From Indian dances to Sri Lankan songs, West Virginia University will celebrate its diversity at the 18 th annual International Festival Monday, Oct. 17.

The free festival, sponsored by the Office of International Students and Scholars, will be from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms and coincides with Diversity Week activities on the University campus.

Look for displays from various international groupsthe African Student Association, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Germany, India, the Intensive English Program, Malaysia, Mexico, the Muslim Student Association, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Romania, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Venezuela, Women Across Cultures and others.

Some of the exhibitors will have food for sale and sampling, while others will demonstrate the arts of Mendhi and origami and games native to a particular country. There will also be live entertainment, including traditional dances from Brazil and the Philippines, beginning at 11:15 a.m.

About 150 students from local elementary and middle schools are expected to participate, according to Karen Bird, international student program adviser. They will be givenpassportswith questions about different displays. As they travel to each nations booth, kids will receive a stamp when they answer a question correctly.

The festival is designed to educate and share cultures of our international community with the Morgantown community and WVU ,Bird said.More than 1,200 international students are enrolled at WVU this fall, representing over 90 countries.

The festival is open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of International Students and Scholars, 304-293-3519.

A complete schedule of Diversity Week activities is available online athttp://www.wvu.edu/%7Esocjust/diversity_week_2005.htm.

The Office of International Students and Scholars, located in Elizabeth Moore Hall on WVU s Downtown Campus, offers various cross-cultural programs and activities.

WVU s International House, a residence hall for undergraduate students, was recently featured by West Virginia Public BroadcastingsWest Virginia Morningnews program. To listen to the story in MP3 format, go tohttp://www.wvu.edu/~internationalhouse/.