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See the World at International Festival

040611Headline_iFestThink globally but visit the nations of the world locally during the 29th annual International Festival, to be held noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 16, on campus.

A special fundraiser will be held to provide aid for the victims of Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. The day’s attractions also include performances of Japanese Taiko drumming, Middle Eastern belly dancing, Latin American dance, Indian traditional dance and various singing groups.

All events are free and open to the public.

The event will be held at the fountain area outside the Dining Hall.  More than 50 countries and organizations will be represented with booths in the festival’s Global Village staffed with people who will share information about the food, culture, topography, music and history of various nations. In the case of rain, the event will be moved to the Health and Human Performance Building.

I-Fest gives students and visitors a way to experience the world without leaving home, said Michael Elliott, director of international student and scholar services for the International Programs Center.

“UNCG’s international students, who are an important component of internationalizing the campus and community, are happy to educate the UNCG and greater Greensboro Community about their countries and cultures,” Elliott said. “The I-Fest is a fun and engaging way of bringing people together from all over the world.”

The event also highlights UNCG’s diversity. About 350 international students choose to study here each year, Elliott said. Another 100 Interlink Language Center students and 200 exchange students are on campus studying from some 75 foreign nations.

For more information on the International Festival, visit www.uncg.edu/ipg or call 4-5404.

By Steve Gilliam
Photograph by David Wilson