Colorful, cultural and collegial — these are all appropriate descriptors for the recent International Festival organized by the International Student Association and the Center for International Programs at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU).
Hundreds of people from throughout the Quad-City area and campus communities enjoyed an enriching late afternoon of multiple ethnic foods, entertainment, cultural displays and exhibits and interactive activities. The festival filled the ERAU Activity Center on Feb. 24.
With more than 200 international students from 35 counties attending ERAU, the annual event is intended to create cultural exchanges among students and the campus community and the greater Prescott population.
“We’re proud of the festival these students organize,” said Dean of Students Larry Stephens. “We’re all the better because of their enthusiasm for sharing their native traditions and heritage.”
Those attending were able to wander through buffet lines and sample a variety of international foods. Additionally, they saw dozens of international students in their native attire singing and dancing. Still others were sharing travel information about their home countries.
Admission to the festival was free, but many who attended made contributions that went to the International Student Association.