International Festival Brings the World to LWC, Columbia
Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2017 [11:57 AM]
Airada Daamdee Bricker (left) of
Elizabethtown, Ky. and Victor Fernandez of Paraguay, perform a
Latin American dance for students, faculty, staff and community
members at the International Festival on April 12 in the Doris
& Bob Health and Wellness Center at Lindsey Wilson College, 399
Williams St. Columbia, Ky.
Columbia, Ky. -- Authentic cuisine, dance and culture
from around the world were on display yesterday when the Lindsey
Wilson College International Student Program (ISP) held their
annual International Festival in the Doris & Bob Holloway
Health and Wellness Center.
Students in the International Student Program set
up booths to serve food from their home countries and several
special presentations were held throughout the day to entertain the
more than 340 students, faculty, staff and community members in
Sabine Eastham, Director of the International Student
Program, said there are several reasons why days like this are
important at Lindsey Wilson College.
"The festival gives our students an opportunity to blend with
the local community in a unique way by sharing part of their
culture and cuisine," said Eastham. "This day is important also for
the LWC student body, staff, faculty and community as they get to
experience part of the diversity our students bring to our home
town. They do all the planning and a lot of thought goes into
everything. They are happy and proud of sharing their culture one
student at at time."
Victor Fernandez, a student from Paraguay performed a dance from
his home country during a special presentation at the event.
Fernandez said that the experience was enjoyable for different
"We were so nervous at first," said Fernandez. "But in my view I
really ended up enjoying it because I love this kind of song. I
liked being able to share it with the other students because
there's something about the rhythm of it that everyone can relate
Airada Daamdee Bricker, an LWC student from Elizabethtown, Ky.,
performed with Fernandez.
"This was my first time dancing to a latin song and I was
nervous because I'm not from Latin American culture," said Bricker.
"But it was fun and I think that students from other places got a
lot out of today. Days like this are a great way to exchange
cultural values and different ideas in general."
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