Event Details

  • March 29, 2020
  • 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Free


  • WMU - Bernhard Center
  • 1816 W Michigan Ave
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Event Description

Take a trip around the world—without leaving Michigan—to enjoy some of the music, foods, fashions and traditional dances of many cultures by attending Western Michigan University’s 30th Annual International Festival. The 2020 festival is scheduled for Sunday, March 29 on the second floor of the Bernhard Center from 4 to 8 p.m. A popular event since 1989, the annual event provides almost 5,000 students and community members the chance to experience food, culture and fashion from around the world through booth displays and performances brought to life by WMU cultural RSO’s. With over 1,800 international students on campus from more than 100 countries, International Festival is a celebration of diversity at WMU, and an opportunity for participating students to celebrate their cultural heritage. “Society today is global and WMU fostering that sentiment for 30 years now is very impressive. This University embraces diversity every day,” said Augusto Domínguez, member of the Dominican Student Organization. Admission to International Festival is free, and for a nominal fee, attendees may taste traditional cuisine from around the world prepared by international students with assistance from WMU Dining Services. The Western Student Association will be accepting non-perishable food items on behalf of the Invisible Need Project in exchange for food tickets. WMU's 2019 International Festival is organized by the Haenicke Institute for Global Education's International Student Activities office and is co-sponsored by the Western Student Association, the Campus Activities Board and the Invisible Needs Project.

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