Celebrating and Sharing Culture

From Irish Dancing, to Aikido Martial Arts, to Chinese Drums, the city’s Internal Festival runs the gamut of diverse cultural experiences.

Local residents of all ages, races, and creeds gathered together inside Merner Fieldhouse on the campus of North Central College for the 17th annual event. There they explored 21 different booths, learning about different cultures and civilizations throughout the world. Audiences also watched 16 groups performance. Proceeds from the fest help fund scholarships for international students and NCC students studying abroad in about 50 countries.

“In this age of globalization, our world as big as it is is so small,” said Mesma Shammas, who works in the office of international programs at NCC. “And knowledge is power and when you learn about other cultures, you also learn so much about yourself.”

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