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UW-Eau Claire's Annual Folk Fair Set for Oct. 26 in Davies Center

RELEASED: Oct. 15, 2008

International Folk Fair imageEAU 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-4 p.m. Oct. 26.

The Folk Fair, which is coordinated by the Center for International Education, 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 p.m. 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 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.

Entertainment includes community and student groups presenting their musical talents, which include, but are not limited to, traditional dancing, vocal performances in native languages and instrumental performances on native instruments.

Cultural groups and organizations being represented include the Baltic Student Organization, Student Organization of Latinos/as, Chinese Cultural Association, African Student Association, German Club, Hmong Student Association, Jewish Student Association, Le Salon Francais, Latin American Studies Club, UNICEF, Sigma Delta Pi, Japanese Cultural Society, AIESEC, United Nations, Korean Student Association, Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners, West African Music Society, World Cultural Center, Association of International Students, Native American Student Association, Amnesty International and Culture Talk: WUEC 89.7 FM. Countries represented include Scandinavia, Nepal, Czech Republic/Slovakia, Uzbekistan, Tunisia, Brazil, Bolivia, Romania/Moldova, Mongolia, United Kingdom, United Kingdom, and many more.

The fair is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Krista Brown in the Center for International Education at 715-836-4411 or brownkri@uwec.edu.

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