Culture flourishes abound at International Festival

The parade of flags ended at the fountain. Photo by Bayleigh Davis.

The midday air was hot but didn’t stop hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members from enjoying a day of cultural exploration.

Western Carolina University hosted the 34th Annual International Festival (I-Fest) on April 11.

Different events were scattered throughout the day beginning with a drum presentation. Other musical presentations included a Javanese gamelan music performance by the WCU Low Tech Ensemble, a Sri Lanka and Indian musical performance and a performance by the WCU Jazz Ensemble.

The festival included 32 different event, information and craft tables sponsored by on-campus and off-campus organizations, including the Saudi Student Club, WCU Study Abroad, the International Student Exchange Program, Peace-Jam Jamaica and Korean Culture and Info.

Students from other cultures were able to participate in the parade of flags. The parade stated at the WCU Alumni Tower shortly after noon and ended in a “Harlem Shake” surrounding the fountain.

Students from Bryson City Mountain Discovery Charter School explored the cultural options of Western Carolina University and sold baskets for $30.

More information about international programs and services at Western Carolina University can be found on the Office of International Programs and Services website.