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UNM’s Global Education Office (GEO) has set Thursday, April 13 as the date for its incredibly popular International Festival. This will be in partnership with ASUNM Student Special Events (SSE).

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The 2023 International Festival will feature hundreds of cultural clubs, student and community groups and local vendors at Cornell Mall east from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a fashion show, food trucks and singing and dancing, but the GEO needs your help to make it happen.

Applications will be open until Monday, March 27 for all UNM students, staff and faculty, and Albuquerque community members to showcase their country or origin. GEO is especially seeking musical and artistic performances as well as food and arts and crafts vendors.

"This year's performance line-up will feature music from China, Japan, Africa, and Turkey as well as Flamenco and Lion dancers. Don't miss this opportunity to sample live performances from around the world!" International Student Advisor Carolyn Kaltenbach said.

With over 1,000 international students and scholars from 94 countries, GEO is excited to highlight this global community cross-cultural awareness, through things we all share: food, music, art and clothing.

I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the festival. Each year GEO works with international students, ethnic food vendors, and local performers to highlight different aspects of our global community. It’s a day when our international students choose to share a bit of their home culture—be it a favorite dish, game, craft or performance with the wider campus.” GEO Director Nicole Tami said. 

Sign-ups must be submitted online by Monday, March 27 at the Global Education Office.

The 2023 International Festival is free to attend and open to all members of the UNM and Albuquerque community.   

“Join us as we celebrate the depth and diversity Albuquerque’s international community brings to our campus and city! It will be a day of international fun, food, fashion, and performance. Hope to see you there,” Study Abroad Advisor Madelyn Lesnewich said.