Hill Great Space and Great Space Balcony. The colorful and spirited event is free and open to the public, although a three-dollar donation is suggested.

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Carleton’s annual International Festival, sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Life and International Student Programs, will take place Saturday, May 9 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sayles-Hill Great Space and Great Space Balcony. The colorful and spirited event is free and open to the public, although a three-dollar donation is suggested.

The International Festival is intended to celebrate the diversity that exists among the student body. This year’s theme—[PRO]FUSION—has a dual meaning for the organizers. The word profusion itself means abundance, but when read as pro-fusion, the word takes on a new meaning to support the fusion of cultures through performances, entertainment and food.

The event will feature international cuisine, music, performances, activities and information tables. There will be more than 50 countries represented at the festival, including cultural performances from Burma, Vietnam, Korea, South Africa and more. There will also be cuisine from Belize, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Malaysia, among others.

As a fundraiser for the Carleton Microfinance Club and campus chapter of Engineers Without Borders, postcards will be sold featuring photos taken by students on off-campus studies programs or from students’ international hometowns. Seventy percent of the proceeds will go to Engineers Without Borders and the remainder will go to the Microfinance Club.

For more information or disability accommodations, please contact Kristen Askeland, Administrative Assistant to Director of Intercultural Life, at (507) 222-4495.