World Cultures Fair to Benefit Sandy Relief

Tables and guests at last year's World Cultures Fair (Photo courtesy of Elizabeth A. Martinez-Gibson)

Where do henna paintings, sweet grass baskets and origami collide? For three hours at the Fifth Annual World Cultures Fair in the Stern Center Garden this Thursday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Over 40 groups, programs and clubs from the College will represent their cultures and history at information tables with an array of crafts, food and more.

This year the fair is sponsored by an extensive list of associations, including the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs, College Activities Board (CAB), SGA, the Office of Diversity, International Studies, Multicultural Center, the Global Business Resource Center and the Avery Center. All proceeds and donations will support Sandy relief.

Aramark will cater the event, and in addition, students and faculty are welcome to enter appetizers, main dishes, or desserts in the World Cultures Fair food contest judged by students, faculty, and Dean David Cohen from the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs.

If free food hasn’t already sparked your interest, CAB will be handing out free T-shirts each hour with the winning design from the T-Shirt contest held back in January. There will also be continuous live entertainment including the Martial Arts and the Chinese Lion Dance, Capoeira, Belly Dancing, Indian Dances, African Dancers, Zumba, Gullah Poetry and even basket weaving demonstrations.

Elizabeth Martinez-Gibson, World Cultures Fair Chair and professor from the Hispanic Studies Department, started the fair as the school’s Language Fair before the College had created the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Fairs and has watched it continue to grow. She said, “Since I strongly believe this is an event for all of us at CofC, I welcomed all the students and College organizations that wished to participate. Each year we include more and more clubs and organizations, which make for a bigger and better fair.”

The World Cultures Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 28 in the Stern Center Garden. Rain location: Stern Center Ballroom. 


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Christina D'Antoni is the Features Editor at Cistern Yard News, and an intern at the food culture magazine The Local Palate. She is a CofC senior, a writer, and above all, a foodie looking for any and every excuse to hit up Xiao Bao Biscuit.

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