Notre Dame to celebrate International Festival Week Feb. 25 to March 4

Author: McKenna Pencak

International Festival Week 2012

For more than 40 years, the Office of International Student Services and Activities (ISSA), in conjunction with other campus departments and organizations, has hosted International Festival Week at the University of Notre Dame. International Festival Week 2012, which will celebrate Notre Dame’s international community, will take place Feb. 25 through March 4 (Saturday through Sunday).

The following events are open to the public:

  • At 5:30 p.m. Feb. 25 (Saturday), the Filipino American Student Association will present Fiestang 2012: Dahil Tayo’y Pilipino (Because We Are Filipino) in the Stepan Center. This celebration of Filipino culture will include a dinner and performance. Tickets will cost $10 at the door.
  • Join ISSA and the Graduate Student Union for the International Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 29 (Wednesday) in the LaFortune Student Center Ballroom. In addition to sampling free desserts from around the world, attendees may enjoy a variety of international student performances and activities such as henna, origami and a sale of Nepalese handicrafts.
  • Fischer O’Hara Grace Graduate Residences (FOG) and Rev. Martin Nguyen, C.S.C., will host a free dinner, tour of Nguyen’s art studio, and dessert on March 2 (Friday) as part of Fragments: Spiritual and Cultural Inspirations of a Vietnamese-American Artist. Dinner will take place at 6 p.m. in the FOG Community Center, followed by a 7 p.m. art studio tour in the Holy Cross Annex.
  • ISSA and University Village Apartments will host the International Children’s Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. March 3 (Saturday). Children of all ages are invited to make international arts and crafts and play games at the University Village Community Center.
  • The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center will host the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble as part of its visiting artist series at 2 p.m. March 4 (Sunday) in the Leighton Concert Hall. The ensemble will perform Odissi, the oldest of India’s classical dance forms in a program titled “Sri yah – A Decade of Dance Making.” For ticket information, click here.

For more information as well as a complete list of International Festival Week events, click here.

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Originally published by McKenna Pencak at on February 17, 2012.