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CU celebrates 21st International Festival
Thousands of people from the Boulder Community gathered at the University Memorial Center this past weekend to attend CU’s 21st International Festival.
CU-student Anthony Hull said, “To bring it all in one night it’s a great thing, and getting to know other peoples’ cultures is a valuable thing.”
The International Festival Committee spent all year saving up funds in hopes of exposing the Boulder community with an international perspective. In order to provide the community with a fun educational night, each year the committee tries to book as many different countries as they can. Each country is represented either by international students from that specific country or faculty members.
“The international festival, you can say, is like a fusion of all cultures in one place. There is food and displays of all the cultures and live performances,” said Kaustubh Chilwarwar, a CU-student and active member of the International Festival Committee.
The festival not only provided a learning opportunity for the community but it also gave international students a night to feel at home.
“So we planned this one day just to make all the people of all the countries feel at home for one day,” said Kaustubh Chilwarwar.
Twenty-eight booths representing twenty-eight countries were featured along with over fifteen performances. Each booth provided guests with unique cuisine platters and fun activities aimed to help teach the community a little about each culture.
For six hours, the Boulder community was able to both see and taste the essence of various cultures all in one special evening.