October 30, 2013
The 16th annual Festival of Cultures will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Clemens Field House, Haehn Campus Center, College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn.
Festival of Cultures celebrates and recognizes the diversity at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University through student performances, cultural displays, food sampling and a fashion show. The event is free and open to the public.
Festival of Cultures 2012 had 39 booths and featured student performances-traditional African, Bahamian, Chinese, Ethiopian, Filipino, Hmong, Indian, Japanese and Vietnamese dances, as well as Latino and Vietnamese songs.
This year, 35 cultures will be represented at 35 booths including Bahamas, Belize, Chile, China, Ethiopia, 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.
The festival also includes students from the United States who have strong affinity to other countries, as well as varying cultures within the U.S. It is sponsored by the Intercultural and International Student Services Office.