The 50th annual International Fair at Illinois State University will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, February 22, in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Hosted by the United International Association (UIA), the event provides the Bloomington-Normal community with a unique exposition featuring food, music, and entertainment from around the world. Visitors will be able to sample and purchase a variety of ethnic foods and snacks throughout the day.
Approximately 25 student groups and community organizations will host country- and region-specific displays and booths featuring a variety of clothing, artwork, and cultural artifacts. Performances of traditional music and dance will take place on the main stage from student and community performers.
“The International Fair is an incredible tradition for our international student organizations,” said Assistant Director for International Studies and Programs Matt Schwab. “It gives the international students who are here an opportunity to educate our community about different aspects of their home country or culture, and gives domestic students who may not otherwise be able to travel or go abroad an opportunity to immerse themselves in something unique and different.”
Those who need special accommodations to participate can contact the Office of International Studies and Programs at (309) 438-1436.