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International Fair is Cultural Mosaic

of experiences, music at Manchester

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. - It begins with drums of West Africa.  Then some folk dancing, and Japanese dancing, Aztec dancing, American square dancing. And the food . incredible tastes from around the world. Sprinkle in some Salsa and hot Latin beats and even some Serbian-Croatian music, and you get the idea: It's the International Fair at Manchester College.

The six-hour Cultural Mosaic of sights, sounds and tastes from around the world showcases the college's international culture from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 25 in the Physical Education and Recreation Center (PERC). It's an opportunity for the entire family to go globe-trotting and not leave northeast Indiana. Admission is free because of financial support from the community.

The festival is a natural for Manchester College, which offers a multitude of international study abroad and travel experiences to its students and provides a scholarly home to 83 international students from 33 nations.  

The Manchester International Fair is family-focused, with foods, interactive events, displays, learning adventures, children's activities and at least 15 grand performances by professional troupes as well as Manchester students and area groups.

"The music is tantalizingly contagious and interactive, performed by authentic and renowned groups that together represent a global taste," said Dr. Peter Gitau, director of multicultural affairs and chair of the International Fair Steering Committee.  "The event has been a hallmark of college-community integration and cooperation, while intentionally igniting much-needed dialogues that break ethnic, language and national-origin boundaries."

The music, the swirl of activity, the hands-on opportunities to experience other cultures will captivate and enthrall young and old. At least 1,000 visitors are expected to the Cultural Mosaic, which is a collaboration of Manchester College, the Gemmer Family Christian Foundation, Plowshares peace studies program and the Wabash County Community Foundation.

At least 40 displays and booths range from study abroad opportunities and area cultural clubs to a currency exchange, the Miami Indians of Indiana to a French café, Friends of the Third World, Rotary International, Habitat for Humanity and many more.

Countries represented at booths include Bahrain, Ecuador, France, Germany, Jamaica and the Caribbean, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Spain, Thailand, Uganda and Venezuela. Most of the exhibits feature enticing samples of popular dishes prepared by Manchester College students in the campus cafeteria under the supervision of Chartwell's food service personnel.

Manchester College began hosting a community international dinner in the late 1980s. In subsequent years, the event grew into a festival, often focusing on a different country or area of the world. The 1995 International Fair celebrated the 50th anniversary of the United Nations, and MC graduate Andrew Cordier, who helped write the U.N. charter. Today, the International Fair is a bi-annual event.

Manchester, a Church of the Brethren residential college in North Manchester, Ind., offers more than 45 areas of study to1,170 students. For more about the college and its international programs and Intercultural Center and activities, visit

Manchester International Fair

Noon - 6 p.m., Sunday, April 25

Noon               Grand Entry, Drums of West Africa

12:30 p.m.        Welcome

12:40 p.m.        Folk Dancing, Lupita and company

1 p.m.              Serbian-Croatian taste, Drina Orchestra of Schererville, Ind.

1:20 p.m.          Japanese Dancing, Minyo Dancers of Indianapolis

1:50 p.m.          Manchester College Choir

2 p.m.              The Nepalese Way, MC international students from Nepal

2:10 p.m.          African Rhythms, Drums of West Africa from Indianapolis

2:50 p.m.          American square dancing, Bells & Beaus Square Dance Club of North Manchester

Drumming Workshop

3:10 p.m.          African Voices, Grace Choir

3:40 p.m.          A Taste of Salsa, MC international students from Ecuador

3:45 p.m.          Romanian Twists, MHS exchange student from Romania

4 p.m.              Aztec dancing, Asael Mujica and company

4:40 p.m.          Serbian-Croatian Taste, Drina Orchestra of Schererville, Ind.

5 p.m.              African Voices, Grace Choir

5:20 p.m.          Hot Latin Beats of Michiana, Ramon Guerrero and company

6 p.m.              Closing





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