The 49th Annual Feast of Nations will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Alerus Center, sponsored by the International Organization at the University of North Dakota.
The doors for the red carpet open at 5 p.m. The program begins at 6 p.m.
The Feast of Nations is one of the most popular events in Grand Forks and has become widely recognized as a festival of diversity. It is an event that showcases and celebrates different cultures from around the world through performances and a delicious full course ethnic meal. The International Organization (IO) of the University of North Dakota is the initiator of the event. It is organized mainly by students.
â€œThis event is a great way for people to get a taste of the rest of the world. We have cultural table displays, amazing international performances and delicious ethnic food, so make sure to buy your tickets now!â€ said Eller Bonifacio, president of the International Organization.
This yearâ€™s performances include:
Fubuki Daiko, a Japanese drum and flute ensemble. Their debut CD, Fubuki, received a Prairie Music Award for â€˜Outstanding Instrumental Recordingâ€™.
Folklore de Mi Tierra is a Columbian dance group. They will perform traditional Columbian dances such as the Cumba, Pasadoble and Bachata.
Walking Wolf dancers and singers aim to promote the cultural identity of aboriginal peoples by showcasing the talents of their culture.
â€œParadizeâ€ is a band with Caribbean influences and they will bring the rhythms of the Caribbean to life at this yearâ€™s show with soca, calypso, steel pan and reggae music.
Feast of Nations will also feature talented student performers from UND.
The menu at the banquet will be a five-course international meal: Middle Eastern appetizer – humus and pita; Norwegian cucumber salad; curried Indian vegetable soup; Hungarian chicken paprikash with couscous (vegetarian option: vegetable stir fry with couscous), and Brazilian brigadeiros for dessert.
Tickets are available at the Services Desk of the Memorial Union. Tickets are priced at $15 for students and children and $20 for non-students. Reservations for a table of 10 will cost $250.
The International Organization aims to enhance goodwill and understanding between cultures within the UND campus and the surrounding communities. IO is not just for international students at UND, but also for individuals who would like share their knowledge, culture and abilities in order to impact society. Log on to www.und.edu/org/intlorg for more information.