Festival of NationsFestival of Nations
October 18 - November 8, 2013

The Festival of Nations is a celebration of diversity and local international history through a series of events held throughout the Big Rapids community and the campus of Ferris State University.  Many of the planned events for this festival will feature international topics designed to allow participants the opportunity to discover another culture and gain a broader perspective of the world.  Participating in some of these events will bring a little piece of the world to you!

International Business of the Day
Several of the downtown Big Rapids business owners will be featured as the International Business of the Day. Each day one of these businesses will host an international student to job shadow at their location. Each business will post the countries that will be featured and will be easily identified with an International Business of the Day sign. Stop by the businesses to greet these students!

Local Places of International Interest
Mecosta County Historical Museum
Bergelin House and Swedish Furniture Exhibit
Mecosta County Genealogical Society
Artworks presents the Oaxacan display, "Creatures Great and Small" September 10 to October 31

Friday, October 18 Saturday, October 19 Sunday, October 20

Wine and Art: 
International Painting Class

Artworks, Lower Level
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Fee:  $40 
Sponsored by Artworks and instructed by Andrea Schneider

Space is limited to 10 adults 21 or over. Bring your favorite wine and a snack to share as you enjoy painting an international theme. Register by contacting Artworks at (231) 796-2420 by October 15.

Oaxacan Walking Stick Make N' Take
Artworks Upper Level
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Free event
Sponsored by Artworks

For more information contact Artworks at (231) 796-2420

Beyond Event:  Mythologies
IRC Connector on the campus of Ferris State University
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Free event
Sponsored by the Ferris State University Center for Global Studies and Engagement

For more information contact the Office of International Education.


Tuesday, October 22 Friday, October 25 Saturday, October 26

Researching Your International Family History
IRC 109 on the campus of
Ferris State University
7:00 pm
Free event
Sponsored by the Mecosta County Genealogical Society

For more information contact the Mecosta County Genealogical Society or Maureen Nelson at 231-250-5555.

International Family Fun Night
Artworks, Lower Level
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Free event
Sponsored by Artworks and the Ferris State University International Student Organization

International students will highlight their traditions, art, games, culture, and much more in this festival atmosphere
For more information contact Artworks at (231) 796-2420.

Community vs. International Students Soccer Games
Big Rapids Industrial Park Field
First games begin at 1:00 pm
Free event; register here.
Sponsored by the Ferris State Office of International Education and the International Student Organization

Two games will be played with the winners of round one playing a second game to determine the best team. For more information contact the Office of International Education.


Tuesday, October 29 Wednesday, October 30 October 31 to November 3

Salsa Dancing Lesson
Artworks
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Free event
Sponsored by Ferris State University's Center for Latin@ Studies and Artworks

For more information contact the Center for Latin@ Studies at (231) 591-2470.

El Salvador
IRC 104 on the campus of Ferris State University
11:00 am
Free event
Presented by Kaylee Moreno and Maria Hernandez, Ferris State University Social Work students
Student participants from the recent Social Work Education Abroad program will present the impacts on their own lives through this experience and open discussion
For more information contact the Office of International Education

SpamALot
Williams Auditorium
Visit the Williams Auditorium website for show times and costs
Sponsored by the Ferris State University Theatre Group

Presentation of the English musical SpamALot, "lovingly ripped off" from the classic Monty Python film THE HOLY GRAIL.  This musical is silly and is intended for adult audiences.


Tuesday, November 5 Wednesday, November 6 Friday, November 8

Book Discussion: 
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
by Pakistani author, Mohsin Hamid

Artworks, Second Floor
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Light refreshments will be provided
Free event; Please register here.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist book can be purchased at the Ferris State University Bookstore and Great Lakes Book and Supply. For more information please contact Alice Banstra at bandstral@ferris.edu or the Office of International Education.

Japanese Flower Arranging
Patterson's Flowers in Big Rapids
6:30 pm
Fee:  $25
Sponsored by Patterson's Flowers Big Rapids

Discover the art of "Ikebana" by creating an arrangement bringing nature and humanity together. Register for this event by contacting Patterson's Flowers at (231) 796-8683 by October 30.

International Music Night
and Closing Reception

Artworks
7:00 pm
Free event
Sponsored by Artworks, Nawal's Mediterranean Eatery, Pen Dragon and Ferris State University

Musical presentations include the Celtic group Balefire and Saudi Arabian, American, Chinese talented students.  International calligraphy group, Pen Dragon, will be available to create calligraphy pieces for participants. 

Complete programs with event details can be found at these following businesses in downtown Big Rapids:
Old Pioneer Store
Patterson's Flowers
Artworks
Rogers Jewelers
Fairmans Apparel
The Sole
Nawal's Mediterranean Eatery
Big Rapids City Hall
Fifth Third Bank
Peppers Cafe
Ferris State University's Office of International Education