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International Festival at Mississippi College Attracts Star Talent


Haywards David of India performing at the 2017 festival.

Isaac Tan of Southeast Asia’s Malaysia will perform classical music on the clarinet. The Mississippi College junior will play Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major.

A public relations major on the Clinton campus, Anais Elisseva will recite a poem by Alexander Pushkin from her native Russia. It is titled “I Still Recall the Wondrous Moment.” Other MC students will display the traditional attire of countries around the globe at a fashion show.

The diverse lineup of talent is all part of MC’s 2018 International Festival on the Clinton campus March 2. The show at the university’s Swor Auditorium is open to the public starting at 6:30 p.m. that Friday evening.

Always bringing down the house is the international students’ fabulous fashion show. It will feature the dress of nations such as the Phillipines, India, Pakistan, South Korea, Kurdistan, Kazakhstan, Nigeria and Vietnam.

The MC Office of Global Education is sponsoring the 11th annual event. The entertaining program is always a good way to introduce cultures of other nations to people in Clinton, Jackson and other Central Mississippi communities.

Proceeds from ticket sales will boost MC’s international student scholarships. Ticket prices prior to the event will be $5 for students, $7 for faculty and staff and $10 for general admission. Costs at the door in Nelson Hall are $7 for students, $10 for faculty and staff and $15 for general admission. Children under the age of six will be admitted free.

Mississippi College is home to international students from 43 nations.

President Lee Royce and his wife, Rhoda, Vice President for Academic Affairs Ron Howard and Office of Global Education Director Mei-Chi Piletz usually attend the festival every year.

International Program Coordinator Phala Echols is again in charge of the festival. Following the show, there will light refreshments served in the Nelson Hall lobby.

Tickets can be purchased at the Office of Global Education at 201 Monroe Street. People interested in more information can call the office on the Clinton campus at 601-925-7762.