MADONNA UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL – FEBRUARY 10th, 2016
Another great and successful event took place this past week, at Madonna University!
Sponsored by the Institutional Standing Committee on Campus Diversity and Inclusion, the International Festival has been a colorful event which attracted students, educators, university’s staff and community’s members. The Franciscan gathering center was crowded thanks to food, performances, games, and a significant representation of international students from 27 countries all around the globe.
A delicious Lebanese, Chinese, Japanese, and Polish food selection delighted the most exigent palates; those amazing sausages and sauerkrauts will be hard to forget!
Ruffle prizes, Chinese Calligraphy and Origami, and Guess the Flag game functioned as a perfect fun and entertainment for all the most curious guests.
The music performances were absolutely gorgeous and rich in variety.
The Italian American choral group opened the event, under the direction of the Italian student Viviana Garabello, Music Education Major at Madonna. They performed the Italian National Anthem and The Star Spangled Banner with solemnity, majesty and powerful singing.
Other three national anthems followed; O Canada, beautifully sung by the student registered organization No Strings Attached (a cappella group) and the Chinese and the South Korean National Anthems, performed at the Keyboard by Katie Crombez, Piano Performance major.
Nice surprise for all the guests with the two medley of tunes, originally and wonderfully played by Garry Kaluzny at the Cajiun Accordion and Mary Ann Stokes at the Dulcimer. The afternoon was enriched by the solo performances of great artists, like Edwin Sibrian Pineda with his guitar and voice performing the songs Gustas and El perdon; the duet Kaba Gaida and John Carzon with their medley of Bulgarian tunes and, in conclusion, the medley of Celtic tunes performed by Doris Williams and her medieval lute and soprano voice.
On the second floor of the gathering space, interesting informational posters about countries were displayed all around, enriching the cultural experience for the guests, with pictures and description of China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia.
Get ready to enjoy this incredible journey through the entire planet Earth, like a real tourist, just by comfortably walking at your Madonna University Franciscan Center!
Note the next appointment in your calendar for next year, February 2017!