Colorado State University Celebrates Cultural Diversity at World Unity Fair

Colorado State University will celebrate its diverse cultures on campus through the 59th Annual International Festival, also known as World Unity Fair, set for 3-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom.

“The World Unity Fair is visited by thousands of American university, high school and elementary school students and is a unique opportunity for them to learn about so many different lifestyles and world views through a direct contact with international students and groups,” said Marko Denic, a student organizer for the event.

This community-wide event unites more than 20 international groups within the Fort Collins and campus communities and celebrates a variety of unique customs, alluring tastes from around the world and entertainment and activities for all ages.

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

Youth World Tour, 3-5 p.m.: Activities for children, including cultural trivia, origami, building gingerbread houses and the Chinese yo-yo.
International Bazaar, 3-8 p.m.: Purchase international gifts and collectibles for the holidays to benefit the Fort Collins International Center.
Food and culture booths, 5-9 p.m.: Experience the tastes and sights of international cultures. Food items include dumplings, pad Thai, flan, Badam Milk, Takoyaki and more.
World Talent Show, 6-9 p.m.: Dancing, singing and acting from around the world will be performed in the LSC Theatre.

Activities are free, except for food and artifact purchases. Food tickets are available from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at the LSC Center ticket office.

CSU celebrates these events as part of national International Education Week, a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. The proclamation, signed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, is observed Nov. 12-16 to promote and celebrate international education and exchange.

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

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