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CSB hosts 13th annual Festival of Cultures Nov. 20



Many people dream of traveling the world. Saturday, Nov. 20, participants will have the chance to add new stamps to their passports as they circle the globe at the 13th annual Festival of Cultures at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University.

The festival, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at Clemens Field House, Haehn Campus Center at CSB, celebrates and recognizes the diversity at CSB and SJU through student performances, cultural displays, food sampling and a fashion show. The event is free and open to the public.

Student performances include a Middle Eastern belly dance, an Irish step dance, Chinese martial arts, a Trinidad and Tobago sailor dance, a Norwegian folk song played on the violin and a Hmong dance, just to name a few.

More than 30 countries will be represented at the cultural booths, including the Bahamas, Belize, China, Guyana, Iraq, Japan, Poland, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. Many of the presenters will come dressed in clothing native to their culture and serve samples of traditional cultural food.

There are approximately 250 international students attending CSB and SJU this semester, representing about 40 countries. The festival also includes U.S. students who have a strong affinity to other countries, as well as varying cultures within the U.S.

The Festival of Cultures will honor the CSB/SJU Year of Sustainability by using recyclable and compostable products.

The event is sponsored by the International Student Program Office at CSB and SJU, CSB Culinary Services, SJU Dining Services, Cultural Affairs Board, CSB Student Development, SJU Student Development and Archipelago Association.