Alcorn Multicultural Festival Seeks University, Community Involvement
“Students enjoy all things international at a past Multicultural Festival”
Plans are underway for the annual Alcorn State University Office of Global Programs Multicultural Festival. The University family and residents of surrounding communities are invited to play an active role in making this the best festival ever, states Dr. Dovi Alipoe, Office of Global Programs director.
Whether you are an international faculty or student, or you just have an infatuation with a particular country or culture you want to see displayed, we invite you to get involved!
The festival will be held on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the James. L Bolden Student Union Ballroom. Displays can be set up Monday, March 28 from 1 to 4 p.m., or Tuesday, March 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. Estimated number of attendees 220-300 people.
“It is our goal this year to ensure the displays for each country are truly representative and informative,” says Dr. Dovi. “We are looking for people who have the passion, creativity and a willing spirit to help us take the festival to new heights. Remember, this event is designed to engage both the campus and surrounding communities and we want excellence to shine through!”
“This year’s theme is ‘Dancing Together Under One Sky,’ says Margaret “Peggi” Wolfe, global programs specialist. “The festival highlights the importance of dance in cultures throughout the world. There will be performances, a fashion show, exhibits, displays and various international foods for the festival goers to enjoy!”
The International and Multicultural Student Organization, faculty and staff will begin the festival with a parade of flags commencing in front of the Office of Global Programs and ending at the student union ballroom. This year’s festival will highlight Latin America with keynote performances by La Quinta Del Lobo, a Columbian award-winning artist company.
The artists will present a program titled, Cuentos de la Mangleria (Mangrove Tales). In the performance, La Quinta del Lobo will explore their lasting memories, discuss myths, legends, dances and music. The performance will encompass a video and lights that will form luxurious, mutant and dynamic landscapes and scenarios. Following the performance, the La Quinta Del Lobo’s cast of artists will mingle with the audience.
Attendees will, also, be allowed to view exhibits, displays, and artifacts representing various countries and cultures.
The fun-filled festival is free and open to the public. In addition to the Office of Global Programs, the event is sponsored by the University Multicultural Festival Committee, International and Multicultural Student Organization and Mississippi Cultural Crossroads.