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UIS to hold annual International Festival

October 14, 2003

SPRINGFIELD - The University of Illinois at Springfield will host its 26th annual International Festival beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, November 2, in the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. The theme for this year's festival is "A Taste of Cultures." Cultures from Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and even the United States will be highlighted. All events are open to the general public.

Each year, international students at UIS stage a celebration featuring traditional performances, exhibits, and food from their homelands. Jonathan GoldbergBelle, director of UIS' Office of International Affairs, notes, "To the best of our knowledge, this is the longest-running student-affiliated tradition on the UIS campus, and one of the most popular."

Entertainment, including songs, skits, and dances, will be presented from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Studio Theater, located in the lower level of the PAC.

From 6 to 8 p.m. in the adjacent Food Emporium, an "international bazaar" will feature food and cultural exhibits from around the world, including Thailand, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Bolivia, Korea, India, Africa, Russia, Japan, Poland, Germany, and Illinois.

The menu will present dishes such as jollof rice, Caribbean jerk chicken, alu gobi masala (a cauliflower/potato curry), hyderabadi biriyani (a rice dish from southern India), lahem mishwi (lamb shishkebab), kibbeh nayyeh (a middle eastern beef dish), picadinho (a Brazilian beef dish), tequenos, tamales, pulgogi (a Korean barbeque), and Chicago-style hotdogs, among many others.

Participating campus organizations include Model UN, Muslim Student Association, Office of International Affairs, Global Experience Program, SANKOFA, OLAS, and Descendants of Africa, as well as Springfield's Sister City Association.

Tickets to the festival include performances, exhibits, and food. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children over 6; UIS students and children under 6 are admitted free. Advance tickets are available at the UIS bursar's office on the lower level of the PAC; a limited number of tickets will also be available at the door.

The festival is sponsored by the UIS International Student Association and co-sponsored by UIS' Office of International Affairs. For more information, contact the office at (217) 206-6678.

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