WPI's Cultural Festival is an Opportunity to See the World

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

WORCESTER, Mass. - Imagine topping off next week's spring vacation with a trip around the world! Imagine seeing countries and cultures you've only dreamed about without the hustle and bustle (and expense) of a family trip. WPI's Cultural Festival from 10 a .m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, is the perfect place to learn about the heritage and history of other lands_and everything is free!

The festival, which is sponsored by WPI's International Student Council, will be held in Harrington Auditorium.. Mayor Raymond Mariano has proclaimed April 26 Cultural Festival Day in Worcester in honor of the event. City Councilor Janice Nadeau will read the proclamation at 11 a.m. "Fifty-five countries are represented on our campus," says Tom Thomsen, associate dean of student life and the university's international student advisor. "We are celebrating the eleventh year of the Cultural Festival with the largest number of exhibits e ver with participants from the WPI community and from Worcester schools and organizations. There is something for everyone of every age to enjoy." Visitors may sample the foods of other nations; watch dancers kick up their heels or glide gracefully across the floor as they do in Trinidad or Vietnam; see demonstrations of Tae Kwon Do and traditional Japanese sword-fighting ; and have their names writ ten in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew or Japanese.

WPI administrators, faculty, staff and undergraduate and graduate students will represent the Asian Society, Hillel, the Black Student Union and the Chinese, Hispanic, Japanese, Korean, Muslim, Turkish and Vietnamese student associations, as well as the following countries: Albania, Cyprus, France, Germany, Italy and Norway. Here is a glimpse at some of the highlights of the Cultural Festival:

  • Tae Kwon Do Demonstrations at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.
  • Vietnamese students from South High Community School will perform two dances, including the traditional Fan Dance, at 1 p.m.
  • Japanese students will demonstrate a Tea Ceremony
  • Dances: Members of the Black Student Union will perform a dance from Trinidad; members of the Hispanic Student Association will demonstrate a merengue;
  • Food: French students will prepare crepes
  • T-shirts and coffee mugs will be sold by the International Student Council

For more information, call the Student Life Office at 831-5201, e-mail isc@wpi.edu.