Culturefest to Showcase International Students’ Homeland Traditions

Contacts: Sarah Joughin, 581-3423

ORONO – The University of Maine will hold its 22nd Culturefest Saturday, Nov. 7, a festival of cultural exhibits, traditional singing, dancing, clothing and cuisine from around the world.

Held annually in the UMaine Field House from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Culturefest attracts more than 1,000 visitors from campus and from communities across Maine. It is sponsored by the UMaine Office of International Programs and provides UMaine’s international students a showcase for their talents and traditions from as many as 70 countries and cultures from around the world.

Culturefest is free and open to the public.

Members of the UMaine International Student Association will serve traditional homeland cuisine in the food court area from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for a small donation. Students also will perform a talent show, a fashion show, and have information tables with maps, flags and cultural items. The event will offer activities for children.

The festival is a unique opportunity to meet with hundreds of international students anxious to discuss cultures and customs from their home communities in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. It is the largest event of its kind in the state.

For more information about the 22nd annual Culturefest, contact the UMaine Office of International Programs at (207) 581-2905 or visit the Culturefest Web page here.

Supporters of the event include the Office of International Programs, International Students Association, Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series, Student Government, Division of Student Affairs and Residents on Campus.