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2010-02-01

Wofford combines cultures for International Carnival Day Feb. 18

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – It’s a Latin American Carnival, Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year all rolled into one – with a little splash of Oktoberfest and other fun for good measure!

The International Carnival Day, set for 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, at Wofford College is designed to celebrate and learn about other cultures, and for the college campus community to connect with the local Spartanburg and Upstate communities. Residents are invited to attend the festivities, which will include crafts, music, demonstrations, and even a parade.

“The purpose of the International Carnival Day is to celebrate three popular festivals – Chinese New Year, the Latin American Carnival, and New Orleans’ Mardi Gras,” says Dr. Denise T. Frazier, assistant professor in the foreign languages department, who is helping to coordinate the events. “We want to celebrate and learn about these cultures, and bring that ambiance to Wofford and to Spartanburg. It’s also a way to help the campus community connect with the local community.”

A variety of student organizations, including the German and Spanish clubs, are participating in the festival.

For the first 45 minutes or so of the event, children’s activities – including crafts, music, food tasting, dancing and mask making – will take place in locations in and around the Burwell Building on campus. (The building is the first one on the right as you enter campus from North Church Street.)

At about 5 p.m., a parade around campus, lead by a local high school band, will give everyone the chance to dance and just have fun, Frazier says.

Following the parade, at about 5:30 p.m., there will be musical, dance and other performances on the stage in Players Corner, beside the Burwell Building. (Rain location will be on the stage of the Montgomery Room inside the building.) Performances will include stick fighting (from Trinidad) and samba performances by Wofford students.

Dinner will be available in the student dining hall upstairs in Burwell beginning at 6 p.m., featuring foods inspired by France, Spain, New Orleans and China. The guest fee for dinner will be $4.25 per person.

From 6 to 7 p.m., local funk brass band Stimulus Package will perform for diners.

Frazier says those interested in really getting into the spirit of things can attend free samba lessons at 7 nightly on Tuesday, Feb. 2; Monday, Feb. 8; and Monday, Feb. 15, at The Showroom at Hub-Bub on Daniel Morgan Avenue. (While the lessons are free, donations will be accepted.)

Lectures on a variety of topics relating to the cultures represented at International Carnival Day will be offered during the week leading up to the event. For a full listing, contact Dr. Denise Frazier at frazierdt@wofford.edu.