||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
International Folk Fair|
Set for Nov. 1
MAILED: Oct. 23, 1998|
An International Folk Fair will be held Nov. 1 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to recognize the traditions and cultures of more than 30 countries.
The fair will run from noon to 5 p.m. in Davies Center, offering ethnic food, arts and crafts, language lessons, music and more.
The event is intended to educate the public about different cultures and to give international students, ethnic groups and foreign language clubs a chance to share their knowledge, said Fay Bobb, co-coordinator of the fair and program assistant in the Center for International Education.
"This is a perfect way to learn about different countries," Bobb said. "There will be a miniature world on campus for a day."
The campus and community organizations and groups will be housed in different rooms throughout Davies Center, allowing visitors to travel from one culture to another. "Passports" will be distributed at each entrance to the building and will be stamped after participants learn something about the country or culture they visit. After seven stamps are collected, participants will be eligible for a drawing with prizes donated from Eau Claire area businesses.
Examples of cultures represented are Australian students who will feature photos, aboriginal paintings and a video, Russian students who will display handicrafts, pictures and a slide show and African students who will display pieces of their heritage and offer food and tea.
Several groups, including the Hmong Student Association and the German Club, will perform dancing and folk music during the afternoon on a main stage in the East Blugold Lobby.
The fair is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bobb at the UW-Eau Claire Center for International Education at (715) 836-4411.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 23, 1998