Travel the world without baggage by visiting the University of New Mexico International Festival Thursday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Cornell Mall between the Student Union Building and Mesa Vista Hall. The day culminates with the screening of "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" at 6 p.m. in the SUB Theater.

In preparation for your trip, visit the international fashion show on Tuesday, April 10 from noon to 1 p.m. in the SUB atrium. Check out traditional attire from around the world.

Thursday's festival features food from around the world, from groups on campus as well as outside vendors, performances, cultural crafts, and informational booths.

Among the groups sharing information is CELAC, the Center for English Language and American Culture; study abroad, UNM International Studies Institute, UNM Chinese Students & Scholars Association, Semester at Sea, Japan-311 Earthquake Information and Fund Raising and the Saudi Student Organization.

Mavel Moreno, program manager at the Office of International Programs and Studies, said, "A Jamaican group is also providing a mobile health lab. They will showcase the health services they provide to those with no ready access to health care."

Performances include a traditional Saudi Arabian interactive dance and a dance with swords, Japanese poetry sing, flamenco performed by Institute-Sevillanas and Tangas Patada, an African Dance Class performance and a fraternity step group, among others.

Moreno said, "The students are very excited about this event. They see it as an opportunity to give back to UNM by sharing aspects of their country and culture with the university community. Our office is fortunate to have them on campus and grateful for the support that the Student Affairs Division provides every year in recognition of our international population."

This event is sponsored by the UNM Office of International Programs and Studies and the World Student Alliance.

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