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International Student Association hosts Country Fair

Loyola press release - October 22, 2009

Where did the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago get its name? Who started the 365-day calendar? Which country’s national symbol is an eagle eating a snake?

Find out the answers to these and many questions at Loyola University New Orleans’ annual Country Fair, Friday, Oct. 30. The free fair, featuring live African drummers, dancers and stilt walkers, food from around the world and displays from over 25 countries, takes place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the St. Charles Room, located in the Danna Student Center.

The International Student Association and the Center for International Education sponsor the fair to introduce the campus community to different countries’ cultures and to raise money for the International Student Scholarship Fund. Organizers will sell raffle tickets at the fair to benefit the fund and in Mercy Hall, Room 301, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 21.

During the fair, Loyola students will set up tables showcasing a variety of items from either their home countries, or countries in which they have studied, including flags, photographs, native clothing and other artifacts. Meanwhile, the Kumbuka African Drum and Dance Collective will perform traditional dances and music from the east and west coasts of Africa, a dance of the market women from the Congo, and war dances from South Africa.

For more information about the Country Fair visit www.loyno.edu/cie/country-fair. To donate to the scholarship fund, please contact CIE at 504-864-7550 or by email at cie@loyno.edu.