ABERDEEN, S.D. – On Friday, Nov. 1, you can travel the globe without leaving Aberdeen.
At the third annual Culturefest, you’ll feast on foods from faraway lands, watch Aberdeen’s first Parade of Cultures and even participate in a free Zumba demonstration. This celebration of our community’s cultural diversity is taking place in the NSU Barnett Center in two sessions: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30-8 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for students in grades 1-12, and free for children under 6.
Thirty-five booths, featuring organizations from on and off campus, will be located around Wachs Arena. Countries represented will include South Korea, China, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Germany, Bangladesh, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Israel, Egypt, Palestine, India, Serbia, Jamaica and the Bahamas.
Attendees can sample a variety of delectable dishes, including Serbian chocolate-covered banana candy; Arabic coffee, desserts and dates; traditional German kuchen; and good old American (mini) apple pies. South Dakota wild game, including pheasant and deer, also will be available at the evening session.
The new, Olympic-style Parade of Cultures kicks off the second session at 5:30 p.m. Representatives of various countries will wear authentic cultural dress and march into the Barnett Center carrying the flags of their nations.
For the first time, NSU education majors will offer a multicultural story time with activities for children from preschool to early elementary. This activity will be offered only during the evening session.
Entertainment for the first session starts at 10:15 a.m. and includes NANTA, a Korean drum group; a Chinese dance performance; IMPACT, a Korean dance group; a Saudi student group dance; a taekwondo demonstration; an Israeli dance routine; a Palestinian folk dance; an Indian dance; and a free Zumba session.
Entertainment for the second session starts at 5:15 p.m. and includes a strings performance, a Polynesian dance group, NANTA; a Chinese dance performance, IMPACT, an Israeli dance routine, a Palestinian folk dance and an Indian dance.
Hundreds of high school students enrolled in classes through NSU’s Center for Statewide E-learning
are expected to attend the first session. All are welcome to attend either session.
Before you go, test your knowledge of the countries that will be represented at Culturefest with this online quiz: http://ow.ly/pLbVt
For more information on Culturefest, or to get involved, contact Stacey Schmidt at 605-626-7672 or firstname.lastname@example.org