The UNM Global Education Office (GEO) is uniting cultures with the 2016 International Festival this Thursday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on UNM’s Cornell Mall—east of the Student Union Building.

More than 30 booths sharing food, crafts and information will be available during the Festival. The annual event is free and open to the public.

“The International Festival is a fun and visible way for the entire UNM community to celebrate our connections to the rest of the world,” said Pablo Torres, director of international admissions and festival co-chair. “Our international students come to UNM from 100 countries, making our campus truly global.”

International Festival
Flamenco dancers at the International Festival.

The Festival also features flamenco and tango dance performances, Japanese drum “Taiko,” and music from Kenya.

"The International Festival is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all the rich cultures we have at UNM. I am especially excited for this year's festival as my friends and I will be baking pastries and representing Cuba. It is an event you don't want to miss," says Jennifer Zafra, UNM student majoring in International Studies.

UNM International Festival is a true celebration of culture and diversity and occurs annually during the Spring semester. Represented countries for this year’s festival include: Australia, Bangladesh, Cuba, Ecuador, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Thailand, Turkey, United States, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and more.

Detailed event information is available on the GEO website