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International Folk Fair cultural celebration slated for Oct. 30

RELEASED: Oct. 19, 2011

Folk Fair

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the 2011 International Folk Fair from noon-4 p.m. Oct. 30 in Davies Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The International Folk Fair — the largest international festival of its kind in the area — will bring the community together in celebration of culture. The event offers an enriching cultural and educational experience.

Participants can sample foods from around the world, experience the history and languages of other cultures, and be entertained by international performers.

Stark Scandinavian Singers will perform songs from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland. The Irish Dance Club also will provide entertainment.

Students, faculty, staff and community members that represent more than 40 different countries/cultures will participate in the fair. Many community and campus organizations will provide cultural exhibits during the annual event.

Countries/regions represented in the 2011 event include:

  • Baltic states.
  • Britain (United Kingdom).
  • Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  • Egypt.
  • Gulf countries.
  • Indonesia.
  • Ireland.
  • Lebanon.
  • Mexico.
  • Mongolia.
  • Pakistan.
  • Philippines.
  • Scandinavia.
  • Thailand.
  • Vietnam.

Organizations and groups that will participate in the event include:

  • AIESEC.
  • Chinese Cultural Association.
  • Chinese Culture Club.
  • Chippewa Valley Museum.
  • Center for International Education Host Friend Program.
  • Eau Claire Irish Dance.
  • German Club.
  • Hmong Student Association.
  • Japanese Cultural Society.
  • Jewish and Israeli Culture.
  • Korean Student Association.
  • Latin American Sustainability, Education and Development.
  • Malaysia Abroad Diversified.
  • Model United Nations.
  • Native American Student Association.
  • Return Peace Corps Volunteers of Chippewa Valley.
  • Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish honor society).
  • Spanish Business Association.
  • Uganda: Okora Sustainable Community Project.
  • UNICEF — UW-Eau Claire chapter.
  • Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners.

For more information, contact Maria Carvalho at 715-836-4411 or carvalmc@uwec.edu.

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JT/JB/DW

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