Event organizers preview Culturefest on WABI

Sarah Joughin, assistant director of the Office of International Programs at the University of Maine; and Antonia Carroll, president of the International Student Association at UMaine, visited the studio of WABI (Channel 5) to talk about the 29th annual Culturefest. Both organizations will host the celebration of cultures from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 in the New Balance Student Recreation Center. Culturefest will feature international cultural exhibits, food, children’s activities, a style show and performances. “It’s a really great time for students — whether their international, multicultural background or local — to showcase what they’re capable of besides just getting good grades at school,” Carroll said. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. “So much of what we know about the world is from the news and typically is pretty negative, so this a chance for families to get really positive interactions with students,” Joughin said. “And learn that really we’re more alike than we are different.”