Registration Deadline for Cultural Groups,
Merchandise Vendors Extended to Jan. 16
MELBOURNE, FLA. — From Africa to Korea, Saudi Arabia to Taiwan, the world’s cultures, foods and traditions will be celebrated at Florida Tech’s 13th Annual International Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, on the university’s outdoor Panther Plaza.
The festival has free admission and is open to the public.
Through performances, food and hands-on experiences, attendees will experience the rich cultural variety that enlivens both the university – home to students from more than 100 countries – and the broader Space Coast community.
There will be a variety of performances starting at noon, with Florida Tech’s all-faculty rock band TWITCHY kicking things off. Other groups scheduled to perform include the Shik Shak Belly Dance Club, Florida Tech student associations from Africa, the Caribbean, Oman, India, Latin America and Saudi Arabia, the Florida Tech Swing Dance Club, and many cultural performers from the community, including Accordion music by Klaus Kolb.
Many of those student associations, as well as other Florida Tech and community groups, will present cultural displays. Participating groups include those representing Brazil, Iraq, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Korea and Taiwan as well as other university and community cultural groups, including the Ancient Order of the Hibernians.
Food vendors at the festival will be ARC’s Ice Cream Truck, Hazel’s Caribbean Restaurant, Habanero Grill Mexican Restaurant, Taal Indian Restaurant, Le Crave serving French-style crepes, La Estancia Colombian Restaurant, Bangkok Thai Restaurant, Old School Pizza and Falafel Stop Mediterranean Restaurant.
The festival will also feature several children’s activities, including bounce houses, face painting, and the popular Passport to the World program. This free activity encourages children of all ages to visit different cultural displays to learn something unique about the many countries and cultures represented at the festival.
Sponsors of the 13th Annual International Festival are the Florida Tech Office of International Student and Scholar Services, WFIT 89.5 FM, and the Florida Tech Office of Business and Retail Operations.
Festival organizers have extended the registration deadline to Wednesday, Jan. 16, for cultural groups and retail merchandise vendors. Special consideration will be given to vendors selling cultural/folkloric wares and to not-for-profit service organizations. Only handmade and homemade crafts may be offered for sale.
In case of rain, the festival will be held in the university’s Clemente Center.