International Week Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Posted: April 7, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Next week marks the 20th anniversary of International Week, with the theme “Old World, New Beginning.” The traditional parade of flags marks the opening ceremony on Monday, April 10, from 11:30 a.m. to noon on the North Plaza. Joyce Harris, former International Student Umbrella president, delivers the opening remarks, and free cake is served. A band, Zabardhusth Kulfi (The Great Ice Cream), integrates Afro-Cuban, Japanese, Turkish, Russian, Indian, Pakistani, and American rhythms into a pop/folk concert for the ceremony.

“The main objective of the week is to showcase different cultures and to educate the community about different traditions,” says coordinator Sara Lindstrom, Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS).

The international dinner dance concludes the week’s activities on Saturday, April 15. The event features performances by Maru Montero, a Latin American dance company; a Turkish dance company; and the first- and second-place winners from the student dance competition held earlier in the week. Local restaurants serving Korean, Moroccan, and Indian dishes cater the buffet, including Bombay Bistro, A Taste of Casablanca, and Sorak Garden. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door with a valid George Mason ID.

For more information about the week’s events, visit the OIPS website or contact the office at x32970.

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