Multicultural Festival to be held at Marietta College

Photo Provided The Multicultural Festival, being held from 5-7 p.m. Friday in the Hermann Fine Arts Center at Marietta College, will feature more than 20 cultures represented through food, performances and conversation.

MARIETTA — More than 20 cultures will be represented through food, performances and conversation at the Multicultural Festival from 5-7 p.m. Friday in the Hermann Fine Arts Center at Marietta College.

Sponsored by PAC, the Office of Education Abroad and the Department of Modern Languages, this year’s festival has grown in the number of cultures represented and food on hand compared to last year’s celebration. Attendees will have the chance to try dishes from around the world. Countries being represented through food will include the Philippines, the Congo, India, Venezuela, South Korea and Denmark.

“It’s a small thing, but you can learn a lot about a person’s culture through food,” said Baffour Paapa Nkrumah-Ababio ’18 (Sakumono Tema, Ghana).

The food at the festival will serve as a storyteller not just of the different cultures they originated from but also of the local Marietta community. Nkrumah-Ababio said all of the dishes and cultural performances are coming from cultures found within the college and local community and are being prepared by Marietta College students, faculty and staff and local community members.

In doing so, Nkrumah-Ababio said, the festival can highlight and celebrate local diversity.

In addition to an array of food, cultural performances, including ones from Kuwait, Ghana, Spain and Native American society, will take place to highlight further and celebrate the diversity of different cultures.

For a more personalized experience, Kuwaiti students will be showing attendees how to write their name in Arabic; West African traditional symbols will be shown and explained, and Chinese calligraphy and henna will be taking place.

Some Marietta College students who have studied abroad will talk about their experiences and travels and how others can pursue the same opportunity.

For Nkrumah-Ababio, the festival serves as both a celebration of cultural diversity as well as an exciting opportunity for the Marietta College campus community.

“Variety is the spice of life,” he said. “We have one life to live, and it’d be a waste to not take advantage of how much diversity we have here in Marietta. I’m just excited for people to have the opportunity to lose themselves in Marietta. It’ll be as though you’re traveling the world without leaving this one place.”