Colorado State University Celebrates Cultural Diversity with World Unity Fair and International Fest

Colorado State University will celebrate diverse cultures on campus with the 54th annual International Fest, a month-long observation of different cultures. The event will culminate with the World Unity Fair from 3-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Lory Student Center main ballrooms.

This community-wide event unites more than 20 international culture and country groups at the university and within the Fort Collins community and celebrates a variety of unique customs and tastes from around the world. Entertainment and activities for all ages will be provided.

The World Unity Fair demonstrates the importance of cultural diversity and international relations while promoting a message of tolerance through entertainment and education. Events and activities include:

– Youth World Tour from 3-4 p.m.: Activities for children including folk dancing, Henna painting, African drumming and magic.

– International Bazaar from 4-7:30 p.m.: Purchase international gifts and collectibles just in time for the holidays to benefit the Fort Collins International Center.

– Food and culture booths from 4:30-8 p.m.: Experience the tastes and sights of international cultures.

– World Talent Show from 6-8:30 p.m.: Dancing, singing and martial arts will be performed in the Lory Student Center Theater.

Activities are free, except for food and artifact purchases. Food tickets are available at the Lory Student Center ticket office from 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.

November highlights international education awareness month. Highlighted events in this celebration include guest speakers, Native American awareness month activities, international films, India Night, HIV/AIDS awareness film and candle light vigil, discussions and cultural performances.

Colorado State celebrates these events as part of the national International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, observed Nov. 12-16 to promote and celebrate international education and exchange.

International Fest is sponsored in part by the Office of International Programs, Associated Students of Colorado State University, the Council for International Student Affairs, the Fort Collins International Center, Lory Student Center, Colorado State University and other campus organizations and departments.

For more information, contact Jenn Christ, International Programs Office at Laurel Hall, at (970) 491-5917 or or visit the Web at