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Global Diversity Celebrated at Florida Tech’s International Fest

Global Diversity Celebrated at Florida Tech’s International Fest

Public Welcome at Daylong Event Feb. 16

From Africa to Korea, Saudi Arabia to Taiwan, the world’s cultures, foods and traditions will be celebrated at Florida Institute of Technology’s 13th Annual International Festival from noon to 5pm Saturday, Feb. 16, on the university’s outdoor Panther Plaza.

The festival is open to the public. It will be held in the Clemente Center if it rains.

Through performances, food and hands-on experiences, attendees will experience the rich cultural variety that enlivens both the university – home to students from more than 100 countries – and the broader Space Coast community.

There will be a variety of performances starting at noon, with Florida Tech’s all faculty rock band TWITCHY kicking things off. Other groups to perform include the Shik Shak Belly Dance Club, Florida Tech student associations from Africa, the Caribbean, Oman, India, Latin America, Saudi Arabia, the Florida Tech Swing Dance Club, many cultural performers from the community including Irish Step Dancing, Grecian Dancers, and accordion music by Klaus Kolb.

Many of those associations, as well as other Florida Tech and community groups, will present cultural displays. Participating groups include the Brazilian, Iraqi, Omani, United Arab Emirates, Jordanian and many other university and community cultural groups.

The festival will include a variety of global arts & crafts vendors selling goods from around the globe. Food vendors at the festival will be ARC’s Ice Cream Truck, Hazel’s Caribbean Restaurant, Habanero Grill Mexican Restaurant, Taal Indian Restaurant, Le Crave serving French style crepes, La Estancia Colombian Restaurant, Bangkok Thai Restaurant, Old School Pizza and Falafel Stop Mediterranean Restaurant.

The festival will also feature several children’s activities, including bounce houses, face painting, and the popular Passport to the World program. This free activity encourages children of all ages to visit different cultural displays to learn something unique about the many countries and cultures represented at the festival. 

Sponsors of the 13th Annual International Festival are the Florida Tech Office of International Student and Scholar Services, WFIT 89.5, and the Florida Tech Office of Business and Retail Operations.

For more information about the festival, call 321-674-8053, or email isss@fit.edu.

 

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