November 05, 2008
By Brittney Meyer
Student Life Reporter
Photo by David Clary
Members of BAMF! practice their dance routine in preparation for the International Festival. (From front to back, left to right: Mohini, Christie, Michael, Priyanka, Vamsi, Pavan, Samarth, and Santosh.)
November brings about many events for UIS, but one particular and anticipated event is the 31st Annual International Festival. Usually held in January, the International Festival has been moved to Nov. 16 this year. This year's event takes place from 4-8 p.m. in the PAC.
The festival has a perfectly timed theme, "Harvest," celebrating the season much like Thanksgiving and Oktoberfest. The move to November is also to honor International Education week. The theme will be reflected throughout the acts, food, and entertainment.
Along with a unique theme, the new set up may also catch you eye. Every country around the world will be set up in different rooms in the PAC. Food, exhibits, entertainment, and artistic talent will be going continuously as people pass through each region of the world.
There will be a wide array of free food to sample in each room. Food will be donated by ethnic restaurants in the Springfield area, including, but not limited to, Carlo's O' Kelley's, Tasti Thai, and Palermo's Sicilian Cucina.
"The food was amazing last year; Its authentic, tasty, and definitely makes me want to come this year," state junior Demetrius Cruz.
Previous festivals have featured sights, sounds, food, and entertainment from various cultures around the globe. Clubs and schools around Springfield performed at last year's festival and hopefully this year's festival will have the same large turnout as last year.
For more information on this multicultural event, contact the Office of International Student Services at 217-206-6678.