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NMSU to host International Festival in downtown Las Cruces

The City of Las Cruces and New Mexico State University’s Office of International and Border Programs are joining forces again to host this year’s International Festival, an annual event that showcases cultures from around the world.


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New Mexico State University students perform the traditional Dragon Dance at the 2018 International Festival, sponsored by the Office of International and Border Programs at NMSU. The IBP Office will host the 2019 festival on March 16 at the Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 Main Street. (NMSU photo by Stephanie Staaden)

This year’s Las Cruces International Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 Main Street. The festival is free and open to the public.

The festival offers the NMSU campus and local community an opportunity to experience different cultures from across the globe. Currently, NMSU has about 900 international students and scholars from 62 countries on campus, and many of those students are making important contributions to research and the NMSU and Las Cruces communities.

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima will welcome attendees as part of the city’s partnership in hosting the festival, which will feature cultural displays with native art, textiles, artifacts, photographs, music, dancing and games. Participating international students will be dressed in their native fashions.

Representatives from Africa, Saudi Arabia, China, Bangladesh, India and Nepal are expected to attend this year’s festival, as well as many community organizations.

“We’re particularly excited this year to have students from the African Student Organization who will be joining other international students from all around the world at our annual International Festival,” said Michael Schmelzle, director of International Studies. “It’s wonderful to see so many bright and talented young people coming together to celebrate and share their cultures with NMSU and the broader Las Cruces community. Events such as this allow us to appreciate the richness and diversity of our shared global experience.”

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