More than 30 countries will share their culture with the CSU and Fort Collins community at the 57th annual World Unity Fair.
The Office of International Programs, which is hosting the event, will hold the fair this Saturday from 3 to 10:30 p.m. in the Lory Student Center.
Admission is free, but participants can purchase food tickets for $4 between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. that evening.
Jennifer Christ, the international programs coordinator, said about $13,000 is being spent on this event.
The Student Funding Board, a sector of the Associated Students of CSU that provides funding to student organizations, contributed $9,000 to the event. The rest of the funding came from the Office of International Programs and the Counsel of International Student Affairs, or COISA, which includes the individual international student organizations.
The activities, which are marketed to all ages throughout the Fort Collins community, include:
- The Youth World Tour from 3 to 5 p.m., which has activities for children, such as learning foreign letters, how to make origami, and how to Chinese yo-yo,
- The International Bazaar from 3 to 8 p.m., where people can purchase international gifts to benefit the Fort Collins International Center,
- Food and culture booths from 5 to 8 p.m., and
- The World Talent Show from 8 to 10:30 p.m. in the LSC Theater, which includes dancing, singing and acting from all over the world.
Christ said there was a turnout of about 3,000 to 4,000 people last year, and at least half of them are students. But Nasir Jamal, a fourth-year graduate student in molecular biology, said he hopes to see 4,000 to 5,000 people this year.
Jamal, who is from Pakistan, is helping to put on the World Unity Fair for the second time as the president of COISA.
â€œColorado is one of those states that really appreciates diversity,â€ Jamal said.
â€œThe World Unity Fair gives â€¦ people the opportunity to experience the culture, traditions, artifacts and food of different countries all in one place,â€ he said.
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