Free International Festival Coming to Panthereum Saturday, Feb. 27

MELBOURNE, FLA. – Florida Tech will be flying the colors of many nations when it hosts the Fourth Annual International Festival on Saturday, Feb. 27, from noon to 5 p.m. The free event, a highlight of the university’s spring semester activities, will take place in the outdoor Panthereum area, located off Country Club Drive and adjacent to Panther Plaza in the heart of the campus. The public is welcome.

Music and dance will be by Panama Suenos y Tradiciones, Panamanian Folk Dance; L’Ahavat Tzion Israel Folk Dance;the Greek American Association of Brevard dance troupe; Space Coast Asian Pacific American Heritage Association; Florida Tech’s Latin Percussion Ensemble and Twitchy, Florida Tech’s all-faculty rock ‘n roll band. Also, the Caribbean Students Association, Indian Students Association and Saudi Student House will offer traditional folk dances. Also, the Sons of Norway’s Viking ship replica will be “docked” on the campus lawn among the many cultural displays of student groups.

Local vendors will sell ethnic food specialties and students will offer handmade jewelry and traditional artifacts for sale.

Among the organizations involved are the Caribbean Students Association, Chinese Students & Scholars Association, Indian Students Association–Sanskriti, International Student Services Organization, Latin American Student Association, Muslim Student Association, Saudi Student House, Spanish Club, Taiwanese Student Association and the School of Psychology’s Diversity Committee.

Children will enjoy carnival-type games and activities.

“We are very proud to showcase Florida Tech’s international diversity,” said Judy Brooke, director of International Student and Scholar Services. “There will be activities for all ages. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the afternoon.”

The festival is sponsored by Florida Tech International Student and Scholar Services, Florida Tech Residence Life, WFIT 89.5FM and the Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida. For more information, call (321) 674-8053 or visit

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