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International food, performances highlight Festival of Nations

The 27th annual Festival of Nations will be held April 17 to celebrate culture and diversity.

Sarah Hillis-Kauffman, a senior international business major and one of the organizers of the event, says the Festival of Nations is the final event of International Education Week, which is sponsored by International Student Organizations, DU Programs Board, DU Student Life and the USG Diversity Committee.

“The Festival of Nations is a cultural fair that offers performances, food and children’s activities from many different countries,” Hillis-Kauffman says. She adds that there will be traditional dances from around the world and a global fashion show.

“The Festival of Nations is not only a tradition at DU, it also is the largest student-led event on campus,” Hillis-Kauffman says. Throughout the week, she says, a variety of international events will be held, including international films, panels and guest speakers.

According to the Office of Internationalization, DU’s diverse student population includes students from 88 countries — with China having the largest number of students attending the University.

The Festival of Nations, held in the Driscoll University Center, is open to students, faculty and the community. Events are free but food booths are pay-as-you-go. For a complete schedule of International Week events, visit For more information, e-mail

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