Intercultural Festival precursor to return to Commons Wednesday

ICF's Fall Festival and Spring Bash lead up to the annual Intercultural Festival in the spring semester.

Nick Bonadies
Spectrum Editor

Mark Robinson
Assistant Spectrum Editor

ICF's Fall Festival and Spring Bash lead up to the annual Intercultural Festival in the spring semester.

VCU’s Intercultural Festival Fall Festival, the traditional precursor to the Intercultural Festival in the spring semester, returns to the Commonwealth Ballroom this week, on Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

An official VCU tradition since – as endorsed by the Student Activities Planning Committee – the Intercultural Festival is a yearly celebration of cultural diversity among VCU students. Festivities typically include performances of music and dance from worldwide cultures, VCU art student showcases, international cuisine from local restaurants and other activities.

While the main event will take place in the spring, the ICF Fall Festival is one of two smaller events that the Intercultural Festival Executive Planning Board plans throughout the year.

Besides the ICF Fall Festival, the ICF Spring Bash will take place closer to the main event.

“Since our main festival is only like once a year, our two mini-festivals are just around to keep the students updated, to remind them that we’re still here and we have one coming up, like a mini preview, basically,” said Jenilee Holgado, ICF’s programming co-chairwoman and a sophomore biology major at VCU.

For each of the three events, the overarching theme for 2011-2012 will be “The Seven Wonders of the World.” Planned activities at the Fall Festival on Wednesday include make your own sushi, paper lanterns, origami, pumpkin decoration and henna tattoos, among others.

The ICF Fall Festival will be catered by local Thai favorite Elephant Thai.

Because the ICF programming board was able to start planning this year’s festival earlier, Holgado’s expectations for this year’s festival are high.

“It should be a bigger success,” she said. “We’re more organized; we have our them done, so it should be a good turnout. We always have a really good turnout, but compared to last year it should be better.”

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