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Mississippi College International Festival 2018

Talent levels are simply amazing at the Mississippi College International Festival. And this year’s edition on April 5 should prove just as entertaining.

New Zealand’s Daniel Martin, president of the International Student Association, and graduate student Dinisha Paul of India will serve as co-hosts on stage that Friday evening. Daniel is majoring in biomedical sciences, while Paul is studying mental health counseling.

On stage at Swor Auditorium, the co-hosts will introduce some students who should be featured on TV shows like ABC’s “American Idol.”

Three Mississippi College exchange students are among the performers. The show begins at 6:30 p.m.

Man-Hua Huang of Taiwan will do a dance number. Huang comes from Chung Yuan Christian University. Yaqi Chen of China will deliver a poetry reading. Chen is from Central China Normal University in Wuhan.

Singing with guitar in hand will be Willyam Barros Souza of Brazil. Souza comes to Mississippi College from Senac University.

Other performers from around the world are booked, too. They come dressed in the attire of their native countries.

Audiences are still buzzing about the dazzling performances of a Bollywood dance at the 2018 International Festival at Swor Auditorium. India’s Dinisha Paul and Harmanpreet Kaur, both mental health graduate students, combined their on-stage skills with nursing major Jiyoung Chun of South Korea. Accounting major Abigail Finley of Port Gibson, Mississippi, joined in with her dance moves.

The Mississippi College Office of Global Education sponsors the production every Spring. Refreshments will be served to audiences in the Nelson Hall lobby after the show. The public is invited.

Many people quietly work behind the scenes to make the show a success. They sell tickets, work as backstage managers, move props and much more. Other volunteers run the music and videos or operate the spotlights.

“More than any other event that the Office of Global Education sponsors each year, the International Festival is a team effort,” says Phala Echols, international programs coordinator.

Prior to the event, tickets cost $5 for students, $7 for faculty and staff and $10 for the community. At the door April 5, prices rise to $7 for students, $10 for faculty and staff and $15 for the community.

For more information, contact Phala Echols at pechols@mc.eduor 601-925-7762. 

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