Diversity Festival to Celebrate Customs Around the World

Nebraska Wesleyan University will celebrate cultural diversity and global citizenship during its first Diversity Festival on Saturday, November 21.

Events, which are open to the public, are planned from noon to 8:30 p.m. in the Marian and Marion Weary Center, located at 53rd Street and Huntington Ave.

The festival will celebrate a variety of unique customs including Chinese lion dancing, Aztec folkloric dancing, Japanese drumming, origami making and henna tattooing. Participants can attend lectures on the history of various cultures, learn native dances and music, and sample alluring foods from around the world.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for students under 18 years, $7 each for groups of seven or more people. Tickets can be purchased at Nebraska Wesleyan’s Center for Student Involvement. Adult tickets are $20 at the door.

The following is a schedule of events:
12:15 p.m. — The art of origami making
1 p.m. — Lecture on Africa by Michael Opoku of Ashanti African Roots (Ghanaian drum and dance group)
1 p.m. — Art history of henna tattoos
2 p.m. — African drumming, Ashanti African Roots
2 p.m. — Asian dance, Lion Dance Troup
3 p.m. — Aztec folkloric dance, Sangre Azteca
4 p.m. — African dance, Ashanti African Roots
4 p.m. — Japanese drumming, Kokyo Taiko Drummers
5 p.m. — Bollywood (Indian) dance, Wendy Stegall
5 p.m. — Columbian folkloric dance, Kumbe Columbian Folklorico Dance Group
6 p.m. — Dinner
6:30 p.m. — Performances by all groups

For more information, contact the Multicultural Programs Office at 402.465.2412 or email Candice Howell.