By Thilina Fernando
Science and Technology Editor, The Crimson
The air was a heavy with the sights, sounds, smells and tastes from all over the world as Florida Tech held its inaugural international festival on Sunday 25 February 2007. Organized and hosted by the International Student Scholar Services office, the festival brought together students, faculty, staff and the local community in a celebration of diversity and culture. The festival consisted of cultural displays, music, performances and cuisine from different parts of the world. The various international student groups together with local foreigners set up elaborate displays of their native culture, music and dance. Cultural displays from Africa, China, The Caribbean, Israel, India, Scandinavia and Saudi Arabia dotted the area near the panther plaza while the Panthareum was alive with performances from The Caribbean, Florida Tech Infinity dance team, India, Israel, Ron Teixiera Trio, South America, and Saudi Arabia. An estimated 500 visitors attended the festival and many of them donned their traditional dress adding to the cultural melting pot.
Judith Brooke, director of the ISSS and the organizer of this event hopes it will help create awareness and promote the international students of Florida Tech by getting the community involved.
Whatever the future holds one thing is certain; the unprecedented success of the inaugural International Festival means that we can all look forward to it every year.