MELBOURNE, FLA.—Entertainers will share their cultural talents and craft and food vendors will do their part in Florida Institute of Technology’s Fifth Annual International Festival on Saturday, Feb. 26, from noon to 5 p.m. This free event, a highlight of the university’s spring semester activities, will take place at the university’s outdoor Panthereum, located off Country Club Drive. A rain location has been secured at the school’s Clemente Center.
Every year community singers, dancers and musicians join with Florida Tech international student organizations to present a colorful lineup of ethnic entertainment and cultural displays.
This year’s participants include the African Student Association; Saudi Student House; United Arab Emirates students; Sanskriti, the Indian Student Organization; Sons of Norway’s Space Coast Vikings; Brevard Indonesian Angklun & Dance; Taiwanese Student Association; the Caribbean Student Association; Colombia Baila, a traditional dance group; Space Coast Asian American Fellowship; Israeli Dancers of Brevard; the Greek American Association of Brevard; Heifer International; Hungarian students; Panamá Sueños y Tradiciones; Viera High School’s Asian Dance Club; Melbourne Regional Chamber; Mystic Cottage Peruvian Craft; Florida Tech School of Psychology Diversity Committee; Florida Tech Persian Association; Florida’s Space Coast Filipino-American Charitable & Educational Foundation; FIT Belly Dancing Club; Florida Tech’s Oxford Study Abroad Program; and TWITCHY, the president’s all-faculty band.
Local food vendors, including Hazel’s Caribbean Restaurant, La Estancia de Luisa, Olympia Restaurant, and Sunset Italian Ice, will sell ethnic food specialties, and students will offer handmade jewelry and traditional artifacts for sale. Carnival-type games and activities will entertain the children, including face painting and stilt walking.
The festival is sponsored by Florida Tech International Student and Scholar Services, Florida Tech Residence Life, WFIT 89.5 FM and the Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida. For more information call (321) 674-8053 or visit http://www.fit.edu/isss/international-fest.php.