SIU hosts the 2022 International Festival | SIU

Carbondale University of Southern Illinois International Festival 2022scheduled from April 4 to 8, celebrates “One voice, one people”.

This is a time to celebrate the diversity, inclusiveness, and multicultural impact and influence of the SIU and its employees.

The popular week-long festival, a tradition for 60 years, was postponed from February this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which also forced the 2021 festival to move online. The event usually draws large, grateful crowds from across campus and the surrounding community.

International students have found their university residence at the SIU since 1947, and currently around 1,000 students and scholars from around 100 countries, along with their families, are Salukis. International students, faculty and staff are valued and their impact is evident, SIU officials say.

“International students add to the campus and local community by showing us how we see the world through different lenses while sharing many of the same beliefs and customs. This fusion of cultures is what makes SIU and Carbondale unique and an example of a 21st century international community,” said Sam Bandy, Acting Director of the Center for International Education. “We are such a globally connected campus that it’s hard to imagine what our campus and the Carbondale area would be like without our international students, faculty, staff, and community members.”

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The International Festival is an opportunity to celebrate and connect with the SIU community.

The beautiful and impressive International Parade of Flags at 10 a.m. on April 4 serves as the launch for the festival. The parade begins at Woody Hall with students, faculty, staff and community members, many of whom are wearing clothing from their home countries, gather and march through campus while carrying flags representing their country of origin. origin.

Upon arrival at the Student Center after hiking through campus, the festivities move inside the International Lounge for the official proclamation and welcoming ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Meera Komarraju, Provost and Vice Chancellor for University Affairs, and Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry will lead the festivities.

The International Food Festival returns at 11 a.m. on April 6 in the ballrooms of the Student Center. This event provides a unique opportunity to sample culinary delights from around the world, as students prepare and serve dishes from their home countries. The different kiosks offer various à la carte options as well as certain meal combinations. The festival ends at 1 p.m. or when the food runs out. Sales are common, so organizers recommend coming early for the best selection.

Tickets are $1 each and the number of tickets required for samples varies.

Tickets will be available at the door, but those planning to attend can save time by purchasing tickets in advance. Advance tickets go on sale March 28 at the counters in the Student Center Business Office and are available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The menu will be displayed in line before the party.

Enjoy shows from around the world

The 2022 International Festival concludes with the Cultural Show, a special evening of entertainment featuring a variety of global performances. During this unique evening, students present their diverse cultures and countries through song and dance. The show is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on April 8 in the student center ballrooms.

There is no cost to attend and tickets are not required.

All events of the “One Voice, One People” International Festival 2022 are free and open to everyone. the International Student Councila registered student organization, coordinates the festival with the support of the International Education Centerthe Student Engagement Office and the Student Center.

Darcy J. Skinner