International Student Organization’s 49th Annual Festival of Nations Set for April 13

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Bemidji State University’s international students will celebrate the traditions and cultures of their home countries April 13 at the 49th Annual Festival of Nations.

The festival, with its theme of “One Festival, Many Cultures” begins at 4 p.m. in the Beaux Arts Ballroom of BSU’s upper Hobson Memorial Union. Admission is free for everyone.

The Festival of Nations is Bemidji State University’s longest-running multicultural festival. The event celebrates the cultural heritage of the university’s diverse student body and gives students, employees and community members with a platform to express their stories through multicultural performances, ethnic foods and personal connections.

There will be a flag processional and welcome followed by various song, dance, arts and crafts and spoken word performances and presentations throughout the evening.

The Festival of Nations is sponsored by BSU’s International Student Organization, Students United, the Center for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and the International Program Center.


Bemidji State University, located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,100 students, Bemidji State offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. The university’s Shared Fundamental Values include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and international and multicultural understanding.