MAILED: Sept. 26, 2000
The International Folk Fair will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, in Davies Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The fair, which is coordinated by the Center for International Education, will include representation from 38 countries, ethnic groups and organizations.
Some groups will involve visitors in arts and crafts projects and games from the representative culture, and others will give presentations and hold discussions on topics related to different cultures. Food also will be available for purchase.
Each group will have a booth or a room, and visitors to the fair will be given "passports." Visitors will travel from room to room to learn about each culture. After experiencing a room, visitors will earn a stamp in their passports. After seven stamps have been collected, visitors will be permitted to add their names to a drawing for prizes donated by local businesses.
The entertainment stage in Davies Theatre will host a variety of performers. Flamenco dancers from Hauser Artists in Minneapolis will perform from 12:30 to 12:55 p.m. and from 1:45 to 2:10 p.m. Throughout the afternoon, the stage will feature Hmong songs and dances, West African drumming, Baltic folk dances and Japanese dances.
The fair is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Center for International Education, (715) 836-4411.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 26, 2000