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April 14: International Festival
37th annual event on campus for second consecutive year.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-2-2013
Mankato, Minn. – The tastes, sights, sounds, and ideas of people from dozens of nations will come together at the 2013 Mankato Area International Festival. The 37th annual event, themed “Passport to Discovery,” is back for a second straight year in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union, on Sunday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Highlights this year include more international food and cultural vendors than ever before, a new global film compendium, and a new cafe and dessert bar featuring drinks and desserts from around the world. The family-friendly event also offers Children’s and Teen’s World, a silent auction, and three professional cultural performance groups in addition to continuous entertainment from international student groups. As in previous years, admission and entertainment are free, and special free parking is available curbside and in the parking lot adjacent to the student union.
Minnesota State Mankato Faculty Emeritus and world traveler Gladys Olson will be honored as this year's Kuhn Lee festival grand marshal. Olson was instrumental in the establishment of the Mankato Area International Festival and a scholarship for international students at Minnesota State Mankato, and will be present for the opening ceremony. A flag parade led for the first time by a Scottish bagpiper will culminate in the CSU Hearth Lounge, where a traditional American Indian smudging ceremony will open the celebration at 11 a.m.
A grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund allows the festival to offer more professional performers than before, according to festival organizer Kyle Goodfellow. Ethnic Dance Theatre, Mu Daiko Japanese Drumming Group, and Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre are scheduled to appear at various times throughout the day on one of two entertainment stages.
The Mankato Area International Festival is one of Minnesota’s largest annual intercultural events, drawing an estimated 4,000 people to Minnesota State Mankato. For more information, go to www.mankatointlfestival.com or call the Kearney International Center at 507-389-1281.
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.