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Annual UW-Eau Claire International
Folk Fair to Be Held Nov. 4

RELEASED: Oct. 26, 2007

International Folk Fair logoEAU CLAIRE — Davies Center will once again be transformed into a miniature world with many nationalities and groups proudly displaying their cultures at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's International Folk Fair, to be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4.

The Folk Fair, which is coordinated by the Center for International Education at UW-Eau Claire, is the largest international festival of its kind in the area. Serving as a cultural exchange between exhibitors and visitors to the fair, it includes educational activities for children, live music, colorful cultural exhibits, dancing, art and craft displays, history, language, culture and a variety of ethnic food.

Fair participants will be given "passports" to be stamped as they "travel" from country to country. For every seven countries visited, guests will receive a ticket for prize drawings to be held at 2 and 4 p.m. in Davies Theatre. Prizes are donated by businesses in the Eau Claire community.

Past attendees have called the Folk Fair an enlightening experience, noting both the quality of the exhibits as well as the pleasure of seeing so many people from different cultures working together to make the fair happen.

Polish accordion music will be played in the Davies Center West Lobby. Klezmazel, a local Gypsy music band, will be featured in The Cabin. The West African Music Society will be returning in the entrance to The Terrace cafeteria to add their African drumming rhythms to the fair. The entertainment stage in Davies Theatre will host a variety of performers, including the Bistra Voda International Folk Dancers; The Joey Johnson Band, featuring traditional Bavarian music; the music of Norden Folk Spelmanslag; Native American Drums and Dancers; and the UW-Eau Claire Gospel Choir.

Organizations being represented include the Baltic Student Organization, Student Organization of Latinas/Latinos, Chinese Culture Association, African Student Association, German Club, Hmong Student Association, Jewish Student Association, Le Salon Francais, Latin American Studies Club, UNICEF, Japanese Cultural Society, Korean Student Association, Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners, West African Music Society, World Cultural Center, Spanish Business Association, Association of International Students, Native American Student Association and many more.

The fair is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bryan Stempka in the Center for International Education at 715-836-4411 or stempkbm@uwec.edu.

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