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International Festival Celebrates the Diversity of Colby-Sawyer College

NEW LONDON, N.H. – Colby-Sawyer College will host its annual International Festival, which celebrates the cultural diversity of its community with international foods, traditions, music and dancing. The event will also feature the New Nile Orchestra, an Ethiopian group led by New London singer and dancer Kiflu Kidane.

The 2009 International Festival will offer several different workshops, table displays, a fashion show and a concert with dancing. The event takes place on Thursday, March 26, from 5 to 9 p.m., in Wheeler Hall at the Ware Campus Center. This event, hosted by the Cross Cultural Club, is free and open to the public. The Cross Cultural Club is a college organization made up of international and American students at Colby-Sawyer College who share their cultures, traditions and national histories through a variety of events and activities.

The festival begins with an African dance workshop at 5 p.m., followed by an African drumming workshop at 5:45 p.m. Table displays will be set up from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for participants to view them and to mingle with community members who are representing their countries. Next an International Fashion Show will feature traditional clothing from around the world, modeled by college community members. The dance floor will open at 7:30 p.m., when the New Nile Orchestra will perform its infectious African musical rhythms.

Kidane has performed internationally with endless energy and enthusiasm for more than 20 years. His shows combine Ethopian music with line dancing, all while he continuously interacts with the crowd. His lively performances can be enjoyed and appreciated by people of any cultural background.

For more information, contact International Student Advisor Cindy Benson at 603-526-3719 or by e-mail at To learn more about other public events at Colby-Sawyer, visit

-Michelle L. Buser '09

Michelle L. Buser is a Communications Studies major and an intern in College Communications at Colby-Sawyer College.

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