UW-Eau Claire International Folk Fair set for April 30

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the 2017 International Folk Fair from noon to 4 p.m. April 30 in UW-Eau Claire’s Davies Center. The event is free and open to the public.

One of the largest cultural celebrations in the Chippewa Valley, the International Folk Fair celebrates cultural diversity while bringing together the community for an educational and enriching experience.

The fair will have a new theme this year, focusing on global music. Dan Newton’s Café Accordion Orchestra will perform throughout the day. Attendees can learn about song, dance, rhythm, lyrics and musical instruments from all around the world. They also can learn about the language and history of other cultures and enjoy entertainment from the many participating groups.

Following are organizations and countries that will be represented during this year's International Folk Fair:

  • Israel                                                          
  • Ager Association
  • Children's Museum
  • Host Friend
  • Altoona Masjid
  • Two to Tango
  • Scandinavia
  • Sons of Norway
  • Chippewa Valley Museum
  • Peace Core
  • Nicaragua
  • Czech Rep/Slovakia
  • Baha'is of Eau Claire
  • Peanut Butter and Gypsy (belly dancing)
  • Japanese Cultural Society
  • Chinese Culture Club
  • German Club
  • Latvia
  • Russia
  • Malaysian Abroad Diversified
  • Le Salon Français
  • Korean Students Association
  • College Feminists
  • Burma/Myanmar
  • Samulnori (Korean Drumming)
  • Bistra Voda (World Music)

For more information, contact Shu Cheng in UW-Eau Claire’s Center for International Education at shucheng@uwec.edu.

Photo caption: UW-Eau Claire’s International Folk Fair is one of the largest cultural celebrations in the Chippewa Valley.