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UIS presents 28th annual international festival "Spirit of Diversity"

October 13, 2005

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield will host its 28th annual International Festival, “Spirit of Diversity,” from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, October 30. The festival features cultural performances in Sangamon Auditorium, located in the Public Affairs Center, from 4 to 6 p.m. and a cultural bazaar with exhibits and food booths in the Food Emporium, located in the lower level of the PAC, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Countries, clubs, and organizations that will be represented include Argentina; Bolivia; Chile; China; Columbia; El Salvador; France; Germany; India; Japan; Mexico; Panama; Philippines; Poland; Russia; the UIS Muslim Student Association, Cricket Club, Drum Circle, and International Studies program; the Sister City Association of Springfield; and the Springfield Commission on International Visitors of the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. Information on the 2006 Global Experience Study Abroad Programs coordinated through UIS’ Office of International Affairs will also be available.

Entertainment will feature dances including Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, Reggaeton, and Indian and Japanese dances; piano pieces from the Philippines; drumming by members of the UIS Drum Circle; skits from the Muslim Student Association and the Indian Student Organization; and an all-festival fashion show.

A partial menu of ethnic dishes that will be available includes Mechado (a beef dish), Chicken and Pork Adobo and Embutido; Pinakbet (a vegetable dish); Pancit Canton (a noodle/pasta dish); Cuchinta, Maja Blanca, and Leche Flan (all desserts); Cactus Salad; Tvorozhniky, Pelmeni, and Kozinaki from Russia; Chinese whole fish with black bean sauce and red pepper dipping sauce; Harira (Moroccan soup); Mosaka’a (Syrian eggplant casserole); Arabic shrimp and rice; beef in yogurt sauce from Malaysia; French bread with cheese; Nikudofu (tofu steak from Japan); and Carrot Halwa from India.

Tickets -- which include exhibits, food, and performances -- are $10 for the general public or $5 for students and children (age 6 and under are free). UIS students with an ID are admitted free.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the UIS bursar’s office, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center, phone 206-6738. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

For more information, call the UIS Office of International Affairs at 206-6678 or go to www.uis.edu/internationalaffairs/festival/htm.


    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.