Attending Global Festival is a great way to celebrate international diversity among MSU and the local community. Global Festival is an annual event, co-sponsored by several on and off-campus entities, showcasing Community Volunteer for International Programs (CVIP) and OISS as the main organizers. This huge event houses multiple traditions, notably, the cultural fashion and talent shows, exhibition booths, international cuisine, and an international gift shop. With these different settings all hosted in one building, attendees get to experience a variety of events that display several international cultures.
My favorite part is the exhibition booths. Several national and cultural student organizations represent a variety of countries by hosting exhibition booths with interactive displays and activities from their countries. Some of them may feature marriage rituals while others may bring cultural games to entertain children—Global Festival is a huge attraction for kids from the local community.
The fashion and talent shows allow MSU students and local community members to entertain the audience with dances, cultural songs, and traditional arts among other things. Last year, there was a Korean drum performance, Brazilian Capoeira, traditional Indian dances, an Argentinean singer, Chinese calligraphy, and martial artists, just to name a few. In addition, Global Festival gives those who attend the opportunity to try traditional dishes from different international backgrounds; this is probably the favorite section among attendees. This collaborative event also includes a gift shop. MSU faculty, staff, and local community members donate cultural goods to be sold at very reasonable prices. The money profited at the gift shop is donated toward the international student’s spouse scholarship fund.
Check out this year’s Annual Global Festival on Sunday, November 11th at the newly renovated MSU Union! The event is taking place all day! You don’t want to miss it!!
Mark Chung Kwan Fan is a second-year international graduate student from the island of Mauritius. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Student Affairs and Administration at MSU’s College of Education. His interests vary from Latin American culture to student affairs in the context of international education. Mark also serves as Orientation Intern at the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS).