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April 12: 2015 Mankato Area International Festival

Event, free and open to the public, will showcase "a kaleidoscope of cultures."

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-8-2015

Mankato, Minn. – The foods, music, dances and customs of dozens of nations can be experienced at the 39th annual Mankato Area International Festival, Sunday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Minnesota State University, Mankato Centennial Student Union. Admission, entertainment and parking are free.

Highlights of this year’s festival include an unprecedented five international performance groups bringing unique music and dance forms to Mankato.

This year the highlight of the festival will include five international performance groups bringing unique music and dance forms to Mankato. The five groups are Bato!, a Marimba ensemble from Breck School in Golden Valley, Minn.; Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue, an traditional Aztec dance company from Minneapolis; Greg Herriges, a Minneapolis guitar and bouzouki artist performing an eclectic mix of global music; the St. Paul Czech and Slovak Dancers; and the New Ulm Concord Singers, a German-language male chorus.

The colorful flag parade opens the festival at 11 a.m., followed by continuous performances on three stages. International student groups and area restaurants will sell a wide variety of international foods. Other attractions include Children’s and Teens World, a silent auction, and the new International Bazaar with traditional cultural items from many nations, in keeping with this year’s theme – A Kaleidoscope of Cultures.

Free parking is available next to the Centennial Student Union, in the large parking lot directly in front of the student union’s main south entrance, and at several other designated campus parking lots.

For more information, visit the festival website at or call the Kearney International Center at 507-389-1281.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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