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Northern State University will celebrate cultures from around the nation and the world on Thursday, Nov. 1, at Culturefest.


The event, which will be held 5:30-8 p.m., is free and open to the public. This year by popular demand, it returns to the NSU Barnett Center.


"We received a lot of calls from community members wondering if we were going to have a big event this year, so the committee decided to move the event back to its original location,” said NSU Director of International Programs Leigh Neys. “We hope to see many Aberdonians join us.”


Culturefest will include international food sampling, entertainment and a variety of booths. NSU international student groups will be represented, as well as cultural organizations from the Aberdeen area.


"Our students are very excited about Culturefest,” said NSU International Student Coordinator Stacey Schmidt. “They spend a lot of time practicing to perform on stage and to prepare the food samples that they will offer at many booths."


The festivities also include NSU Dining Services offering an international menu during the event for $9, including: curried pumpkin and mushroom soup, sticky ginger chicken wing, Korean bibimbap with steamed white rice and bok choy with garlic sauce.


Some of the participants hosting booths include: Native American Student Association, Chinese Student Association, Korean Student Association, Confucius Institute, Lutheran Social Services, Exchange Club, Aberdeen Area Diversity Coalition and others.


Performances will include Northern alum Melvin Hill and the Wakpala High School drummers, K-Pop dances by the Impact dance group, Peruvian and Columbian Dances, Bolivian music, and more. Also present at the event will be 2019 Miss He Sapa, Uriah Little Hoop, and 2018 Miss He Sapa, Genevieve Iron Lightning.


For more information, contact the NSU Office of International Programs at 605-626-7802 or