MSSU to host World Music & Cuisine Festival on April 8

The fourth annual World Music & Cuisine Festival will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 8, in Billingsly Student Center’s Connor Ballroom at Missouri Southern State University.

International students and faculty will prepare their native dishes, while a variety of musical groups perform. Food samplings will be sold for $1 each; for $8 to $10, a person can enjoy a complete meal with drink and dessert.

“The community and the campus always look forward to the World Music & Cuisine Festival with great anticipation,” said Dr. Chad Stebbins, director of the Institute of International Studies. “Where else can you sample exciting, new foods while expanding your musical repertoire at the same time?”

The entertainment will be provided by Kufara, an African marimba band, at 5 p.m.; the Kansas City St. Andrew Pipes & Drums at 5:45 p.m.; Saudi Ardah, a dance by students from Saudi Arabia, at 6:45 p.m.; and the MSSU Caribbean Steel Drums at 7 p.m.

“We’re especially pleased to have the St. Andrew Pipes & Drums join us this year,” Stebbins said. “I think everyone will enjoy hearing the traditional music of Scotland – the Great Highland bagpipes and snares complete with a couple of highland dancers.”

Food selections will include offerings from Wings N More, the Charcoal Grill, Tropical Smoothie Café and other local restaurants, as well as dishes prepared by more than two dozen students, faculty and community members. The Islamic Society of Joplin, the United Hebrew Congregation and Joplin Rotary will also participate.

Presented by the MSSU Institute of International Studies and the MSSU International Club, the World Music & Cuisine Festival is a fundraiser for the university’s international students. Emcees will be Allison Dodge, a student from the United States, and Inge Logtenberg, from the Netherlands.