International Programs Center Newsworthy
Volume XIV, Number 6, May 2005
T h e 2 3 r d A n n u a l I n t e r n a t i o n a l F e s t i v a l w a s S p e c t a c u l a r !
The day began early with student volunteers arriving at the Fountain Plaza to help unload the supplies. Not long afterwards, the tents of the ‘Global Village’ began springing up. As the country booth representatives arrived with decorations and educational information to share with visitors, one might have mistaken these booths for small embassies with only the friendliest of ambassadors. Country flags flapped in the wind, world music filled the air, and the aromas of various ethnic foods made mouths water.
At 11:45 am, a faint drumming could be heard far in the distance, as a sparkling line of marching musicians Exchange student, Emma
Chancellor Sullivan enjoys a Korean bobbed up over the hill. UNCG’s own Spartan Forc
treat with INTERLINK student, Sang Hyun Chi
Marching Band, brought more than forty-five of its members to the front of the Atrium and started the
Howes prepares Marmite sandwiches for visitors to the United Kingdom booth
day with a bang. Nearly every fifteen minutes
afterwards, a different entertainer was on the stage with presentations ranging from Sudanese Cane Dancers to physics defying Martial Artists. An audience favorite were the Indian Dancers who energized the crowd with the sounds of Punjabi. Towards the end of the day we also had surprise performances including Turkish Belly Dance and African Drumming.
Exchange student, Beril Gundogdu stands proudly in front of the Turkey booth
In all, the I-Fest was an enormous success. More than 200 UNCG students including nine student organizations participated and over 3000 community members attended. This year we also had additional countries represented and included two new vendors. We look forward to next year’s I-Fest, which will be held on April 22.
Degree-seeking students Louis Marechal (Belgium), Nantida Jirurawong (Thailand), and Tien-Chun Chen (Taiwan) enjoy I-Fest
UNCG’s Spartan Force Marching Band provides an exciting show
Exchange students, Maria Cota and Ricardo Estrada decorate the Mexico booth